The Final Shuttle Launch and Hopes for the Dream to Continue.

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The Final Shuttle Launch was this morning and as I tried to catch a view from my balcony, I couldn't help but feel a touch of melancholy. 

Thirty Years of watching the shuttles rise into the sky like a giant lighted arrow... aiming for the stars.  Holding my breath until I heard the calm words from the voice of NASA ... a successful launch.. all systems go.

And, before that..watching Alan Shepard, the First American to go into space and then the following missions.  At one time, I'd bet every child in school and many adults could name the 7 Mercury astronauts

I've been connected to NASA almost all my life having grown up in Houston.  I can remember when NASA came to town.   There temporary office on 45 heading towards Galveston was teeny compared to the huge complex it became. Every visitor we had got a trip down to NASA.... my best friend's dad was in Public Relations with NASA and traveled with the astronauts. And, when we lived in Orlando we had the good fortune to watch several day and night launches from our home or boat.

As you get older, you become accustomed to seeing things, places and people come and go.  And, as is often the case, to be replaced by something made better by the dedication, sacrifice and hours of those who came before.

I know many might say the money spent for space exploration could and should be better spent on the many problems we face today.  And, it's hard to argue with that... but I think it's the dreams we have... the hope and possibilities of the future, some that may not seem as practical, that keep us going in tough times.

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Silvia Dukes PA, REALTOR
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Kathy, in some way, we are all connected to 30 years of space shuttle program... I'm sad to see it end and hopeful for something new and even more exciting to come along in the future.

July 08, 2011 01:02 PM
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Malcolm Johnston
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Kathy, it's true that the Space Shuttle launches have become a frequent enough occurance that we really stopped paying attention with the same intensity. Now that this is the last one, a sense of nostalgia is creeping in, and I realize that I really did take this amazing accomplishment for granted.

July 08, 2011 01:03 PM
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Kathy it is sad to see the program ending. We all grew up with it and it is 'future' orientated thinking....going beyond the known.  Apparently commercial flights are 4 to 5 years away? I remember the moon walk....what a time that was!

July 08, 2011 01:29 PM
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It is sad that the program is ending.  Thank you for bringing the space shuttle history to us and reminding us of the absolute amazement and wonder the space program brought about :)! 

July 08, 2011 01:55 PM
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Years ago... Ithink perhaps it was when my daughter (who is an adult now) was in the 5th grade we visited Huntsville, AL and got to go INTO the international space station.  Of course at the time the construction was still on earth and not in space.  I hope our country will soon be back on the right economic track and move forward with space exploration.  Many things we take for granted came through NASA research.

July 08, 2011 02:47 PM
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Kathy Streib
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Silvia- yes it will be exciting to see what's around the corner.

Malcolm- I think we all did.  I was in Orlando, sitting in my car at a stop light (years ago) and heard the radio announcing a launch... I happened to look out the window and WOW... got to see the launch!

Anna- me too.  I remembered being glued to the television.. and being able to name the astronauts.  Will you be in a commercial flight??

Brenda- We have new technology, so I'm expecting great things!

Tammy- absolutely right... I bet a good Google search will list all of the things that have come about because of the NASA research.

 

 

July 08, 2011 03:57 PM
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Kathy....I think it is so sad that this is just going away! Nice post!
Hope you have a great weekend! ---Rob

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July 08, 2011 06:06 PM
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Kathy Streib
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Rob- it's sad and sad too for all of the people who will now be out of work. 

July 08, 2011 08:29 PM
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Kathy, I think the space program in general brings back memories of happier and more hopeful times-lots of nostalgia for the sixties-outer space has been displaced by cyberspace and somehow it just doesn't have the same excitement for me.

July 08, 2011 09:08 PM
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Hi Kathy, Gosh your loss is more intimate as you have had the ability to see it up close and real.  Yes it is sad to see this chapter end. I've always enjoyed the fact that we have been able to propel people into space and then bring them back home.  So amazing! 

Hopefully in the next chapter for our country we will get up there sooner than everyone thinks!

Have a great weekend.
Gloria

July 08, 2011 10:14 PM
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David Ames
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Kathy...were you able to see it clearly from your balcony?  How cool is that?  My dad worked down at Ames NASA research center (no connection, btw) in Mountain View for a few years.  When I was a kid, he take us down every once in awhile to check out the space capsules they had displayed there.

July 08, 2011 10:31 PM
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Kathy, you have been very lucky to be able to watch the launch from your balcony, and othe places.  I do wonder what is next...

July 09, 2011 02:18 AM
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Joan Cox
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Kathy, I would think living so close to NASA and being able to watch a liftoff would be spectacular.   I have had two families relocate here from Cocoa Beach (I think), and they liked being able to watch.

July 09, 2011 05:26 PM
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Joanna- you make a very good point.  There are so many new areas that have opened up to us for exploration, chief of which is cyberspace.  I'm still in awe of it though.

Gloria- I think it stems from how old I was when the program started.

David- When we lived in Orlando I could see the launch from my driveway.  It all depends on cloud cover and if you're looking in the right area.

Rebecca- I wonder too.  When we see the launch from down here you'll see a very brief bright trail of light.

Joan- we were out fishing in Orlando once and were able to see a night launch.  

 

July 17, 2011 09:54 PM
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