Talk about some industrial-strength protection.
This shows a direct lightning hit on the space shuttle launch pad, where the protection system safely directed all that energy into the ground, without blowing circuits on the STS.
Maybe someday we can capture some of that energy in a flux-gate capacitor that can provide propulsion or help meet future energy needs.
These pics and more info can be found via the SpaceFlightNow website.
Photo credit: Gene Blevins/LA Daily News.