Friday, June 19, 2009

Photos | Why my name almost didn't go to the moon on Thursday

Thunderstorms Thursday threatened to further delay the launch of NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, which is carrying my name to the moon. This storm west of Melbourne was much more photogenic than the rocket launch, however. This was the scene on Harlock Road, a street lined with trees and horse ranches. (I liked this shot, so I gave it the honor of being the first full-size vertical photo ever on The Offlede.)

From near the end of Parkway Drive in Melbourne, I could see heavy lightning as the wavy storm front approached in the distance. I guess the skid marks kind of ruin this photo.

Still on Parkway Drive here.

Some wispiness is seen in the clouds over Harlock Road. The storm never really got too close, though. These photos were taken near my apartment, but only 10 minutes to the north, the sun was shining brightly.

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