Posts Tagged ‘spaceshuttle’

Dan Winters Gives an Emotional Talk on Shooting the Final Space Shuttle Launches

In 2011, when the end of NASA’s shuttle program was announced, photographer Dan Winters decided that he would photograph the final three launches and compile those images into a book.

That book, Last Launch, was released in 2012, and is well worth the $33 if would cost you to pick it up for yourself on Amazon. But, of course, sometimes the story behind the images is just as powerful than the images themselves, and Winters recently opened up about the entire experience on stage at WIRED by Design. Read more…

Mesmerizing Slow Motion Shuttle Launch Compilation Set to ‘Armageddon’ Theme

By combining slow-motion footage of the STS-124 and STS-117 shuttle launches captured from a plethora of different angles, and setting the resulting compilation to the theme from the 1998 blockbuster ‘Armageddon,’ this video uploaded to the AmericasSpaceShuttle YouTube channel in 2011 pulls you in and won’t let you go. Read more…

Two Spectacular Photographs of a Volcanic Eruption as Seen from Space by Endeavour

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In September and October of 1994, the space shuttle Endeavour was orbiting 115 nautical miles above Earth while the Kliuchevskoi Volcano was spewing ash and dust into the atmosphere at an alarming rate. Not in any position to do anything about it, the astronauts aboard the space shuttle did the only thing they could do… they took pictures. Read more…

NASA’s Experiments with Digital Cameras in Capturing Shuttle Launches

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Ever since June of 2011, NASA has had cause to retire the photographic equipment it used to capture shuttle launches because, well, they don’t plan on launching any more shuttles. But before that decision was made, it looks like NASA was finally giving digital photographic equipment a chance to oust the analog cameras they had always used in the past. Read more…

Shuttle Launch Captured in Amazing High Def by Cameras on the Rocket Boosters

When the Space Shuttle Atlantis launched on June 8th, 2011 it marked the end of NASA’s Space Shuttle Program. The video above harkens back to that not-so-long-ago era of space shuttles, and gives us an incredible view of a shuttle launch the likes of which we’ve not had the opportunity to share before. Read more…

Check Out How the Pros Used to Capture Space Shuttle Launches in the 1980s

The end of NASA’s Space Shuttle program in 2011 meant the end for more than the shuttles themselves. One aspect of the program you may not have known about was the plethora of incredible photo and video equipment that was used during the program’s heyday to capture each launch. At any given launch, about 138 professional still, video and TV cameras were pointing at the shuttle, and some of them were downright incredible. Read more…

A Birds-Eye View Photo of Space Shuttle Discovery’s First Launch

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NASA’s Space Shuttle Discovery’s first launch was back on August 30th, 1984 from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. During the event, astronaut John W. Young was flying nearby in a Shuttle Training Aircraft, which astronauts use to assess weather conditions prior to launches and landings.

Shortly after Discovery lifted into the air, Young pulled out his camera and snapped the above picture-perfect photograph of the orbiter climbing into space. He managed to catch the shuttle and its fiery trail framed by the reflection of the sun on the Atlantic Ocean. You can find a much higher resolution version of this photograph here.


Image credit: Photograph by John Young/NASA

Ten Years Later: The Impact of The Tragic Columbia Space Shuttle Photo

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Two days ago marked the 10th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster, in which 7 astronauts lost their lives during reentry as the rest of us watched horror-struck from the ground. The following day, newspapers the world over were announcing the tragic news, all of them using the same photo taken, not by a prolific AP photographer, but a cardiologist and his 6.3MP Canon D60. Read more…

Processing a Space Shuttle Endeavour Flyby Photo Using Lightroom

When Space Shuttle Endeavour was making low level flyovers of famous landmarks across the United States a couple of months ago, Adobe Lightroom Quality Engineer Ben Warde was able to photograph it flying by the Golden Gate Bridge. The 10-minute video above shows how Warde post-processed one of his best shots from that day using basic Lightroom adjustments. While the information may be basic for many of you, it should be helpful for people who are just starting out with programs like Lightroom, Adobe Camera Raw, or Aperture.
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A Beautiful Time-Lapse of Space Shuttle Endeavour’s Journey Through LA

If you’ve been following the news over the past week, you probably know that the Space Shuttle Endeavour spent October 11-14 rolling through the streets of Los Angeles, going from the Los Angeles International Airport to its new home at the California Science Center. News crews and large camera-wielding crowds were constantly by the shuttle’s side, documenting its progress.

For those of you who weren’t lucky enough to personally witness the neat sight of the giant shuttle moving through the city, check out the beautifully-made time-lapse video above that shows the four-day journey in under three minutes.
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