Friday morning of STS-135 NASA Tweetup began very early. It was launch day. The media poured into the Kennedy Space Center Press Site. I arrived shortly after five and set up my tripod on the bank just to the right of the Countdown Clock. The launch was three minutes late, at 11:29:039.
Following are my tweets from the day. Captions are the time of the tweet. Click on any of the images to be taken to the actual tweet on Twitter’s site. Tweets are in order they were tweeted, not necessarily in the order the events occurred. Tweeting isn’t always possible, or polite.
I took this video with my new point and shoot camera. It was attached to my tripod with a Gorillapod. The vibrations shortly after launch are from the sound waves, which take fifteen seconds to travel the 3.1 miles from Pad 39A to the Press Site. The three main engines on the orbiter ignite at t-minus 6.6 seconds.