Ode to the Space Shuttle

Challenge #9 in the The sky is the limit series. Hosted by alex326.
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Space Shuttle - try your best: shuttle launches, carried piggyback on the B-747 SCA, shuttle at touch down or displayed in a museum.
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Whether it's being launched, or in orbit, or tied to the back of a 747, there is something noble about the Shuttle. It's living proof of how far we have come, and how far we have yet to go. While it did make some flights for military purposes, its primary mission was simply to learn, and to teach.
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Submitted: Monday, 12th November, 2012 09:40 (GMT)
Taken: Friday, 21st September, 2012
Focal length: 167 mm
Shutter speed: 1/500 sec
Aperture: F8
ISO: 100
Notes: hand-held
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