I didn’t get to see STS-133 launch at the end of October last year. Â I was rather disappointed. Â I have been working in the aerospace industry for 13 years now and all in the Shuttle side even. Â In that time, I had never gone to see a live Shuttle launch in person! Â So when I won the Space Flight Awareness Honoree Award, I was sooo excited!
Then the launch got delayed. Â And it got delayed big! Â It was December, then January. Â And then it had moved to February. Â It was on my son’s birthday even! Â No matter… I was so determined to see it in personÂ especiallyÂ since the award involved seeing it as close as one can get! Â (Unless you are the president or something!)
So two of my co-workers wanted to see it as well and we drove out to see it. Â 16 hours of driving. Â Each way. Â It was long but totally worth it.
It will be sad to see them all retire… I sure hope NASA and humanity doesn’t let go of the dreams…