Douglas H. Wheelock

@Astro_Wheels

Test Pilot; NASA Astronaut: STS-120 & ISS-25; Space Station Commander; Aspiring Poet; Inspired by quiet moments, kindness and the power of the spoken word.

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Atlantis on the move!  This view of shock-wave condensation collars backlit by the Sun occurred during the launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis on September 8, 2000.  The primary effect is created by the forward fuselage of Atlantis, and secondary effects can be seen on the solid rocket booster (SRB) forward skirt, Shuttle vertical stabilizer and wing trailing edge, and behind the Space Shuttle Main Engines (SSME).  T minus 70 hours...and counting...Light the fire!

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1016 days ago

Atlantis on the move! This view of shock-wave condensation collars backlit by the Sun occurred during the launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis on September 8, 2000. The primary effect is created by the forward fuselage of Atlantis, and secondary effects can be seen on the solid rocket booster (SRB) forward skirt, Shuttle vertical stabilizer and wing trailing edge, and behind the Space Shuttle Main Engines (SSME). T minus 70 hours...and counting...Light the fire!

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ernestlv 1007 days ago

JUST AMAZING! i awe 2 da wonders da human mind can do da spaceship & da camera 2 seize the moment

spacenanah 1013 days ago

It takes my breath away everytime

webstriker 1013 days ago

tell me that wasn't fun....

weeeeeee

Daniel_Craig 1015 days ago

How cool is that!

AshleyLeaney 1015 days ago

What is approx. velocity / altitude of Shuttle in this (amazing) photo?

Geshiela 1016 days ago

at least we know what it is and it is not something we need to worry about when we see this..for the last time T_T

Geshiela 1016 days ago

i wish I could capture something like this too! thanks for the explanation

Stelygs 1016 days ago

Magnificent display of beauty, elegance & tremendous power! Thank you, Cdr, for the detailed explanation...(the 'knack' at work!) =)

STfangirl 1016 days ago

Seems we have one more poet :-))) Go, Takenori, keep it up! :-))))

shiosho_chao 1016 days ago

Very fast. Great photo!!

a_cup_of_sea 1016 days ago

The white lion climbs the sky... Toward the sanctuary... With its mane streaming in the wind... :-)

AnaMSanPer 1016 days ago

Good photo!

PC0101 1016 days ago

Yes, but not immediately after start. Obviously a pic from within the first minute after launch.

Pilot1Bill 1016 days ago

Great photo, but...Shouldn't Atlantis be on his back?

albakutschker 1016 days ago

Thank you, schön foto.

suka0421 1016 days ago

WOW! Amazing photo.

SophalMiracle 1016 days ago

Nice, t/Space Shuttle piggy back rocket rides up i/t Sky!The wonders of Man made Rocket! #ISS #fb

silvertabbyJun 1016 days ago

So beautiful!!

HimeIshida 1016 days ago

Love your photos and comments (and explanations!). Thank you for sharing!

mariusbancila 1016 days ago

that is truly an amazing photo