Saturday, July 9, 2011

The Final Mission

What a long three days but what an experience!  We traveled 1200 miles in three days to witness history, the end of the Space Shuttle Program and the final mission.  Words cannot describe the feeling of watching the shuttle launch.  Tears were shed, hugs were given, the moment was bittersweet, knowing that another shuttle would not be launched.  I am proud to have be a part of something so very special.

Commemorative Tickets were handed out.

The parking pass for the shuttle launch instructed us to arrive no later than 4:00 am!  After three hours of sleep DB and I arrived at the Kennedy Space Center at 2:30 am.  The hotel told us to leave no later than 2:00 am to ensure we were not stuck in traffic... we were not.

After spending hours at the Space Center, we were bused to the causeway for the shuttle launch.  We set up our chairs and promptly fell asleep.  Three hours of sleep had caught up with us.  Luckily we awoke in plenty of time to listen to the NASA radio and hope that the shuttle would liftoff on time.

Cleared for takeoff - counting down
 We have liftoff!
 I am no longer breathing!

 Heading into the clouds
What a glorious sight, anyone that believes we never put a human into space has not seen a shuttle launch, heard the roar of the engines and felt the cars shake.  What a amazing experience and to think we were part of history.

1 comment:

  1. I'm glad that you were able to see it and that it wasn't rained out.