Caption: A wide, long distant shot of STS 128, Space Shuttle Discovery flood lit in the dark on launch pad 39A at T-15 seconds to lift off. The Sound suppression water system is activated as the countdown reaches T-10 and the clip cuts to a close up of the Main Engines as they ignite. The boosters ignite and Discovery lifts off the pad in a wide shot which pulls out as the vehicle rises into the night sky illuminating the Florida lagoons spectacularly. Tracking shots follow the bright light as it heads for a thick cloud bank. Brief view from the onboard camera on the external fuel tank as moisture streams off the lens. Tracking shots of the illuminated exhaust gases and a second onboard shot as the Shuttle reaches three miles altitude. Further tracking shots as Discovery gets the go ahead for throttle up. Commander Rick Sturckow acknowledges the command. By 17 miles in altitude only the glow from the three main engines can be seen. Solid rocket booster separation is captured through the tracking cameras as the clip comes to an end.

Release details: Model release not required. Property release not required.

Keywords: 39a, activated, artificial satellite, blast off, boosters, bright light, close up, close-up, cloud bank, color, color image, colour, colour image, commander rick sturckow, countdown, discovery, exhaust gases, external, flight, flood lit, florida, fuel tank, glow, ignition, illuminated, illuminating, international space station, lagoon, launch pad, lens, lens flare, lift off, long distant, main engines, mission, moisture, motion, movement, night, no people, nobody, onboard, outdoors, outside, pad, real time, satellite, separation, shuttle, sky, solid rocket booster, sound suppression, space, space craft, space exploration, space flight, space shuttle, space shuttle discovery, spacecraft, spaceflight, sts 128, take off, taking off, technology, throttle up, tracking shots, water system, wide shot

Licence fees: A licence fee will be charged for any media (low or high resolution) used in your project.

Space Shuttle Discovery STS-128 launch

K002/4106 Rights Managed

Downloadable master

Duration: 00:02:38.14

Frame size: 1920x1080

Frame rate: 29.97

Audio: Yes

Format: QuickTime, Photo JPEG 100%, progressive scan, square pixels

File size: 2.6G


Capture format: 16mm

Codec: Sorenson Video 3

Please contact Science Photo Library if you require the original, or other formats.


Save watermarked comp

Request un-watermarked file

Price clip Pricing

Please login to use the price calculator