Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Discovery Launch

Watching on television just a little while ago and seeing the launch of that space shuttle was a surprisingly powerful experience. There's really something incredible about the sheer force of the rocketship moving thousands and thousands of miles per hour above the Earth. But more impressive and impactful is the human emotion involved. The faces of the men and women in the mission control center and their joyous reactions upon the successful liftoff. The voice of the captain coming through loudly, clearly, and with confidence as the ship drove through the sky. The feeling that I, and any human being anywhere who watched the launch, got as the countdown began and then the excitement as it moved from t-minus to t-plus and the NASA announcer proclaimed "the vehicle has cleared the tower!" The pure, admirable goals of this entire program - to further humankind's understanding of the world that exists beyond our planet - make this launch a great moment for people everywhere. There aren't many times when such a declaration can be made and not seem like hyperbole, but I think this may be one of them.

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Keep up with Spaceflight Now for very frequent updates on the STS-114 mission, which will last 12 days and will take the 7 men and women on board to the International Space Station.

1 Comments:

At 4:04 PM, Blogger wfoley said...

Thanks. I've grown a little blase about these things over the years, and it was nice to get a fresh perspective

 

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