This is Atlantis, launching for the last time from Cape Canaveral, as two F-15E Strike Eagles watch from the distance. One of the most beautiful photos I've seen of a space shuttle launch. [Discover via Ruthless via Jalopnik]
What makes the trail yellow? I seem to have memories of pure white rocket trails, but honestly have no idea whether my memory is flawed, the white balance on this shot is off, chemical rocket composition has changed, or what.