Forget Being a Rock Star; I Want to Be an Astronaut

Atlantis Begins Pursuit of Hubble Space Telescope
Mon, 11 May 2009 03:46:45 PM EDT

“After a smooth countdown and picture-perfect liftoff, space shuttle Atlantis and a crew of seven astronauts are in space, beginning their 11-day mission to service NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. Atlantis lifted off Launch Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida today at 2:01 p.m. EDT.

It took us 2 and a half hours to drive there and 2 and a half hours to drive home, including driving through the craziest rainfall that forced drivers to turn on the flashing hazards just to see each other. We sat under the blazing noon hour sun, trying not to burn, for 2 hours as we waited for the shuttle to launch. Our location on the grassy knoll next to the water was about 20 kilometres from the launch site.

The actual time that we saw the shuttle before it disappeared in the clouds was maybe a minute and a half, if that.

Remember those five hours beneath the flapping sail as we sailed in the Keys that I claimed couldn’t possible be beat during this holiday?

Absolutely 100% beaten out by what felt like mere seconds as Atlantis launched.

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