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On July 8, 2011, my family and I had the pleasure of attending NASA's final launch of the space shuttle program. From the turn-basin at Kennedy Space Center, we watched Atlantis rise above launch pad 39A for her final mission. We were standing a mere 3.4 miles away from pad 39A, we were in awe. (Photo credit: Lucy West)

"3-2-1 -zero and Liftoff!..." ↑

"And liftoff, for the final liftoff of Atlantis!

On the shoulders of the space shuttle, America will continue the dream ..." ↑

"Atlantis roll - Houston." / "Roger roll - Atlantis" ↑

Atlantis roaring and soaring! ↑

Thick exhaust plume hanging in the air after launch.

Astrovan and Closeout Crew van sitting in foreground. ↑ 

Pad 39A post launch. ↑

 Pre launch: NASA chopper with armed protection surveying the area as the

Astrovan transports the astronauts to pad 39A. ↑ (Photo credit: Lorna West)

 Astrovan transporting STS-135 astronauts to pad 39A ↑

Post launch: Open VAB door revealing Crawler ↑

A close up peek at the Crawler ↑

Launch Control Center / Firing Room 4, (and one of my favorite buildings in the world!)

This video was taken by my stepson, Jesse Binnall, from his pad:   

About The Artist

Member of

International Association of

Astronomical Artists

You can also see Lucy's work at the following NASA sites:

Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory Operations

Lucy's work is also featured on

Discover Magazine by

@BadAstronomer - Phil Plait

'The Brush Strokes of Star Birth'

and featrued in Plait's

2012 Best Astronomy Images

posted in

Astronomer Without Borders


The Art of Space

Find Lucy's work featured in

Ron Miller's beautiful book,

"The Art of Space"

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