While at KSC for the STS-129 launch, I snagged this shot of the Ares Launch Umbilical Tower (LUT) being constructed atop its Mobile Launch Platform. It has a "back to the future" sort of look to it, reminiscent of the Saturn LUT. Thinking of that prompted me to pay a visit to the past and drive over to the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) Merc/Gemini/Apollo pads too - what's left of them, anyway. Those shots are posted in Photo Collections.
It's just as hard to get off the planet now as it was 50 years ago: Vo still equals sqrt(GM/r).