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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Gloria Todor and Doug Durren - Delaware County PA Real Estate
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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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Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
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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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Kathy Streib
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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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Kathy Streib

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