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Condensation cones around space shuttle Atlantis' Solid Rocket Boosters, STS-135

Booster Max Q

Condensation clouds form around the nose of Atlantis’ solid rocket boosters as the space shuttle makes the transition to supersonic speed. The effect can be seen below, in a frame taken from one of NASA’s HD video cameras mounted to the External Tank:

Chris Hadfield, Kennedy Space Centre, Florida

Chris Hadfield

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield gives an interview at the press site of the Kennedy Space Centre.  Hadfield flew on two shuttle missions, STS-74 (Atlantis) and STS-100 (Endeavour).

Final launch of space shuttle Endeavour, STS-134

Orbit, Ho!

Riding 30 stories of fire, twin solid rocket boosters propel space shuttle Endeavour toward low earth orbit on the final launch of her career, and the penultimate launch of the entire 30-year long space shuttle Program.

STS-134 final launch of space shuttle Endeavour clears the tower LC-39A

Tower Clearance

Space shuttle Endeavour, STS-134, clears the tower on the final launch of her career as seen from the Banana Creek viewing site.

Osprey nest in front of VAB, Kennedy Space Centre

NASA Marshalls

A family of ospreys stand watch in their nest, framed by the NASA ‘meatball’ logo on the side of the Vehicle Assembly Building.

Flag for space shuttle Endeavour, STS-134

Flag Forward

Endeavour’s flag flies proudly over Launch Complex 39A. This is actually a fairly difficult shot to get, 95% of the time the wind blows the flag backwards.

STS-133 space shuttle Discovery on the launch pad after RSS rollback


Space shuttle Discovery, STS-133, aims purposefully skyward on the launch pad immediately after rollback of the Rotating Service Structure.

Beaver with mouth open, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands


A beaver poses for a Ms. Manners poster, displaying teeth stained red from a winter diet of bark.

Baby map turtle on log, Snake Island, Toronto Islands

Pagoda Baby

A baby map turtle, no more than four inches long, basks on a floating branch.

Young mallard duckling, Snug Harbour, Toronto Islands

Green Seas

A mallard duckling swims alone on the reflected colours of a June afternoon.

Black-crowned night heron in flight, Snug Harbour, Toronto Islands

Flight Lines

A mature black-crowned night heron wings its way past the camera, at the end of its long migration north for the summer.

Cormorant solar eclipse, Doughnut Island, Toronto Islands

Ultimate Backlight

A cormorant, perched on a dead tree, performs a partial eclipse of the sun.

Standing groundhog, Byng Inlet, Georgian Bay

Little Britt Willy

A groundhog surveys the rocky landscape of the Canadian Shield, offshore from Georgian Bay’s Byng Inlet.

Muskrat eating a tuber, Trout Pond, Toronto Islands

Muskrat Snack

A muskrat chows down on a tasty tuber dug up from the Trout Pond.

Red fox in snow, Algonquin Island, Toronto Islands


A red fox relaxes in the deep snow of February.

Lighthouse and twin ranges panorama, Bustard Islands, Georgian Bay

Bustard Light 2011

The sun sets on the lighthouse and twin ranges of the Bustard Islands, Georgian Bay.

Great egret on pure black, Hanlan's Point, Toronto Islands

Poise on Black

A great egret steps into the sunlight against a backdrop of pure shadow.

Painted turtle basking on log, Trout Pond, Toronto Islands

Ancient Waiting

A painted turtle leans into the sunset light, basking in the beautiful warmth of  long August days.

Swimming eastern fox snake, Parry Sound, Georgian Bay

Surface Tension

An eastern fox snake swims in the perfect calm of a high-pressure system.

American Beaver, RCYC Island, Toronto Islands

Almighty Branch

A beaver, reaching for a tasty low-lying branch, misses the target and sinks back slowly in the water.

Brown anole, Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, Florida

Backlit Display

A brown anole does its best to ward off the photographer on the Maritime Hammock Trail of the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge.

Baby turtle riding adult turtle's back, Doughnut Island, Toronto Islands

Hitching a Ride

A baby painted turtle basks in the sun on the back of a much larger adult.