“Delta 4-Heavy roars into orbit with DSP-23, the final Defense Support Program missile-warning satellite, at 8:50pm EST from Launch Complex 37B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, November 10, 2007. Delta 4-Heavy, over 23 stories tall, is the world’s largest rocket by height and most powerful unmanned booster.”
“For those saying they would like to be this close to feel it in your chest, well, you can feel that from three miles away which is the closest we get to shuttle launches and for the above launch as well. This camera in particular was not protected for this launch and the lens that took it was destroyed. But the camera still works! And yes, any time you see a closeup image of a shuttle or rocket launch it was taken using a remote camera, set off by sound or another means.
If you were able to stand this close and lived to tell about it (unlikely) you would certainly never hear anything again as we are talking some 160-180dB right next to it, far more than any jet engine from an equivalent distance. Hope this helps answer some questions! Thanks again.”