Sunday, March 15, 2009

Shuttle Launch!

Here we are, waiting on the side of the road for what seemed like HOURS for the shuttle Discovery to make her 36th launch. The mission this time is to take some replacement struts to the International Space Station.
The shuttle blasted off at 7:43 pm. We could hear the sound just a few seconds after we saw the fire and steam.

The steam trail was HUGE and curly, and the sun reflected off it and made it all different colors. It was so AWESOME!!!!!!
It took about an hour to get over there from Orlando, then about 1 1/2 hours to wait for it to blast off, then about 2 minutes of " AHHHHHHH", then about 2 hours of driving back. The traffic was horrendous! Part of the problem was the stinking toll booths.....there must have been 20 of them! It was an unforgettable moment for the kids, especially the young "science-tist." He will surely remember it for the rest of his life.
More pictures tomorrow from our afternoon in Cocoa. We were loaded down when we came in from the car, and I forgot to grab the other camera out of the glove box.

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