Friday, September 21, 2012

Shuttle Endeavour Flyover at NASA Moffett Field (Endeavor and Fighter Jet)

On 9-21-2012, the space shuttle Endeavour made its last voyage from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to Los Angeles, CA where it will rest in the California Science Center museum. The space shuttle was flown attached on top of a Boeing 747 and has made its trip across several famous landmarks all over the United States including the NASA Moffett Field, Monterey Bay, and the Golden Gate Bridge. Endeavour has flown 25 missions, including 12 to help construct and outfit the space station, and logged nearly 123 million miles in flight during 4,671 orbits. It has served us all a very long time and has helped us further understand our unique and mysterious universe. For those who were not lucky enough to get to see it or wish to see it close up and relive the event again, here are the photos I took at the event at NASA Moffett Field near Mountain View, CA. These photos includes photos of the event, the space shuttle itself, the paparazzi groups, and some other stuff. I hope you enjoy viewing these photos! These photos will be split into several parts!

Full Resolution Photos and Prints: If you want to see full resolution photos or buy prints of any of the photos you see, they are up on my portfolio for viewing. View my best event photos here. If you want to view all the photos from the event, use this link.

Message from the photographer: Hi fans! I was lucky enough to reschedule with my professor about today's lab! I am such a bad student right? 😅 So yeah, I got up at 5:45 A.M. (well technically my friend's call woke me up because he got overexcited) to start heading to the event at Moffett Field near Mountain View! Also had to pick my friend up along the way. By the time I was in NASA, it was about 7:30. I started taking photos of the event immediately. So later took photos of the people there, took photos of the speech and also video taped a portion of it... Then I took some photos for my friend because he knows I am good with photos, and his camera was crappy anyways. 😂 So yeah, after that, I got ready to take photos of the space shuttle along with everyone else, but turns out the space shuttle was 15 minutes late even though they said any minute now.

So anyways, after I got the photos, I got lunch, and rushed home, and got home at like 4:30 P.M.. I know all of you fans would want to see these photos so I immediately got to work. After 4 hours of work (dinner included) I finished the photos and here I am typing up this blog post! :) I hope you enjoy viewing these. I'm going to start you guys off with the most important photos, which is of the space shuttle Endeavour and its accompanying fighter jet.

Also, no tips on high speed photography in this blog post. :) I plan on doing a blog post just for that soon! (Update 9-28-2012: Blog post is available here.) So check back often. You can always Follow/Like me on my FacebookTwitter, or Instagram for updates!

Aircraft approaching. 

 Another photo of the aircraft approaching.

The fighter jet that accompanied the space shuttle for the entire flight. I quickly turned my camera toward this, took 2 shots, and switch back onto the main subject, the space shuttle! 

The aircraft flying low over one of the buildings so we can take a photo. It was really low!  

 Another photo of it right over the building. 

The aircraft flying off into the distance. It only made one pass. 

These are all the photos for today. The event photos, paparazzi groups photos, and some other stuff I took photos of will be coming up in the next few posts so stick around! Please don't forget to share my blog posts with your friends! If you would like to get notifications next time I post, you can "Like" me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter and Instagram. These links can also be found on the top of the right sidebar.

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