Early yesterday morning, 8 February, NASA's space shuttle, the Endeavour was launched successfully into space after a delay of 24 hours due to bad weather conditions from the Kennedy Space Centre at Cape Canaveral. Since the Columbia shuttle tragedy in 2003, I breathe a huge sigh of relief at the news of each safe launch and landing.
I have always been fascinated by space and our human efforts to understand what is out there. I visited the Kennedy Space Centre for the first time a few years ago and stood out in the icy wind coming off the Atlantic Ocean and imagined what it would be like to witness the spectacular power of a lift-off. Last September, I visited the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum in Washington DC and the Steven Udvar-Hazy Centre in Virginia. There, I photographed the centrepiece of the Space Hangar, the magnificent space shuttle Enterprise, the symbol of mankind's goal to explore strange new worlds and go where no-one has gone before.