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Last flight of Discovery.
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1st Annual Air & Space Photo Contest
Last flight of Discovery.

"I am in many ways, a product of the American space program," says Widick. "My hometown was Cocoa Beach. My father was an engineer for NASA. The early astronauts were frequent visitors to my backyard for barbecues and gatherings. I became interested in photography due to the influence of the legendary LIFE magazine photographer Ralph Morse. I met him just prior to Apollo 11. When space shuttle Discovery completed the last liftoff of a 39-flight career, I had been granted access inside the Pad 39A perimeter fence, and decided to place a Vietnam-era 190-degree panoramic camera alongside the southwest end of the concrete pad. The effect was to capture in great detail the pad, shuttle Discovery, and frame it in the main engine exhaust, which, due to the sweeping of the camera, appears above Discovery as she heads on her last trip into space and the ISS."

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Boca Raton, Florida, United States of America
Member since 2014
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Image Source: digital
Date Taken: 02.2011
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Date Uploaded: April 11, 2013, 6:35 a.m.
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