We would have loved to have been there in-person as we did have a couple of friends who witnessed the launch in Florida. I've always wanted to see and feel one in person.
I have watched many a shuttle launch from school, home, work, etc. I've seen the Challenger and Columbia accidents but I've also seen dozens of other successful launches and landings, too. And, sometimes we can walk outside and see the shuttle docked to the International Space Station zooming by the night sky. That is cool!
Our son's bedroom is decorated with a space theme. He has a Saturn V rocket hanging from the ceiling along with a solar system mobile hanging as well. A photo of Eugene Cernan standing on the moon (he was the last man on the moon) also hangs over his bed. He says good night to him every night. Space travel is a big thing for us in our home.
It was with great emotion we said good bye to the space shuttle program as we watched the final launch. I have no idea where the US space program will be going. It has given back far more than has put into it. More on this in a later posting. I think it would be a sad, sad thing if we do not get ourselves back into space and do it soon.
I was so happy we could share this moment together as a family. As a kid watching shuttle launches from my classroom I would have never thought some day I would sit down with my kids and watch a shuttle launch. But here it is and sadly, for the last time.
T Rex excitedly awaited the launch as the countdown paused at 31 seconds. After the countdown resumed he was content to just snuggle his dad. Bebe Sister was antsy and wanted to snuggle with me but I was videoing the event. Hence, the bit of whining in the background of the video. Then she insisted I take her photo, too, which I managed to do with her sitting on my lap hence the close up.
A very short video of the boys watching the launch. It is not the most exciting video but I wanted to document the event. T Rex Dad woke up early to get the computer connected to our giant monitor so we could have "TV" for the launch. Of course, it was only NASA TV but I could probably watch that all day! As you can see, T Rex was enthralled.
Have you ever seen a shuttle launch live? Any memories of watching ones on TV? Thoughts on the US space program?