Space: the final frontier

Challenge #23 in the The sky is the limit series. Hosted by alex326.
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Spacecraft of any kind: prepared for launch, during launch, on the orbit around Earth, preserved in a museums or displayed in public places. No UFOs, spaceships from movies or other fantasy spacecraft.
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In 2009 I had the chance to participate in the launch campaign for the biggest space telescope ever flown, namely Herschel on top of an Ariane 5. We were working to make this happen since 1996 and no one can describe the feelings we had during take-off.
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Submitted: Friday, 15th February, 2013 14:07 (GMT)
Taken: Thursday, 14th May, 2009
Focal length: 560 mm
Shutter speed: 1/3200 sec
Aperture: F9
ISO: 400
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