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Chinese Chinese Clear Brilliance Terrace
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Uncle Sam's color expert. Washington, D.C., Sept. 20. Miss Dorothy Nickerson is one person who can't afford to go color-blind. She is the color analyst of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and measures color as a means of grading and standardizing many agricultural products such as cotton, hay, fruits, vegetables, rice, honey, meat, grains, breads and many others. Miss Nickerson is using the special instrument designed by the Department of Agriculture for the measurement of color, in respect to hue, brilliance and chroma, the three elements distinguishing color. Miss Nickerson is measuring the color of cotton in this picture. 9/20/37
Turning night into day, the brilliance of Space Shuttle Discovery's launch is reflected in the waters nearby. Liftoff occurred at 7:50 p.m. EST from Launch Pad 39B. On board are Commander Curtis L. Brown Jr., Pilot Scott J. Kelly and Mission Specialists Steven L. Smith, C. Michael Foale (Ph.D.), John M. Grunsfeld (Ph.D.), Claude Nicollier of Switzerland and Jean-François Clervoy of France. Nicollier and Clervoy are with the European Space Agency. STS-103 is a Hubble Servicing Mission, with three planned space walks designed to install new equipment and replace old. The primary objective is to replace the gyroscopes that make up the three Rate Sensor Units. Extravehicular activities include installing a new computer, changing out one of the Fine Guidance Sensors, replacing a tape recorder with a new solid state recorder, and installing a voltage/temperature improvement kit, and begin repairing the insulation on the telescope's outer surface. After the 7-day, 21-hour mission, Discovery is expected to land at KSC Monday, Dec. 27, at about 5:24 p.m. EST. This is the 27th flight of Discovery and the 96th mission in the Space Shuttle Program. It is the third launch at Kennedy Space Center in 1999 KSC-99pp1476

Turning night into day, the brilliance of Space Shuttle Discovery's la...

Turning night into day, the brilliance of Space Shuttle Discovery's launch is reflected in the waters nearby. Liftoff occurred at 7:50 p.m. EST from Launch Pad 39B. On board are Commander Curtis L. Brown Jr., P... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. --  The brilliance of the exhaust flames from Space Shuttle Discovery’s solid rocket boosters are captured in the water below Launch Pad 39A. The perfect on-time liftoff at 7:17 p.m. EDT sends a crew of seven on a construction flight to the International Space Station on mission STS-92, the 100th in the history of the Shuttle program. Discovery also carries a payload that includes the Integrated Truss Structure Z-1, first of 10 trusses that will form the backbone of the Space Station, and the third Pressurized Mating Adapter that will provide a Shuttle docking port for solar array installation on the sixth Station flight and Lab installation on the seventh Station flight. Discovery’s landing is expected Oct. 22 at 2:10 p.m. EDT KSC-00pp1554

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- The brilliance of the exhaust flames fr...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- The brilliance of the exhaust flames from Space Shuttle Discovery’s solid rocket boosters are captured in the water below Launch Pad 39A. The perfect on-time liftoff at 7:17 p.m. ... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. --  The brilliance of the exhaust flames from Space Shuttle Discovery’s solid rocket boosters are captured in the water below Launch Pad 39A. The perfect on-time liftoff at 7:17 p.m. EDT sends a crew of seven on a construction flight to the International Space Station on mission STS-92, the 100th in the history of the Shuttle program. Discovery also carries a payload that includes the Integrated Truss Structure Z-1, first of 10 trusses that will form the backbone of the Space Station, and the third Pressurized Mating Adapter that will provide a Shuttle docking port for solar array installation on the sixth Station flight and Lab installation on the seventh Station flight. Discovery’s landing is expected Oct. 22 at 2:10 p.m. EDT KSC00pp1554

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- The brilliance of the exhaust flames fr...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- The brilliance of the exhaust flames from Space Shuttle Discovery’s solid rocket boosters are captured in the water below Launch Pad 39A. The perfect on-time liftoff at 7:17 p.m. ... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla.  --  Nearby waters capture the brilliance of Space Shuttle Endeavour's flames as it leaps off Launch Pad 39B toward space. Liftoff of Endeavour occurred at 10:06:01 p.m. EST. Endeavour is transporting the P6 Integrated Truss Structure that comprises Solar Array Wing-3 and the Integrated Electronic Assembly, to provide power to the Space Station. The 11-day mission includes two spacewalks to complete the solar array connections. Endeavour is expected to land Dec. 11 at 6:19 p.m. EST KSC-00pp1805

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Nearby waters capture the brilliance o...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Nearby waters capture the brilliance of Space Shuttle Endeavour's flames as it leaps off Launch Pad 39B toward space. Liftoff of Endeavour occurred at 10:06:01 p.m. EST. Endeavou... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla.  --  Flanked on both sides by billows of smoke and steam, Space Shuttle Endeavour lifts off Launch Pad 39B trailing flames behind. The nearby waters capture the brilliance of the launch. Liftoff occurred on time at 10:06:01 p.m. EST. Endeavour and its five-member crew will deliver U.S. solar arrays to the International Space Station and be the first Shuttle crew to visit the Station’s first resident crew. The 11-day mission includes three spacewalks. This marks the 101st mission in Space Shuttle history and the 25th night launch. Endeavour is expected to land Dec. 11 at 6:19 p.m. EST KSC-00pp1802

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Flanked on both sides by billows of sm...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Flanked on both sides by billows of smoke and steam, Space Shuttle Endeavour lifts off Launch Pad 39B trailing flames behind. The nearby waters capture the brilliance of the laun... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla.  --  Flanked on both sides by billows of smoke and steam, Space Shuttle Endeavour lifts off Launch Pad 39B trailing flames behind. The nearby waters capture the brilliance of the launch. Liftoff occurred on time at 10:06:01 p.m. EST. Endeavour and its five-member crew will deliver U.S. solar arrays to the International Space Station and be the first Shuttle crew to visit the Station’s first resident crew. The 11-day mission includes three spacewalks. This marks the 101st mission in Space Shuttle history and the 25th night launch. Endeavour is expected to land Dec. 11 at 6:19 p.m. EST KSC00pp1802

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Flanked on both sides by billows of sm...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Flanked on both sides by billows of smoke and steam, Space Shuttle Endeavour lifts off Launch Pad 39B trailing flames behind. The nearby waters capture the brilliance of the laun... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla.  --  Nearby waters capture the brilliance of Space Shuttle Endeavour’s flames as it draws away from the clouds of smoke and steam. Liftoff of Endeavour occurred at 10:06:01 p.m. EST. Endeavour and its five-member crew will deliver U.S. solar arrays to the International Space Station and be the first Shuttle crew to visit the Station’s first resident crew. The 11-day mission includes three spacewalks. This marks the 101st mission in Space Shuttle history and the 25th night launch. Endeavour is expected to land Dec. 11 at 6:19 p.m. EST KSC-00pp1801

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Nearby waters capture the brilliance o...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Nearby waters capture the brilliance of Space Shuttle Endeavour’s flames as it draws away from the clouds of smoke and steam. Liftoff of Endeavour occurred at 10:06:01 p.m. EST. ... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla.  --  Nearby waters capture the brilliance of Space Shuttle Endeavour's flames as it leaps off Launch Pad 39B toward space. Liftoff of Endeavour occurred at 10:06:01 p.m. EST. Endeavour is transporting the P6 Integrated Truss Structure that comprises Solar Array Wing-3 and the Integrated Electronic Assembly, to provide power to the Space Station. The 11-day mission includes two spacewalks to complete the solar array connections. Endeavour is expected to land Dec. 11 at 6:19 p.m. EST KSC00pp1805

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Nearby waters capture the brilliance o...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Nearby waters capture the brilliance of Space Shuttle Endeavour's flames as it leaps off Launch Pad 39B toward space. Liftoff of Endeavour occurred at 10:06:01 p.m. EST. Endeavou... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla.  --  Nearby waters capture the brilliance of Space Shuttle Endeavour’s flames as it draws away from the clouds of smoke and steam. Liftoff of Endeavour occurred at 10:06:01 p.m. EST. Endeavour and its five-member crew will deliver U.S. solar arrays to the International Space Station and be the first Shuttle crew to visit the Station’s first resident crew. The 11-day mission includes three spacewalks. This marks the 101st mission in Space Shuttle history and the 25th night launch. Endeavour is expected to land Dec. 11 at 6:19 p.m. EST KSC00pp1801

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Nearby waters capture the brilliance o...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Nearby waters capture the brilliance of Space Shuttle Endeavour’s flames as it draws away from the clouds of smoke and steam. Liftoff of Endeavour occurred at 10:06:01 p.m. EST. ... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Clouds of smoke and steam billow out from Launch Pad 39B as Space Shuttle Discovery lifts off for mission STS-102 to the International Space Station. The brilliance of the launch rivaled the sunrise on this perfect launch. Liftoff occurred at 6:42:09 EST for the eighth flight to the Space Station KSC01pp0438

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Clouds of smoke and steam billow out fro...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Clouds of smoke and steam billow out from Launch Pad 39B as Space Shuttle Discovery lifts off for mission STS-102 to the International Space Station. The brilliance of the launch r... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Clouds of smoke and steam flow from Space Shuttle Discovery as it lifts off on mission STS-102 to the International Space Station. The brilliance of the launch rivaled the sunrise on this perfect launch. Liftoff occurred at 6:42:09 EST for the eighth flight to the Space Station KSC01pp0445

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Clouds of smoke and steam flow from Spac...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Clouds of smoke and steam flow from Space Shuttle Discovery as it lifts off on mission STS-102 to the International Space Station. The brilliance of the launch rivaled the sunrise ... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Even in the middle of the day, the launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour from launch Pad 39A creates a flaming brilliance. Clouds of smoke and steam spew over the surrounding landscape, almost touching the cactus growing in the foreground. Liftoff of the ninth flight to the International Space Station occurred at 2:40:42 p.m. EDT. The 11-day mission will deliver and integrate the Spacelab Logistics Pallet/Launch Deployment Assembly, which includes the Space Station Remote Manipulator System and the UHF Antenna. The mission includes two planned spacewalks for installation of the SSRMS on the Station. Also onboard is the Multi-Purpose Logistics Module Raffaello, carrying resupply stowage racks and resupply/return stowage platforms KSC01padig205

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Even in the middle of the day, the launc...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Even in the middle of the day, the launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour from launch Pad 39A creates a flaming brilliance. Clouds of smoke and steam spew over the surrounding landscape... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. - The reflection in water near Launch Pad 39B captures the brilliance of the flames trailing Space Shuttle Endeavour as it soars into the twilight sky on mission STS-108.   Liftoff occurred at 5:19:28 p.m. EST  (22:19 GMT) on this second launch attempt in two days.  Endeavour will dock with the International Space Station on Dec. 7.  STS-108 is the final Shuttle mission of 2001and the 107th Shuttle flight overall.  It is the 12th flight to the Space Station.  Landing of the orbiter at KSC's Shuttle Landing Facility is targeted for 1:05 p.m. EST (18:05 p.m. GMT) Dec. 16 KSC-01pp1792

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. - The reflection in water near Launch Pad 3...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. - The reflection in water near Launch Pad 39B captures the brilliance of the flames trailing Space Shuttle Endeavour as it soars into the twilight sky on mission STS-108. Liftoff oc... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -  Space Shuttle Columbia hurtles into space above a fiery trail of flames that illuminate the clouds of smoke and steam below.  The nearby water reflects the brilliance as well.  Liftoff of Columbia occurred at 6:22:02:08 a.m. EST (11:22:02:08 GMT). This was the 27th flight of the vehicle and 108th in the history of the Shuttle program.  The goal of the mission is the maintenance and upgrade of the Hubble Space Telescope, to be carried out in five spacewalks.  The crew comprises Commander Scott D. Altman, Pilot Duane G. Carey, Payload Commander John M. Grunsfeld, and Mission Specialists Nancy Jane Currie, Richard M. Linnehan, James H. Newman and Michael J. Massimino.  After the 11-day mission, Columbia is expected to return to KSC March 12 about 4:35 a.m. EST (09:35 GMT) KSC-02pp0232

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. - Space Shuttle Columbia hurtles into spac...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. - Space Shuttle Columbia hurtles into space above a fiery trail of flames that illuminate the clouds of smoke and steam below. The nearby water reflects the brilliance as well. Lif... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  A Great Blue Heron is silhouetted against the brilliance of the rocket exhaust as the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-I (TDRS-1) is launched from Launch Pad 36-A, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. TDRS-I replenishes the existing on-orbit fleet of six spacecraft. The TDRS System is the primary source of space-to-ground voice, data and telemetry for the Space Shuttle. It also provides communications with the International Space Station and scientific spacecraft in low-Earth orbit such as the Hubble Space Telescope. This new advanced series of satellites will extend the availability of TDRS communications services until about 2017. Liftoff occurred at 5:59 p.m. EST KSC-02pp0262

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- A Great Blue Heron is silhouetted again...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- A Great Blue Heron is silhouetted against the brilliance of the rocket exhaust as the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-I (TDRS-1) is launched from Launch Pad 36-A, Cape Canaveral... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  Space Shuttle Atlantis leaves Earth behind as it roars from Launch Pad 39B into the sky on mission STS-110.  The brilliance of the flames from the solid rocket boosters is captured in the nearby water. Liftoff occurred at 4:44:19 p.m. EDT (20:41:19 GMT).  Carrying the S0 Integrated Truss Structure and Mobile Transporter, STS-110 is the 13th assembly flight to the International Space Station KSC-02pp0471

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Space Shuttle Atlantis leaves Earth beh...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Space Shuttle Atlantis leaves Earth behind as it roars from Launch Pad 39B into the sky on mission STS-110. The brilliance of the flames from the solid rocket boosters is capture... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -  Billowing clouds of smoke and steam roll away from the launch pad while the water below captures the brilliance of the flames as Space Shuttle Atlantis soars above the lightning mast on mission STS-110. Liftoff occurred at 4:44:19 p.m. EDT (20:41:19 GMT).  Carrying the S0 Integrated Truss Structure and Mobile Transporter, STS-110 is the 13th assembly flight to the International Space Station. KSC-02pp0483

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Billowing clouds of smoke and steam roll...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - Billowing clouds of smoke and steam roll away from the launch pad while the water below captures the brilliance of the flames as Space Shuttle Atlantis soars above the lightning ma... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA.  -- The brilliance of the launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis is reflected in nearby waters. Liftoff of the Shuttle on mission STS-112 occurred on time at 3:46 p.m. EDT. Along with a crew of six, Atlantis carries the S1 Integrated Truss Structure and the Crew and Equipment Translation Aid (CETA) Cart A. The CETA is the first of two human-powered carts that will ride along the ISS railway, providing mobile work platforms for future spacewalking astronauts. On the 11-day mission, three spacewalks are planned to attach the S1 truss. KSC-02pp1471

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The brilliance of the launch of Space S...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The brilliance of the launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis is reflected in nearby waters. Liftoff of the Shuttle on mission STS-112 occurred on time at 3:46 p.m. EDT. Along with a cre... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The brilliance of the launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis is reflected in nearby waters. Liftoff of the Shuttle on mission STS-112 occurred on time at 3:46 p.m. EDT. Along with a crew of six, Atlantis carries the S1 Integrated Truss Structure and the Crew and Equipment Translation Aid (CETA) Cart A.  The CETA is the first of two human-powered carts that will ride along the ISS railway, providing mobile work platforms for future spacewalking astronauts.  On the 11-day mission, three spacewalks are planned to attach the S1 truss.  [Photo courtesy of Scott Andrews] KSC-02pd1464

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The brilliance of the launch of Space Sh...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The brilliance of the launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis is reflected in nearby waters. Liftoff of the Shuttle on mission STS-112 occurred on time at 3:46 p.m. EDT. Along with a crew... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  The brilliance of the launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis is reflected in nearby waters. Liftoff of the Shuttle on mission STS-112 occurred on time at 3:46 p.m. EDT. Along with a crew of six, Atlantis carries the S1 Integrated Truss Structure and the Crew and Equipment Translation Aid (CETA) Cart A.  The CETA is the first of two human-powered carts that will ride along the ISS railway, providing mobile work platforms for future spacewalking astronauts.  On the 11-day mission, three spacewalks are planned to attach the S1 truss. KSC-02pd1460

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The brilliance of the launch of Space S...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The brilliance of the launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis is reflected in nearby waters. Liftoff of the Shuttle on mission STS-112 occurred on time at 3:46 p.m. EDT. Along with a cre... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The brilliance of the launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis is reflected in nearby waters. Liftoff of the Shuttle on mission STS-112 occurred on time at 3:46 p.m. EDT. Along with a crew of six, Atlantis carries the S1 Integrated Truss Structure and the Crew and Equipment Translation Aid (CETA) Cart A.  The CETA is the first of two human-powered carts that will ride along the ISS railway, providing mobile work platforms for future spacewalking astronauts.  On the 11-day mission, three spacewalks are planned to attach the S1 truss. [Photo courtesy of Scott Andrews] KSC-02pd1466

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The brilliance of the launch of Space Sh...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The brilliance of the launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis is reflected in nearby waters. Liftoff of the Shuttle on mission STS-112 occurred on time at 3:46 p.m. EDT. Along with a crew... More

Holiday lights shine from the U.S. Navy Ticonderoga Class Guided Missile Cruiser USS CHOSIN (CG 65) as she sits moored pier side on Dec. 20, 2006, at Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Ships currently moored in Pearl Harbor are participating in the 2006 Holiday Light Judging Competition. Regional commanders will tour the harbor and judge the ships based on innovation, brilliance, enthusiasm, energy conservation and overall categories. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication SPECIALIST James E. Foehl) (Released)

Holiday lights shine from the U.S. Navy Ticonderoga Class Guided Missi...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Pearl Harbor State: Hawaii (HI) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: MC1 James E. Foehl, USN Release Status: Released ... More

The Pearl Harbor Memorial fountain illuminates the night along with holiday lights shining from the Ticonderoga Class Guided Missile Cruiser USS LAKE ERIE (CG 70) in the background as she sits moored pier side at Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on Dec. 20, 2006. Ships currently moored in Pearl Harbor will participate in the 2006 Holiday Light Judging Competition. Regional commanders will tour the harbor and judge the ships based on innovation, brilliance, enthusiasm, energy conservation and overall categories. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication SPECIALIST First Class James E. Foehl) (Released)

The Pearl Harbor Memorial fountain illuminates the night along with ho...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Pearl Harbor State: Hawaii (HI) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: MC1 James E. Foehl, USN Release Status: Released ... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  Space Shuttle Atlantis hurtles into the evening sky on mission STS-117 to the International Space Station.  Below it, clouds of smoke and steam roll across the horizon.  The brilliance of the launch casts the shrubbery in the foreground into deep shadows.  Liftoff of Atlantis was on-time at 7:38:04 p.m. EDT. The shuttle is delivering a new segment to the starboard side of the International Space Station's backbone, known as the truss. Three spacewalks are planned to install the S3/S4 truss segment, deploy a set of solar arrays and prepare them for operation. STS-117 is the 118th space shuttle flight, the 21st flight to the station, the 28th flight for Atlantis and the first of four flights planned for 2007.   Photo credit: NASA/Sandra Joseph & Robert Murray KSC-07pp1459

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Space Shuttle Atlantis hurtles into the...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Space Shuttle Atlantis hurtles into the evening sky on mission STS-117 to the International Space Station. Below it, clouds of smoke and steam roll across the horizon. The brill... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  Through the barren tree branches in the foreground, the brilliance of the launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour on mission STS-118 can be seen on the water near Launch Pad 39A.  The 22nd shuttle flight to the International Space Station, the mission will continue space station construction by delivering a third starboard truss segment, S5, and other payloads such as the SPACEHAB module and the external stowage platform 3.  Liftoff of Endeavour was on time at 6:36 p.m. EDT.  Photo credit: NASA/Sandra Joseph, Tony Gray, Robert Murray KSC-07pp2290

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Through the barren tree branches in the...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- Through the barren tree branches in the foreground, the brilliance of the launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour on mission STS-118 can be seen on the water near Launch Pad 39A. The 2... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --  The water near Launch Pad 39A captures the brilliance of both the setting sun, at left, and Space Shuttle Endeavour as it hurtles into space on mission STS-118.  The 22nd shuttle flight to the International Space Station, the mission will continue space station construction by delivering a third starboard truss segment, S5, and other payloads such as the SPACEHAB module and the external stowage platform 3.  Liftoff of Endeavour was on time at 6:36 p.m. EDT.  Photo credit: NASA/Sandra Joseph, Tony Gray, Robert Murray KSC-07pp2292

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The water near Launch Pad 39A captures ...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The water near Launch Pad 39A captures the brilliance of both the setting sun, at left, and Space Shuttle Endeavour as it hurtles into space on mission STS-118. The 22nd shuttle ... More

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. --    The water near Launch Pad 39A captures the brilliance of both the setting sun, at left, and Space Shuttle Endeavour as it hurtles into space on mission STS-118.  The 22nd shuttle flight to the International Space Station, the mission will continue space station construction by delivering a third starboard truss segment, S5, and other payloads such as the SPACEHAB module and the external stowage platform 3.  Liftoff of Endeavour was on time at 6:36 p.m. EDT.  Photo credit: NASA/Sandra Joseph, Tony Gray, Robert Murray KSC-07pp2289

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The water near Launch Pad 39A capture...

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The water near Launch Pad 39A captures the brilliance of both the setting sun, at left, and Space Shuttle Endeavour as it hurtles into space on mission STS-118. The 22nd shuttl... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The water next to Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida captures the brilliance of the launch of space shuttle Endeavour on its STS-126 mission while billows of smoke and steam roll across the pad.   Liftoff was on time at 7:55 p.m. EST. STS-126 is the 124th space shuttle flight and the 27th flight to the International Space Station. The mission will feature four spacewalks and work that will prepare the space station to house six crew members for long-duration missions. Photo courtesy of Scott Andrews KSC-08pd3722

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The water next to Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kenn...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The water next to Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida captures the brilliance of the launch of space shuttle Endeavour on its STS-126 mission while billows of smoke a... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – – The brilliance of space shuttle Endeavour's launch from NASA Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39A is reflected in the cloud-washed sky.  Liftoff of  Endeavour on the STS-127 mission was on-time at 6:03 p.m. EDT.  This was the sixth launch attempt for the STS-127 mission.  The launch was scrubbed on June 13 and June 17 when a hydrogen gas leak occurred during tanking due to a misaligned Ground Umbilical Carrier Plate.  The mission was postponed July 11, 12 and 13 due to weather conditions near the Shuttle Landing Facility at Kennedy that violated rules for launching, and lightning issues. Endeavour will deliver the Japanese Experiment Module's Exposed Facility and the Experiment Logistics Module-Exposed Section in the final of three flights dedicated to the assembly of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Kibo laboratory complex on the International Space Station.   Photo credit: NASA/Tony Gray, Tom Farrar KSC-2009-4132

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – – The brilliance of space shuttle Endeavour's l...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – – The brilliance of space shuttle Endeavour's launch from NASA Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39A is reflected in the cloud-washed sky. Liftoff of Endeavour on the STS-127 mission wa... More

Brilliance Beyond the Rings - NASA Cassini Huygens images

Brilliance Beyond the Rings - NASA Cassini Huygens images

The Cassini spacecraft looks past the illuminated side of Saturn rings to the brilliant moon Enceladus. NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. –  The water close to Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida captures the brilliance from launch of space shuttle Discovery on the STS-128 mission.  Liftoff from Launch Pad 39A was on time at 11:59 p.m. EDT. The first launch attempt on Aug. 24 was postponed due to unfavorable weather conditions.  The second attempt on Aug. 25 also was postponed due to an issue with a valve in space shuttle Discovery's main propulsion system.  The STS-128 mission is the 30th International Space Station assembly flight and the 128th space shuttle flight. The 13-day mission will deliver more than 7 tons of supplies, science racks and equipment, as well as additional environmental hardware to sustain six crew members on the International Space Station. The equipment includes a freezer to store research samples, a new sleeping compartment and the COLBERT treadmill.  Photo credit: NASA/Tony Gray-Tom Farrar KSC-2009-4919

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The water close to Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Ke...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The water close to Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida captures the brilliance from launch of space shuttle Discovery on the STS-128 mission. Liftoff from Launch Pa... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The water close to Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida captures the brilliance from launch of space shuttle Discovery on the STS-128 mission.  Liftoff from Launch Pad 39A was on time at 11:59 p.m. EDT. The first launch attempt on Aug. 24 was postponed due to unfavorable weather conditions.  The second attempt on Aug. 25 also was postponed due to an issue with a valve in space shuttle Discovery's main propulsion system.  The STS-128 mission is the 30th International Space Station assembly flight and the 128th space shuttle flight. The 13-day mission will deliver more than 7 tons of supplies, science racks and equipment, as well as additional environmental hardware to sustain six crew members on the International Space Station. The equipment includes a freezer to store research samples, a new sleeping compartment and the COLBERT treadmill.  Photo credit: NASA/Tony Gray-Tom Farrar KSC-2009-4922

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The water close to Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Ken...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The water close to Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida captures the brilliance from launch of space shuttle Discovery on the STS-128 mission. Liftoff from Launch Pad... More

Crater Brilliance, JPL/NASA images

Crater Brilliance, JPL/NASA images

Crater Brilliance NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington

Chinese Chinese Clear Brilliance Terrace