About a month ago, the Shah's invited Sam and I to join them last Thursday to watch Space Shuttle Discovery lift off. We left at 5:30 a.m. and headed over to the Space Coast, where we explored the Kennedy Space Center, before chartering out to the causeway for the launch.
The hubster's were in heaven. We affectionately call them our COOL NERDS!
Could you imagine this as your TOTAL living area while in space?
Or Imagine living in this........
Replica of the command center
Anlon BEFORE entering the Space Center
Of course, now the living area is much larger.
Once we arrived at the causeway, we sought out the best available viewing area. There was an estimated 17,000 people there and I am pretty sure 15,000 of them had a SUPER, DUPER ZOOM LENS.......Okay, that is a stretch, but there were a lot.
Unfortunately, my zoom lens is WEAK SAUCE, so this is as close as I could get (and it's cropped). However, I am just glad to have any photos to commerate such an AWESOME experience.
We had a few hours to wait on the causeway, before launch time, but it was a beautiful day, so the time passed quickly. We were six miles from the launch pad, but NASA and KENNEDY SPACE CENTER does a wonderful job of making you feel you are closer.
They have a sound system with speakers throughout the viewing area that is a continuous feed of the command center talking back and forth with the shuttle work crew, as they are clearing the shuttle for take off. This is a long process, obviously, as everything has to be PERFECT!!!!
About 5 minutes prior to take off, there was a HOLD............OH NO?!?! Thankfully, the problem was fixed and DISCOVERYwas cleared for launch about 1 minute before the scheduled launch time.
The announcer and our bus driver had walked us through what to expect prior to BLAST OFF, so once we heard, "We're CLEAR" everyone stood up and began yelling and cheering. I was so excited!!!!
4, 3, 2, 1.............
At this point I was so EMOTIONAL. I just kept thinking about how I can not fathom the "BIGNESS" of our GOD. And they, the astronauts were on their way to see just another small part of HIS Creation!
In a matter of minutes, the announcer came over the loud speaker and said, "Space Shuttle Discovery is over the Indian Ocean." WOW!!
I will never forget the experience. There are only two scheduled space shuttle launches left, before government funding is stopped..........so if you have the opportunity to attend one of the final launches I would recommend it.
Thanks to the SHAH's for taking us along.