11 Stunning Images Of Rocket Launches

11 stunning images of rocket launches

That trail behind the Empire State Building is a Minotaur V rocket taking a spacecraft to the Moon. The photo was taken by Ben Cooper from Top of the Rock, Rockefeller Center, 430km away from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Here are 10 more phenomenal launch photos from Mr Cooper.

11 stunning images of rocket launches

Orion launch on Delta 4 Heavy

11 stunning images of rocket launches

Atlas 5 launches New Horizons, first mission to Pluto

11 stunning images of rocket launches

Delta 4 Heavy

11 stunning images of rocket launches

Falcon 9

11 stunning images of rocket launches

First launch of Delta 4 Heavy

11 stunning images of rocket launches

Atlas 5

11 stunning images of rocket launches

Delta 4

11 stunning images of rocket launches

STS-135: Last shuttle launch

11 stunning images of rocket launches

Delta 4 launch from afar

11 stunning images of rocket launches

Delta 2 launch countdown at Complex 17. The red lights belong to the movable service tower, photographed in long exposure as it moved away from the launch pad.

11 stunning images of rocket launches

Bonus: Endeavour cockpit

11 stunning images of rocket launches

Ben Cooper is a freelance photographer based out of Daytona Beach, Florida. He has covered launches and other events at Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center since July 1999, photographing over 100 missions and launches to date. He worked for NASA on the shuttle program from 2008 to 2011. You can follow him on his website, Twitter and Facebook. You can order photos here.

This is part of a series in which we are featuring futuristic and striking photography.