A Boeing Delta II carrying a GPS satellite lifts from Pad A at Launch Complex 17 Monday 25 September 2006. This second modernized block II GPS satellite will join the constellation of 24 operational satellites that provide precise location data to millions of users around the globe.
Space shuttle Atlantis lifts off from launch pad 39-A photographed from remote site 5 at Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA, 07 February 2008. Shuttle Atlantis is on an eleven day mission to the International Space Station (ISS) and will deliver a key component in the construction of the ISS. The new component module knows as Columbus is from the European Space Agency. The launch of space shuttle Atlantis was originally scheduled for 06 December 2007, but due to a faulty fuel sensor was scrubbed until the repair could be made and installed back in shuttle Atlantis.
The Space Shuttle Atlantis lifts off from launch pad 39-A at Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA, 11 May 2009. Atlantis and her crew of seven is on an eleven day mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope.
A Motorcyclist stops on the roadside to view the Aurora Borealis; or Northern Lights, near Blackduck, MN during the early morning hours of July 15 2012. These aurora displays were part of a moderate (G2) Geomagnetic Storm. Such storms can disrupt power grids and interfere with GPS signals and other satellite operations.This storm is the result of an X-1.4 solar flare launched from a sunspot on the 12th of July.
A 15 second time exposure shows the International Space Station passing above the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) as viewed From Blackduck Minnesota on the night of June 6th 2013. The Station; it's 250-260 mile high orbit flies well above the Aurora that is caused by the interaction of charged particles and the upper atmosphere at an altitude of 80 to 200 miles. Photo by Justin Dernier
A view from remote site PD @ as Shuttle Atlantis Mission STS-129 lifts off through the clouds at Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida,USA, 16 November 2009. The six astronauts for space shuttle Atlantisí STS-129 mission will travel to the International Space Station on an eleven day mission with a scheduled return on 27 November 2009.