Stirring Photos Chronicle the Final Years of the Space Shuttle Program

Philip Scott Andrews' ongoing photo series Last Days documents the end of NASA's space shuttle program. For three years Andrews has had unprecedented access to Cape Canaveral and he's made good use of it by capturing a side of this facility the public is

Philip Scott Andrews’ ongoing photo series Last Days, which documents the end of NASA’s Space Shuttle program. For three years Andrews has had unprecedented access to the Kennedy Space Center, and he’s made good use of it by capturing a side of this facility the public is not used to seeing.

A Space Album From Planet Earth

Shuttle missions have been depicted in intimate detail by Philip Scott Andrews and his father, Scott Andrews.

Given the great distance that separates photographers from the launching pad, the only way to get close is to use remote cameras. “A lot of people don’t realize the amount of work that goes into making an image of the shuttle lifting off the pad,” Philip Scott Andrews said. “It takes about three to four days to get all the cameras together, hooked up to their triggering devices and deployed into the field.”

In Chaos, a Moment's Repose

Philip Scott Andrews has learned to look for the eye of the hurricane. Emilio Morenatti has been an inspiration.

Philip Scott Andrews, 24, graduated from Western Kentucky University in 2010. He has been an intern at The Associated Press and National Geographic, and is now at the Washington bureau of The New York Times.