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Uploaded on Apr 5, 2010
I shot this video from the roof of the 525 foot tall Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center during the launch of NASA's space shuttle Discovery on mission STS-131 to the International Space Station. NASA allows a very limited number of photographers onto the roof of the VAB, outside, to shoot shuttle launches. We set up on the eastern edge of the roof, about 20 feet or so from the edge (don't look down!!!) facing Launch Complex 39. From there, we can see the entire KSC and Space Coast landscape, including the shuttle launch complex, Launch Complex 39-B to the left (Ares I rocket), and complexes 37, 40 and 41 (Delta IV, Atlas 5 and Falcon 9 rocket launch pads). What may be the final nighttime shuttle launch was spectacular, bathing everything in light as bright as the afternoon Sun. The sound was incredible and made the roof of the VAB shake and bounce up and down. After launch, we could hear the cheers 500 feet below from the shuttle workers at the employee viewing area below us.