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STS-129 Space Shuttle Launch by Susan Poulton

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Taken by
Susan Poulton Susan Poulton
Explore score
1.53 Gigapixels
Date added
Nov 17, 2009
Date taken
Nov 16, 2009

The successful launch of STS-129, Space Shuttle Atlantis on its way to the International Space Station. The shuttle launched at 2:28pm on November 16, 2009 from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This gigapan was taken in a single shot, no post-production, capturing the launch as the second column shot.

Gigapan Comments (5)

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  1. Simon Martin

    Simon Martin (May 27, 2010, 08:04AM )

    Nice photo - you may want to consider your framing technique though...

  2. Erin Lusch

    Erin Lusch (November 18, 2009, 02:03PM )

    An incredible, not to mention difficult, event to capture with a gigapan! Nice job, thanks for sharing!

  3. Susan Poulton

    Susan Poulton (November 18, 2009, 06:11AM )

    Thanks for the ideas guys! I'm going to re-run the stitch tonight and try that. I had a whole other column of the launch that had to be cut out to make it work.

  4. Paul Heckbert

    Paul Heckbert (November 18, 2009, 12:00AM )

    Nice. Seconding Kilgore661's comment, you could renumber the input images to split the cylinder at a different point, putting the space shuttle near the center, and rerun the stitcher.

  5. The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661"

    The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" (November 17, 2009, 11:50PM )

    Congratulations Susan. Your sense of timing must be phenomenal! A really cool gigapan and it would be even cooler if you could geocode it so we can see it in 3D, or rearrange the images so the stitcher puts the rocket in the middle.

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Stitcher Notes


GigaPan Stitcher version 1.0.0502 (Windows)
Panorama size: 1531 megapixels (108160 x 14156 pixels)
Input images: 204 (34 columns by 6 rows)
Field of view: 360.0 degrees wide by 47.1 degrees high (top=31.4, bottom=-15.7)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon PowerShot G10
Image size: 4416x3312 (14.6 megapixels)
Capture time: 2009-11-16 15:28:18 - 2009-11-16 15:41:47
Aperture: f/4.5 - f/8
Exposure time: 0.0004 - 0.008
ISO: 100
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 142.3 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Fixed
Exposure mode: Automatic
Horizontal overlap: 27.8 to 38.4 percent
Vertical overlap: 32.6 to 36.2 percent
Computer stats: 2045.89 MB RAM, 2 CPUs
Total time 30:58 (9.1 seconds per picture)
Alignment: 3:47, Projection: 3:09, Blending: 24:02
(Preview finished in 11:57)

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