The SpaceX launch of the Falcon 9 on the first of the NASA COTS missions code named CRS-1 took place at 8:35pm on Sunday evening. Night launches always create challenging conditions for launch photography, but also some offer some great opportunities as well.
One of the great shots is the long exposure streak shot as the rocket launches and heads off towards the east into the skies. This was enhanced on this launch by some thin clouds that diffused the flames from the rocket engines as it passed through them.
Our launch gallery includes the erection of the Falcon 9 on the pad a few hours before the launch followed by the launch itself.