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Father and Son Recreate Space Shuttle Launch Photo 30 Years Later

Musician Chris Bray was 13-years-old when he and his father attended the first ever launch of NASA’s Space Shuttle program on April 12th, 1981. His mother snapped a photograph of the two standing ready with binoculars and a Super 8 camera. Last Friday, Bray (now 44) and his father (now nearly 70) were also in attendance at the final launch of the Shuttle program, and decided to recreate the photo they had taken together 30 years earlier.

(via Reddit via Laughing Squid)


Image credits: Photographs by Chris Bray and used with permission


 
 
  • http://www.billsden.org/ Bill Taroli

    So why did dad wearing a cap as not wearing his watch? ;-) Still very cool though.

  • http://twitter.com/volgyiattila Attila Volgyi

    Good idea and probably a nice memory for them – but unfortunately the photos are way too far from a good match. The only similarity is the father (with the binocular) and son on it.

  • http://twitter.com/Granny_Joan Granny Joan

    Very nice.  Such great thing to share with your father!  Such memories! 

  • Stewart

    Sort of agree. Nice photo op but wasted because of lack of attention to details. This could have been a “great” picture but it’s failed …

  • http://twitter.com/lilchris4444 Chris

    They didn’t age very well did they?

  • Shaun Quinlan

    Poor attention to details, fail.

  • http://twitter.com/Hal_Lee Hal Lee

    The earlier photo has a sense of grandeur with all the cars and spectators in the background.

    The newer photo looks like it could have been taken at a family reunion. Meh.

  • http://twitter.com/KennethAston Kenneth Aston Jr

    I’m thinking about doing that with all my old family photos, that is a great idea.

  • http://twitter.com/KennethAston Kenneth Aston Jr

    Hey I don’t think if “Failed” guys! Give the photographer credit for coming up with the idea! I do think that going to the exact location would’ve helped but still very cool.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PQ54IG5P6I73FWHYGC4LVDZQYI Michael

    Bit of a fail really.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PQ54IG5P6I73FWHYGC4LVDZQYI Michael

    Bit of a fail really.

  • http://twitter.com/Myrddon Henning Nilsen

    Petapixel’s readers are so god damn negative. What’s wrong with some of you?

  • Laurene

    What a poignant moment to have in the scrapbook. It brings home what photographs are about – marking the moments that matter to the people there at the time. Shame to see the critics comments…but then, it sounds like you guys would beat up on yourselves just as much as you pick on each other, but go a little easier on both, hey?

  • Jacobus Van den Ancker

    I guess all of the people saying “fail” have never been to a shuttle launch. You’re pretty much at the mercy of KSC and the crowds as to where you’re able view a launch from. It actually looks like they “upgraded” locations for the final launch (first photo looks like one of those areas 8+ miles away, and the second looks like the NASA causeway… 6 miles away). Regardless, this is about a father and son witnessing two momentous times in US history, not where they where standing.

  • Muhammad Amir Asyraf

    At least wear the same shirt and try to do the same composition. Failed, and ruined that one-time opportunity.

  • Dannynoonan82

    I guess if you’re so much at the mercy of KSC etc… What’s the point? Definite fail.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PQ54IG5P6I73FWHYGC4LVDZQYI Michael

    if something is worth doing its worth doing right.   hat, shirt, watch, camera, even the direction the son is looking in…  all wrong.

  • Ylucic

    Mom Just Took both Pictures And then notice The similarity

  • http://profiles.google.com/slimspidey Spider- Man

    C’mon these guys are the ‘PROS’ they have every right to point out every flaw of the Fauxtogs. I mean c’mon they didn’t even use the same cam Fer Christs SAKE! ;)

    /sarcasm LOL

  • http://profiles.google.com/slimspidey Spider- Man

    C’mon these guys are the ‘PROS’ they have every right to point out every flaw of the Fauxtogs. I mean c’mon they didn’t even use the same cam Fer Christs SAKE! ;)

    /sarcasm LOL

  • Ryan Fitzgibbons

    Now with these pictures, we FINALLY have something nerds can argue about on the internet!

  • Swerwrwerwerwerdfdsf

    The older picture is actually nicer

  • http://twitter.com/Tallscreen Paul Plowman

    Has it come to this? Is this a fail because it’s not awesome enough? A guy and his dad watched the first and last shuttle launches together. That’s awesome. The photos are a bonus.

  • Stewart

    Not doubting it was a great idea but it’s execution was poor.

    “The photos are a bonus.”

    Disagree. As they state …

    “and decided to recreate the photo they had taken together 30 years earlier”.

  • Anonymous

    What is the recording device in the 1981 photo? I don’t remember film recorders being that small back in 1981. Is it something else? Interested to know.

  • Geo D

    Wow!! A lot of you don’t have anything nice to say. Such a same you have to live with so much negativity. I work with Ken (the father) and I think it was a fantastic picture and both launches were a priceless memory with his son. The picture wasn’t supposed to be a perfect match. They were there 30yrs ago to see the first shuttle launch and they decided to go back down to watch the last shuttle launch. The pictures just kind of fell in place. Pure and simple…it was a father & son moment that repeated itself 30yrs later.

    The camera Chris used in 81 was a Super 8 camera:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_8_mm_film

  • Geo D

    Oh, I almost forgot. For all of you that can’t say anything nice about this moment and picture. I have only one thing to say to all of you:

    http://profile.ak.fbcdn.net/hprofile-ak-snc4/41577_74440114906_468568_n.jpg

  • http://twitter.com/laserfloyd Lewis McCrary

    Like someone else said, they look like they’re are on the Causeway.  I’ll tell you this, to hell with recreating a photo-op if you have access to the Causeway.  It’s as close as the public can get without being a VIP.  Those tickets were going for $600+ dollars on eBay.

    As far as I’m concerned, it’s a great father and son moment.  I was with my mother and 8 year old son at this launch (KSCVC).  The last thing on your mind is a photo-op really.  You feel lucky to be there and see something so amazing.  It’s the most intense thing I’ve ever experienced, even from that vantage point.  I’d tell people it’s something you have to experience but, oops, so much for that! :)

    Give these guys a break.  It’s a great shot and the odds of it occurring at all were low to begin with. So, as the old saying goes, if you can’t say anything nice then, well, you know the rest. ;)

  • http://twitter.com/laserfloyd Lewis McCrary

    Like someone else said, they look like they’re are on the Causeway.  I’ll tell you this, to hell with recreating a photo-op if you have access to the Causeway.  It’s as close as the public can get without being a VIP.  Those tickets were going for $600+ dollars on eBay.

    As far as I’m concerned, it’s a great father and son moment.  I was with my mother and 8 year old son at this launch (KSCVC).  The last thing on your mind is a photo-op really.  You feel lucky to be there and see something so amazing.  It’s the most intense thing I’ve ever experienced, even from that vantage point.  I’d tell people it’s something you have to experience but, oops, so much for that! :)

    Give these guys a break.  It’s a great shot and the odds of it occurring at all were low to begin with. So, as the old saying goes, if you can’t say anything nice then, well, you know the rest. ;)

  • http://twitter.com/laserfloyd Lewis McCrary

    Like someone else said, they look like they’re are on the Causeway.  I’ll tell you this, to hell with recreating a photo-op if you have access to the Causeway.  It’s as close as the public can get without being a VIP.  Those tickets were going for $600+ dollars on eBay.

    As far as I’m concerned, it’s a great father and son moment.  I was with my mother and 8 year old son at this launch (KSCVC).  The last thing on your mind is a photo-op really.  You feel lucky to be there and see something so amazing.  It’s the most intense thing I’ve ever experienced, even from that vantage point.  I’d tell people it’s something you have to experience but, oops, so much for that! :)

    Give these guys a break.  It’s a great shot and the odds of it occurring at all were low to begin with. So, as the old saying goes, if you can’t say anything nice then, well, you know the rest. ;)

  • http://twitter.com/laserfloyd Lewis McCrary

    Like someone else said, they look like they’re are on the Causeway.  I’ll tell you this, to hell with recreating a photo-op if you have access to the Causeway.  It’s as close as the public can get without being a VIP.  Those tickets were going for $600+ dollars on eBay.

    As far as I’m concerned, it’s a great father and son moment.  I was with my mother and 8 year old son at this launch (KSCVC).  The last thing on your mind is a photo-op really.  You feel lucky to be there and see something so amazing.  It’s the most intense thing I’ve ever experienced, even from that vantage point.  I’d tell people it’s something you have to experience but, oops, so much for that! :)

    Give these guys a break.  It’s a great shot and the odds of it occurring at all were low to begin with. So, as the old saying goes, if you can’t say anything nice then, well, you know the rest. ;)

  • http://twitter.com/laserfloyd Lewis McCrary

    Like someone else said, they look like they’re are on the Causeway.  I’ll tell you this, to hell with recreating a photo-op if you have access to the Causeway.  It’s as close as the public can get without being a VIP.  Those tickets were going for $600+ dollars on eBay.

    As far as I’m concerned, it’s a great father and son moment.  I was with my mother and 8 year old son at this launch (KSCVC).  The last thing on your mind is a photo-op really.  You feel lucky to be there and see something so amazing.  It’s the most intense thing I’ve ever experienced, even from that vantage point.  I’d tell people it’s something you have to experience but, oops, so much for that! :)

    Give these guys a break.  It’s a great shot and the odds of it occurring at all were low to begin with. So, as the old saying goes, if you can’t say anything nice then, well, you know the rest. ;)

  • http://twitter.com/laserfloyd Lewis McCrary

    Like someone else said, they look like they’re are on the Causeway.  I’ll tell you this, to hell with recreating a photo-op if you have access to the Causeway.  It’s as close as the public can get without being a VIP.  Those tickets were going for $600+ dollars on eBay.

    As far as I’m concerned, it’s a great father and son moment.  I was with my mother and 8 year old son at this launch (KSCVC).  The last thing on your mind is a photo-op really.  You feel lucky to be there and see something so amazing.  It’s the most intense thing I’ve ever experienced, even from that vantage point.  I’d tell people it’s something you have to experience but, oops, so much for that! :)

    Give these guys a break.  It’s a great shot and the odds of it occurring at all were low to begin with. So, as the old saying goes, if you can’t say anything nice then, well, you know the rest. ;)

  • http://twitter.com/laserfloyd Lewis McCrary

    Like someone else said, they look like they’re are on the Causeway.  I’ll tell you this, to hell with recreating a photo-op if you have access to the Causeway.  It’s as close as the public can get without being a VIP.  Those tickets were going for $600+ dollars on eBay.

    As far as I’m concerned, it’s a great father and son moment.  I was with my mother and 8 year old son at this launch (KSCVC).  The last thing on your mind is a photo-op really.  You feel lucky to be there and see something so amazing.  It’s the most intense thing I’ve ever experienced, even from that vantage point.  I’d tell people it’s something you have to experience but, oops, so much for that! :)

    Give these guys a break.  It’s a great shot and the odds of it occurring at all were low to begin with. So, as the old saying goes, if you can’t say anything nice then, well, you know the rest. ;)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DTRRBHK3OAY5HPC2F6RNHCD5ME Carlos U

     looks fake if you ask me

  • Ed

    Paul Plowman 1 week ago

    Has it come to this? Is this a fail because it’s not awesome
    enough? A guy and his dad watched the first and last shuttle launches
    together. That’s awesome. The photos are a bonus…… sure – but does every photo need to be shared on the internet?

  • Ed

    Paul Plowman 1 week ago

    Has it come to this? Is this a fail because it’s not awesome
    enough? A guy and his dad watched the first and last shuttle launches
    together. That’s awesome. The photos are a bonus…… sure – but does every photo need to be shared on the internet?

  • Ed

    Paul Plowman 1 week ago

    Has it come to this? Is this a fail because it’s not awesome
    enough? A guy and his dad watched the first and last shuttle launches
    together. That’s awesome. The photos are a bonus…… sure – but does every photo need to be shared on the internet?

  • Ed

    Paul Plowman 1 week ago

    Has it come to this? Is this a fail because it’s not awesome
    enough? A guy and his dad watched the first and last shuttle launches
    together. That’s awesome. The photos are a bonus…… sure – but does every photo need to be shared on the internet?

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  • Chris’s mom

    way better than you

  • Shaun’s mom

    Just like you

  • Michael’s mom

    Not as big a complete failure as you

  • Carlos’s brother

    Not as fake as your smile, personality and 2-year Associate’s Degree