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Image Credit: Susan Poulton

Space Shuttle Endeavour successfully launched at 7:55pm EST tonight in a spectacular night launch. This is my second night launch, but it continues to be the most amazing sight I have ever seen. The entire night sky lights up while the roar of the launch washes through you.

When the shuttle passed through a high layer of clouds, the cloud layer shimmered, with pulses of light emanating across the sky. I hope a better photographer than me caught that shot. Here’s one I took that came close.


Image Credit: Susan Poulton

Another angle caught the moon in the shot:


Image Credit: Susan Poulton