8-Tenths of a Second

ATLANTIS CRUISES OVER EARTH AGAINST THE SUN'S BACKDROP

ATLANTIS CRUISES OVER EARTH AGAINST THE SUN'S BACKDROP

I love photography, especially when the lensman is able to capture an extraordinary moment in time.  While in Salt Lake City, Utah, I was able to snap the Hale Bopp Comet — a difficult shoot.  After going through four film rolls at face-frozen temperatures and windchill factors, only one image worked for me. 

Sometimes all you get is one shot.  Such was the case with amateur photographer Thierry Legault who successfully snatched the most breathtaking celestial image I have ever seen outside Hubble’s brag book.  Space Shuttle Atlantis was cruising at 17,500 mph above Earth.  The sun was 91 million miles away.  Legault successfully froze history in an 8-tenths of a second snap!   I can’t even imagine a window of opportunity that tiny.  Was it luck?  Genius? An itchy finger?  Who cares!?!

Typically, I don’t advertise anyone else’s work on my personal blog.  But Thierry Legault, you deserve this free ride in my little corner of cyberspace.   You’ve got the creds, astrosurfer dude.   Go to www.astrosurf.com to see more.

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