Night Launch

Adventures of a first-time shuttle photographer.

(Ed Darack)

Playing Witness

(Ed Darack)

Watching a shuttle launch on television is dramatic, but standing at Kennedy Space Center and watching it lift off before your eyes takes that drama to a new level. Sadly, my visit came at a time when the 30-year-old shuttle program is coming to an end.

About Ed Darack
Ed Darack

Air & Space/Smithsonian contributing editor Ed Darack’s forthcoming book, The Final Mission 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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