Last night’s launch of STS-128 (shuttle Discovery) was scrubbed due to lightning, as seen in the following pictures! Get the big versions here, they’re quite worth it.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Xenon lights illuminate the rain falling on NASA Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Pad 39A at 1:24 a.m. EDT as space shuttle Discovery waits for a scheduled liftoff on the STS-128 mission. Launch was scrubbed due to the weather conditions, including lightning, that violated the limitations for liftoff. Another launch attempt is scheduled for 1:10 a.m. Aug. 26. Discovery’s 13-day mission will deliver more than 7 tons of supplies, science racks and equipment, as well as additional environmental hardware to sustain six crew members on the International Space Station.
The above image is pretty far off (though gorgeous), so here’s a close-up, showing shuttle, pad, xenon lights and lightning: