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It is the moving picture that taps into America's nostalgia for the iconic space shuttle program. In a fitting testament to three decades of scientific ingenuity, father and son Chris and Kenneth Bray have recreated a picture taken 30-years-ago at the launch of the first shuttle with the vehicle's final flight into the heavens last week.
The self confessed astronomy buffs - who witnessed the inaugural 1981 Columbia launch and Atlantis' swansong - created the image as a tribute to NASA's mighty flying machine.
Standing on a causeway at Kennedy space centre in 1981, father and son are seen binoculars in hand and camera at the ready. And 30 years later the pair are snapped in exactly the same pose, wearing near identical clothing as they prepare to witness history for a second time. Speaking to Universe Today Chris said that this was the picture: 'We waited 30 years to complete.
After father and son heard NASA would scrap the program, they both decided they had to come and witness the last launch for themselves. 'We were lucky enough to get in the lottery for STS-135 and scored some tickets to the Astronaut Hall of Fame viewing site.