Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Space Shuttle

Just thought this was cool. 2 Space Shuttles on the launch pads at the same time. I've loved to follow the space program since I was 13 and went to see the Columbia land out at Edwards AFB for STS 5, as well as the 1st landing of the Challenger. (Both ships are since gone.) Right now they have Atlantis and Endeavour ready for launch because the upcoming mission will be going to the Hubble Telescope for repairs. The Endeavor (in the background) will serve as a rescue ship in case something goes wrong. It's kind of sad to see the Shuttle program winding down over the next two years. I just hope that we stay bold with space exploration and keep moving forward as they did back in the '60s.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

A little late, but what the heck. We may have been at a same landing. I think I saw the last landing of Challenger, but I'm not sure. It was really cool.

I heard the 2x sonic boom from the last landing at Edwards after Thanksgiving, but didn't think about it being the shuttle until after it landed. It was an Oh-duh moment. I had heard so many here when I lived in Santa Barbara that it somehow didn't surprise me.

While preaching in Lompoc last winter I stayed with a gentlemen who was responsible for coordinator the whole Vandenberg launch site for the shuttle Atlantis. Too bad that never came about. It was really interesting talking to him.