So we finally launched STS-115 after much suspense. You may not realize that this is the first launch of Atlantis since 2002. It was in the Vehicle Assembly building being stacked for launch at the time of the Columbia accident, so afterwards it was destacked and went through a major modification down period. Yay Atlantis!
These photos were taken just outside the press site at the space center. It is the best place I have found to get a good view unless you are some kind of VIP, and I don’t qualify; I just put the durned things together!