NASA Photo ID: STS031(S)077        File Name: 10063558.jpg
  Film Type: 70mm                    Date Taken: 04/29/90
  Title: STS-31 Discovery, Orbiter Vehicle (OV) 103, heads skyward after KSC liftoff
  In this distant view, STS-31 Discovery, Orbiter Vehicle (OV) 103, is seen
  as  it heads skyward after liftoff from Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Launch
  Complex  (LC) Pad 39B at 8:33:51.0492 am (Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)). 
  OV-103's  silhouette atop the external tank (ET) appears above the glow of
  the solid  rocket booster (SRB) and space shuttle main engine (SSME)
  firings.  An  exhaust plume trails behind and covers the launch pad area
  below the orbiter.  A nearby waterway reflects the SRB/SSME glow in the
  foreground.  At the far  right and barely discernible is KSC LC Pad 39A and
  the Sound Supression Water  System tower.  Columbia, OV-102, is on LC Pad
  39A which is separated by a  distance of 1.6 miles.  This was the first
  time since January 1986 that there  was a shuttle on each pad.            
  Subject terms:
  DISCOVERY (ORBITER)                     
  EXHAUST CLOUDS                          
  KENNEDY SPACE CENTER                    
  LAUNCHING PADS                          
  LIFTOFF (LAUNCHING)                     

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