Tonight Tara and I witnessed what is said to be the last night lauch of the Space Shuttle program. We have watched all but two of the launches since moving to Florida in 2003. Each and every time, I am a bit anxious until the shuttle is up and out of sight. I see each launch as a little piece of history. We have a pretty open view to the east if you go out our front door and into our cul de sac! There were not many folks out in the neighborhood tonight, but you could hear those that were giving the launch a round of applause.
In this photo you can see the moon (bluish orb to the left) and the glow of the shuttle in the middle of the picture. It was an awesome night weather-wise.
I wonder where space exploration will take man next? Will we re-visit the moon?
Godspeed to the crew until your safe return- Commander Chris Ferguson, Pilot Eric Boe, Mission Specialists Donald Pettit, Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper, Steve Bowen, Shane Kimbrough and Sandra Magnus