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STS-130 Launch: The Beginning of the End.
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Space shuttle Endeavour blazes a path through the night sky to orbit as it lifts off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This was the final mission for Endeavour and the final scheduled space shuttle night launch.

The primary payload is the Tranquility node, a crew module that also features the cupola, a unique work area with six windows on its sides and one on top. The cupola resembles a circular bay window and will provide a vastly improved view of the station's exterior, as well as providing a spectacular view of Earth and other celestial objects. The module was built in Turin, Italy, for the European Space Agency.

Image Credit: NASA/JPL

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::gaeljet2
02/11/10 5:20 PM GMT
nice, abstract feeling about it
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.buckaroos
02/11/10 6:34 PM GMT
amazing.. as usual
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.Jhihmoac
02/11/10 9:46 PM GMT
Oh, that's right, I forgot...New equipment down the road...Great shot as the shuttle heads into history...Favs...
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::Inkeri
02/11/10 10:25 PM GMT
Amazing photo,Phil.
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::Hottrockin
02/11/10 11:02 PM GMT
Eye candy!!

Smashing scene!!
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Why do the pictures come out square when the lens is round??
.June
02/12/10 7:23 PM GMT
Hey Phil, this is outstanding! How are you?
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We skipped summer :(
.LANJOCKEY
02/14/10 9:10 AM GMT
Hello Phil...This is indeed a very dramatic and powerful shot of the shuttle as she is in the initial stages of the launch...You must have been some distance away from the launch pad when you captured this shot....I like this one very much....Well done...All the best to you Phil.....................................................Mick.
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