Night Launch

Adventures of a first-time shuttle photographer.

(Ed Darack)

The Photographer

(Ben Cooper)

Photographer and writer Ed Darack stands near space shuttle Endeavour before its final planned night launch, February 2010.

About Ed Darack
Ed Darack

Air & Space/Smithsonian contributing editor Ed Darack’s forthcoming book, The Final Flight of Extortion 17 (Smithsonian Books, 2017), covers the story of the people and circumstances of Extortion 17 and its downing in Afghanistan in August 2011. The shootdown was the single deadliest incident in the war in Afghanistan. The book grew out of his article in the Feb./Mar. 2015 issue. See his website and Facebook page for more information.

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