NASA LADEE Launch
September 07, 2013 • Leave a Comment
As a young kid, we sat in our seats in our fifth grade classroom for the first launch of the the Space Shuttle Columbia. Ever since that day in Mr LeFavore's classroom, I always wanted to see one in person. As the Space Shuttle chapter came to a close, I never had a chance to see a launch. Fast forward to September 6, 2013. I made plans with my wife to go to Ocean City MD. We never make any last minute decisions like this. Our schedules are booked well in advance. An hour later, I learned that they were launching a rocket from Wallops Island VA. Time to get the camera ready. There was little time for planning. I was 3 hours away in Baltimore, short on sleep from a late night football game the night before. No time to even think about getting any gear. I could only use what was in my camera bag. The Eminem song "Lose Yourself" kept running through my mind. The phrase "you only get one shot" was the key. When the countdown on my phone reached zero, it was time to click the shutter. All of a sudden, there was a flash of light on the horizon. The oohs and ahhs started. After 52 seconds, the Minotaur V rocket was out of the 24mm range of my lens. Time to recompose the shot. No such luck. As it turns out, I only got "One Shot".
A little bit of the 5th grade kid came out of me last night. That 5th grade kid would have said something like "That was really rad" or "!@#$% awesome".
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