STS-121 was a long awaited return to flight following the shuttle fleet being grounded due to foam loss issues. The flight was scheduled for July 1, 2006, but was scrubbed twice due to weather. Discovery finally flew at 2:38 PM EDT on July 4, 2006. This view is from Titusville, about 11 miles from the launch pad. That is about the closest post-9/11 view anyone can get without asking a Senator or Congressman for a causeway pass.