In November of 1991 Space Shuttle Atlantis sat poised on the launch pad at Kennedy Space Center in Titusville, Florida.

I traveled down from Daytona beach to cover the launch for United Press International.

Two things make this launch standout in my memory: It was one of the first chances I had to go out to the pad and shoot the shuttle up close before the launch and it was one of my first night launches, which are always memorable.

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