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High above looking down in the VAB Atlantis can be seen prior to rollout for STS-135. This will be the final space shuttle launch.
Space shuttle Endeavour on display in the city of Westchester near Los Angeles International Airport.
A passenger jet looks like it is about to collide with space shuttle Endeavour as it approaches Los Angeles International Airport for a landing.
Perched atop the NASA 905 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, the orbiter Endeavour makes her heralded arrival at the Los Angeles International Airport.
A close-up of the Curiosity Mars rover as she undergoes final assembly inside the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Pasadena, California.
The Curiosity Mars rover undergoes final assembly inside the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Pasadena, California.
Me striking a pose with the Curiosity Mars rover inside the Spacecraft Assembly Facility, at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
The space shuttle Endeavour on display outside of the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza in South L.A.
The space shuttle Endeavor making a turn.
The space shuttle Endeavor flying by with chase plane.
The space shuttle Endeavor flying overhead
Last flight of Discovery.
Endeavour on display. in her enclosure at the
Shuttle Endeavour last fly-by over Mountain View's Ames Research Center
My 1/12 scale Gemini Titan II lift-off at Distant Thunder launch.  Photo taken by my rocket buddy Jeremiah Ritmiller.  Weight 45 lbs height 10 ft diameter 10 in.  Altitude just under 2,000 ft. Motors-
Sea side Rocket Launch, Cocoa Beach, FL.
My 3rd place entry, a flying shopvac, in the LDRS 30 "Oddrocks" contest as seen on the Science Channel.  Pic taken by my rocket buddy Jeremiah Rittmiller.  Weighed 20lbs, reached altitude of about 300
Shuttle Endeavour at Ellington Field by Johnson Space Center en route to Los Angeles.
Shuttle Endeavour and her ride taxiing after touchdown at Ellington Field by Johnson Space Center in Houston.
Close-up of Endeavour and her ride.
Shuttle Endeavour on its 747 transport with NASA chase plane.
Endeavour circling Johnson Space Center from our marina a mile away.
During a special Cub Scout overnight event at the museum my son Tyler dreams of space while sleeping under a replica of the Lunar Lander at the Virginia Air & Space Museum in Hampton Virginia.

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
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Date Taken: 02.2011
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