26 Sep 2012
17 Apr 2012
Kennedy Space Center, FL – The Space Coast said good bye to one of our most famous residence, Space Shuttle Discovery, on Tuesday, April 17. Discovery was flown over head along the Space Coast one final time. Discovery took off from the runway at KSC at first light, around 7 am, and then the orbiter and Shuttle Carrier Aircraft flew over Kennedy Space Center and the KSC Visitor Complex, headed south to around Patrick AFB then turned around and flew back up the coast along Cocoa Beach & Cape Canaveral and then fly out for D.C. Even though the shuttles are scheduled to flew out there will still be rocket launches to enjoy.
On April 10, a very special plane landed at the Kennedy Space Center, it was a modified Boeing 747 jet airliner, originally manufactured for commercial use, it was turned into a Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, or SCA, by NASA and designated NASA 905. It was here to prepare to ferry the shuttle Discovery on her flight to the Washington Dulles International Airport in Sterling, Va.
Discovery was the third in NASA’s fleet of orbiters after the Columbia and Challenger. It was launched for the first time on Aug. 30, 1984, completed 39 missions, including the deployment of the Hubble Space Telescope, and landed at KSC for the last time on March 9, 2011.
Discovery will be placed on permanent public display in the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va.
09 Jan 2012
As winter arrives so do large numbers of waterfowl to the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Above, blue-winged teal come in for a landing. One of the best things about living on the Space Coast is all the opportunities to get outdoors and visit the parks and refuges. Merritt Island NWR is one of the best national parks in Florida to see wildlife.
27 Aug 2011
05 Jun 2011
The Cocoa Beach Hot Rod Power Tour rumbled into Cocoa Beach this weekend as fans lined A1A for the kick-off of the nation’s top car show. Pictured above is 67 SS Camaro that was part of the Ron Jon Friday Night Cruise. The show was held at Port Canaveral and as many as 3000 cars participated.
69 Pontiac GTO Judge
2007 Shelby Mustang GT500
68 Pontiac Firebird Formula 400
70 Dodge Challenger RT
01 Apr 2011
Space Shuttle Endeavour is about to make its final trip from Launch Complex 39A for mission STS-134 at Kennedy Space Center. With only two Space Shuttle launches left, I wanted to share my favorite photo of Space Shuttle Endeavour, with the Crawler Transporter in foreground, which I shot when I worked at CCAFS. View more Space Shuttle Tribute Images.
The photo above is of Endeavour sitting in wait on Launch Complex 39B for the STS-400 mission which never launched. STS-400 was the Space Shuttle contingency support (Launch On Need) flight, which would have been launched if a major problem had occurred on Space Shuttle Atlantis during STS-125.
Currently, Endeavour is set for lift off in mid April. See my Cape Canaveral Launch Schedule for more information about the mission and times and dates of more launches.
So far, Space Shuttle Endeavour has been on 24 missions with 148 crew members, spent over 280 days in space, orbited the earth 4,429 times and traveled 103,149,636 miles. I wish Godspeed and a safe flight to Endeavour and her STS-134 crew.
10 Mar 2011