Friday, February 25, 2011

Watching History...

Hello friends! The good news is, We are home! The bad news is we went from the 80's to the 30's plus 8" of snow within 5 hours! We actually landed in the snow storm. Not highly recommended-ok?! I would like to thank the JetBlue pilot who got my family home safe today. It was not looking good for a while there. Having two feet on the ground is glorious! Now onto something really fun...

Yesterday my family and I watched history in the making. We were lucky enough to see the space shuttle Discovery launch for the very last time. It was exciting and stressful all at the same time. Up until the last minute we didn't know if all systems were a go. There was apparently some computer malfunction and she almost got scrubbed. We drove from Orlando heading east as close as we could get to Cape Canaveral. It took several hours and we only got within 25 miles. We found this open spot in a clearing with about a hundred other folks and waited. My husband struck up a conversation with a nice fellow who just happened to have retired from NASA years ago. He told us where to stand and where to look. It was awesome & he was spot on! 

Before we knew it, she shot up in the sky & was gone. My camera never stopped clicking and sadly the photos aren't great. After all we were 25 miles away. But here is a good one. You can tell it's the shuttle. Well, I can tell it's the shuttle. You can double click twice on the photo & enlarge it to see it better. My daughter captured it on video as well. 

I can't tell you how exciting it was for us. I am thrilled to have seen it in person and even more thrilled for my children.

God Bless the Discovery Crew


Heather Martin said...

I'm so glad you and your kids were able to see a shuttle launch in person! It really is the coolest thing to see. As a Florida girl born-and-raised, it makes me really sad to think that my kids won't be able to witness the beauty of a launch. :( I hope you enjoyed your time in my beautiful state! :o)

Karen Pedersen said...

What a memory! One that I'm sure that you, your hubby and your kiddos will never forget.

Nashmiller said...

We were lucky enough to get to see it on its last nighttime launch last January or February--I forget. And it was bitterly cold and got scrapped at the last minute the first night, so we forced ourselves to return and try it again--BRRRRRR, but so amazing to view right on NASA grounds. (Nephew works for them in CA so we went with him) Glad you got to see it! The end of an era!

Sheila Wilkerson said...

so jealous. That is on my bucket list, but it's a little dicey when I live in Arizona! What a great experience.

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