Well, we finally launched. It was a beautiful sight, and you can see it in pictures and on TV, but the one thing you can not reproduce is the sound. It is delayed for quite a few seconds after launch, due to the distance, but then comes a rumbling like nothing you’ve ever heard. My favorite part is the crackling noise it makes a few seconds after the rumbling starts. You can even feel the noise in your body. They do the countdown and and announcements over the loudspeakers so anywhere on the space center you can hear it. We climbed up the ladders outside of one of our buildings where I work to get a better view. The slideshow above is made up of a couple of launch photos I took and the pictures Andy took at work last night after the Rotating Service Structure was rotated away from the shuttle, better exposing it.