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Those of you that read my original long overdue post on the Orion launch may think that it’s all about remotes. Since only 40 or so people were allowed on the bus to set out remotes – the other 1000 people (or more) that cover the launch would be out of luck. 

YES – the best up close and personal look at the launch does come from remote cameras in most cases. Covering a launch is a multi-day activity getting ready for that moment of liftoff.,

Most of the people get to view the launch from either Press Site 39 or one of the nearby causeways, This means a very early morning bus ride for a launch at sunrise, You have to be in place quite a will before T minus 0.

Sunrise on the day of the delayed launch ©2014-Bill Pekala

This was the great sunrise THE FIRST ATTEMPT AT LAUNCH – needless to say after several hours waiting  – it was delayed a day. Oh well – we get to do it again tomorrow or in a few days.

Just to give you an idea of what the causeway is like during a launch – here are a few shots taken while waiting.

waiting of that great moment. ©2014 Bill Pekala

Its also a great time to share memories with your friends – I have had the pleasure of working with some of the best in the business.

©2014 Bill Pekala

Mark Suban (left) and Steve Heiner (right) – Brian Aho in the background pointing- Three the best in the business. I learned a lot from them and hopefully the same is true on their part.

Below is what a 600mm lens will give you from the causeway. Not the best image but the experience is worth every minute of time spent.

Launch from causeway ©2014-Bill Pekala
©2014-Bill Pekala

If you have the opportunity to experience a launch in person – DO NOT PASS IT UP!

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