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New Year's Fireworks in San Francisco


What better way to celebrate New Year’s Eve than to watch the firework show in San Francisco. The fifteen minute, approximately 5000 shells, firework show featured smiley faces, mushrooms, and other shapes. Happy New Year!


Rockefeller Christmas Tree


The official Christmas tree tradition at Rockefeller Center began in 1933, when 30 Rockefeller Plaza opened.  In 2011, a 74 feet tall Norway spruce from Mifflinville, PA stood next to the winter ice rink in the Plaza.


Gatlinburg holiday lights


Gatlinburg, Tennessee, just outside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was festively decorated with Christmas decorations in November. Here is a collection of photos taken at night of Downtown Gatlinburg.


The final launch



This picture was taken last year of the final Space Shuttle Atlantis launch in Titusville, Florida.



This Sunday marks the one year anniversary since the last shuttle, Space Shuttle Atlantis, launched from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. I watched the quick and literally flawless launch from Titusville, Florida. Every spot along any street near the river contained a car. Fox 35 News showcased Donna Hamilton who used parking donations to donate to the American Cancer Society. In just over three years, she had raised over $30,000.


Launch Complex 39 Pad B


Launch Complex 39 Pad B at the Kennedy Space Center was built in 1966 for the Apollo program and later modified for the Space Shuttle Program. It was deactivated on January 1, 2007 and converted to accomodate Project Constellation, including three new 600 foot tall lighting mast towers. On October 28, 2009, the Ares I-X test flight successfully launched. With the cancellation of Project Constellation, NASA removed the rotating service structure and offered the pad and facilities to private space flight companies.

Here are pictures taken in April 2011.