St. Simons Island — This is David Beard’s photo of the space shuttle taken from the St. Simons beach very early Monday morning.

It was very cold, clear, and dark. There were lots of stars and a little quarter moon hanging in the northeast. Then, at 4:14, the horizon over the ocean started glowing orange, like a fast sunrise, and then the shuttle appeared and made this slow rise and arc toward Darien.

It was amazing.