It was a rare Space Shuttle launch in May of 2001 as Space Shuttle Discovery blasted off right at sunrise.

The view in Titusville, Florida from across the Banana River was spectacular, truly a once or twice in a lifetime event.

I did a quick drive up and down US 1 looking for a spot where the launch pad would line up roughly with the sunrise and still give me an interesting foreground.

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