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James Brown
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posted 11-09-2006 07:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for James Brown   Click Here to Email James Brown     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
http://www.freewebs.com/robmed/sts116.htm

A few photos from my first rollout this morning. Turn down your volume (music). Can't wait for the next one.

James


Ben
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posted 11-09-2006 07:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ben   Click Here to Email Ben     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jimmy, it was good seeing you again. It was a great rollout, especially in terms of the lighting resulting from a crystal clear sunrise.

I too have posted some of my photos:
http://www.launchphotography.com/STS-116_rollout.html

And that's Jimmy snapping a photo in one of them!

Great shots Jimmy, as always.

[Edited by Ben (November 09, 2006).]

James Brown
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posted 11-09-2006 07:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for James Brown   Click Here to Email James Brown     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I also got pics of Ben. He's wearing the blue shirt in photos 5 and 6 on my site.

James


icarkie
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posted 11-10-2006 02:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for icarkie   Click Here to Email icarkie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Fantastic photos James, Ben,
Your right about the lighting.
What a sight to see first thing in the morning.
all the best
Ian.

KSCartist
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posted 11-10-2006 07:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jim & Ben-

Thanks for sharing. It's such a majestic sight. You guys are artists in every sense of the word.
I'm envious that your medium allows for (almost) instant gratification.
I have to wait for the paint to dry. LOL

Beautiful work!

Tim

James Brown
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posted 11-10-2006 07:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for James Brown   Click Here to Email James Brown     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks guys. I have only been closer to the shuttle one other time. I almost didn't go down because of the time of the rollout, but decided at the last minute to go ahead and give it a shot ( it's an 8 hr. drive each way for me ). I'm glad I did, and will definately be back down for another one in the future.

In case you missed it, I added a 3D shot to the site last night at the bottom of the page.

James

Gilbert
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posted 11-10-2006 07:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gilbert   Click Here to Email Gilbert     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Fantastic photographs, Jimmy!
JB and I talked on the telephone yesterday as he was driving home from the Cape. I suggested that he publish an art book of the hundreds of shuttle roll-out, astronaut walkout, and shuttle launch photographs he's taken in the last 15 years or so. Does anyone agree with me?

mensax
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posted 11-10-2006 08:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mensax   Click Here to Email mensax     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow... some great photos. thanks for sharing. What are the pieces below each of the shuttles wings? I don't suppose they bear any of the weight of the shuttle... are they there to brace the shuttle from wind movement?

Noah

irish guy
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posted 11-10-2006 09:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for irish guy   Click Here to Email irish guy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi James,Hi gilbert.
Wonderful shots of Thursdays roll out James,and thank u for sharing them with us.Always delighted to show folks here in Ireland these shots and say I know the guy who took them.It would be great if u ever decided to publish a selection of ur shots.All the best guys,and see u all at the Cape next year for Dan Tanis flight.
Regards Eamonn

Ken Havekotte
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posted 11-10-2006 09:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken Havekotte   Click Here to Email Ken Havekotte     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Noah--Those two large devices are the Tail Service Masts that provide several umbilical connections to the orbiter, including a LOX line through one and a LH2 feed through another. These cryogenic propellants feed into the external tank from the pad tanks via of the twin connections. At liftoff, the umbilicals pull away from the shuttle and retract into the masts, where protective hoods rotate closed to shield them from the exhaust flames. Each mast is 15 feet long and rises 31 feet above the mobile launcher platform deck. Other umbilicals using the twin masts carry helium and nitrogen, as well as ground cooling, purge air, electrical power and communications links. Actually, Noah, the masts don't support the orbiter as one may think from seeing them. Eight attach posts, four on the aft skirt of each solid rocket booster, support and hold the entire shuttle configuration on the pad.

Jimmy and Ben--Great photos, guys, of Discovery's recent rollout. Early morning rollouts like this are some of my favorite coverages since the start of the shuttle program, actually, even going back to the later Apollo program when I was photographing the Saturn Vs, all the Skylabs, and ASTP during their first movements on the crawlerway. I think of all the space-related events and activities that I've covered first-hand since the early 1970s, many of those highlights were supporting some of the earlier rollouts that were so vivid, dramatic, and picturesque--especially as a sunrise was approaching...Just beautiful!

James Brown
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posted 11-10-2006 10:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for James Brown   Click Here to Email James Brown     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Eamonn,

Stay in touch regarding your trip over next year. Perhaps we can hook up again.

James

tegwilym
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posted 11-10-2006 01:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tegwilym   Click Here to Email tegwilym     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What's with the guys lying flat on the ground in this image? http://www.launchphotography.com/STS-116_rollout_10.JPG

I can just imagine myself doing that...but it would have been from passing out from excitement seeing the shuttle up and close.

Ughh....you guys make me sick with jealously. I so desperately want to successfully see a lunch before the birds are retired.

Tom

James Brown
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posted 11-10-2006 01:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for James Brown   Click Here to Email James Brown     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I saw that too. I told Ben it looked like the crawler had run over them.

I think they are lying down to shoot some photos "straight up". At least I hope that's what they're doing.

You need to come down Tom. Give it a try. You might just luck out a see an on time launch. It's always a gamble.

James

Ben
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posted 11-10-2006 02:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ben   Click Here to Email Ben     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the comments everyone. Ken and Jimmy, one day I'd like to see more of your photos, especially dating back to that pre-and early-shuttle era Ken.

Those guys laying down got run over by the crawler and are awaiting help. Actually, the guy on the left is a friend. Here are some of what he got:
http://www.pbase.com/rod_ostoski/sts116

Tom, you should definitely be trying! Just plan carefully.

For both Tom and Eamonn, if you guys have any questions about coming or need help, just ask at anytime. Everyone should experience this at least once!

tegwilym
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posted 11-13-2006 12:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tegwilym   Click Here to Email tegwilym     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Ben:

Those guys laying down got run over by the crawler and are awaiting help. Actually, the guy on the left is a friend. Here are some of what he got:
http://www.pbase.com/rod_ostoski/sts116

Tom, you should definitely be trying! Just plan carefully.


Those are great photos. I'd let the crawler run over my foot if I could get some shots like that!

My girlfriend told me that I need to get out of the Seattle dark dampness since it's making me kind of nuts, and I need some sunshine. She told me I should go to the December launch, even if she couldn't make it this time.
Hmmm...how long until the launch tickets sell out? Or could I tag along with Ben and Robert and get into the VIP areas?

T.

irish guy
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posted 11-18-2006 06:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for irish guy   Click Here to Email irish guy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the pictures ben,and I will certainly be talking to u in the new year.I look forward to seeing u all agin in 2007.Watched sts 108 from a park across the river,but its my dream,to be next to the countdown clock this fall.
All the best eamonn

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