fire in the sky

Wow. Just wow.

Frank and I went out to the golf course behind our house to watch Shuttle Discovery blast off for the last night launch of the space shuttle ever. We’re about forty miles from Kennedy, and still the entire northern sky turned bright red, orange, yellow, and white when Discovery lifted off. It was amazing. Frank has video. I have pictures, and if I ever find the data cord for my camera, I will certainly share them.

Also cool: listening to our neighbors cheer from various back porches as they, too, watched our astronauts make some American history.

I’d like to give a shout out to reader JFH, who got to watch from the VIP seats tonight. I hope you and your family had a great time. We’re praying for your friend and for all of the astronauts, of course! If the launch had been scrubbed tonight, JFH was going to give us his car pass for Kennedy for the launch on Tuesday night. Thanks so much, we really do appreciate your thinking of us! And we’re really happy it worked out for you and your family.

Y’all, that was cool. One perk of living in Florida.

6 Responses to fire in the sky

  1. Unbelievable launch! Wimped out and stayed at the Visitor Center, tonight instead of taking the buses to the closer site, but still the kids LOVED it and we beat most of the traffic!…

    Thursday, we didn’t get back to the Visitor’s Center until 11:00 (i.e. 80 minutes after the launch was scrubbed). Then it took us over an hour to travel the 3-4 miles to Rt. 1 (almost all the other cars, for some unknown reason, stayed in that same traffic for another few miles to get to 95). Now, I’m typing this with the whole family safely snoring in bed, north of Daytona at the same time I was still fighting traffic.

  2. I am sooo glad you got to see that. It is one of my favorite memories from Florida, and that’s sayin’ something…….

  3. Frank’s video is very cool! I wish I could have seen it in person at some point, but I guess that’s the last chance, so at least I got to see it from your perspective. *grin*

  4. bout the ONLY perk of living in Melboring. ;)

  5. Look forward to seeing Frank’s video. Never saw a launch when I was down in FL but that was in Jacksonville so too far north.

  6. Man, I step away from the computer for a few days and miss so many good posts.

    The Mrs. and I were able to view a launch from the VIP area when we were on our honeymoon in ’92. She is one of the programmers for the shuttle software here in Houston and some folks at the Cape found out she would be in town for a launch so we got to go where the families go and that was pretty cool. If you’ve never seen a launch live, I think the one thing you never realize is just how fast the shuttle gets in the air and out of sight. On TV, it looks like it’s moving so slow because the cameras are following it but it was actually a bit of a disappointment to me. There were some moderately high clouds that day and when the shuttle cleared the pad, it took off like a bottle rocket and was gone in about 2 seconds. It might have been more impressive if it had been a little more clear that day.