A coworker noticed this ship was in dry dock beside our office in North Vancouver today:
Turns out it’s the command ship for the Sea Launch mobile rocket launchpad. I’ve seen this ship on Discovery Channel but never expected to see it beside my office. Possibly the closest I’ll be to the space program anytime soon.
It’s next mission is in May 2012 for Intelsat 19, a satellite payload for cable networks in the Pacific Rim.
There’s a good chance that it will launch the satellite that carries future Canucks game in HD!
Note: you can get a pretty decent view of the Sea Launch ship from the North Shore Pier (in the foreground of the photo) at the bottom of Lonsdale Avenue or from the top of Lonsdale Quay (right under the big Q) which is where I shot this photo from.
UPDATE: Went back with my DSLR and got a few more shots: