Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Watching History Over My House!

This is Space Shuttle Discovery on the back of a huge NASA 747 flying directly over my house at 9:46 am. I am on my back deck in my vintage house coat and chiffon nightie yelling like a nut on a roller coaster.

After being retired last year, Discovery was transferred this morning from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida to the Udvar-Hazy Center at Dulles Airport in Northern Virginia. The Center is a division of the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum.


As a kid in the 1980s, I used to love watching the Space shuttle launches on TV. I was mesmerized by the idea that something that big could fly into space. There was even a time I wanted to be an astronaut (like most kids I am sure). "Space Camp" was one of favorite movies.


So, here's how the whole scene played out on my back deck:

After waiting a while for Discovery to make its appearance, I start wondering, "Are they sure it's going to fly over?"
All of a sudden, I hear something! Yes, here comes Discovery!
And there it goes:

I am so excited I don't care that I am outside in my house coat!
Nevertheless, after 20 years, the space shuttle program has been retired. I am sad it is over but I am glad I had the honor of witnessing an era come to an end.


  1. What an awesome opportunity! It's kinda sad that the government doesn't seem to think we still need to explore the space around us.

    1. It was beyond mind-blowing to see for sure! I, too, am sad the program was over!

  2. That is so cool that you got to see it!!

    1. It was so so so cool! The sight and sound was incredible!

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    1. It was an incredible experience to be a part of! To see it in person, I mean, there are no words that do it justice!


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