Space Shuttle Feb 2001

I think we were extremely lucky that the Shuttle lifted off exactly on schedule. Even though we were located 4-5 miles away it was still an awsome sight. The only disappointment was the reduced sound level - I so badly wanted to feel those vibrations! The timing of the lift off was perfect - just after sundown, such that the lower half of the exhaust plume was in twilight, the middle red from the setting sun and the upper parts in full sunlight.