Saturday, February 26, 2011

Blast off!

Yes, we did get to see the shuttle take off. Had a pretty decent view from Titusville, right by the water.

Glad we got to see it . . . and hear it . . . and feel the ground vibrate. Not the same as on TV. Definitely worth the trip.

It was good, and a little sad too. The program is shutting down. The old Soviet Union had a space shuttle program, but it came to an end the same time their empire ended. Can't but help wonder if it's a sign the US empire is also coming to an end. Morbid thoughts, I know, but when an country stops exploring outward, it's a bad sign.

Hope it's just a coincidence.

In spite of my momentary dark thoughts, it was a great event. Impressive technology and power.


  1. Yup, the shuttle launches are really something. One year we got lucky and had an on site pass to watch a launch, just awesome. Everytime one launches we watch from our front yard (it's only 121 miles as the crow flys) and the night launches are really great.

    Glad you're having a good time!

  2. no doubt you probally wished to be taking the flight?


  3. Glad you got to see the "last" flight. I do hope that they change their minds. Of course, they will go back to the capsules on the nose of big rocket.

  4. Dizzy Dick, It's Not the last flight, it was the last flight for that shuttle. One, possibly two more ta go. Then they will probably add on six more lol.

    Yukon Mike, only 15 miles for me, 5 miles from a boat is cool.

  5. Could not help but gaze out at the handful of boats out on the water. Had we gone a day earlier, we could have launched and watched from the water. We cut it fine enough as it was.