Living in Florida, I have gotten use to the fact the Space Shuttle blasts off only a few miles from where I live. I try to get out and watch it from my back yard or another location with a better view.
In 2010, the Space Shuttle project will stop and the last night blast off was on November 14th, so I knew I didn’t want to miss that.Â We went to where the golf course starts and waited until 7:55 pm.Â There were so many people there this time and I guess they all felt like me.Â This is the last one and I want to be part of it.Â Floridians feel very strong about the Kennedy Space Center, as other states cherish their monuments and places of history.
As the time approached, the clouds were heavy on the horizon and then the glow started and then there was nothing.Â The crowd became very quite.Â The clouds were so heavy in our area we couldn’t even see the glow of the rockets and believe me, I was starting to worry.Â It seemed an eternity before the shuttle started peeking above the clouds and the crowd roared.Â Its just a site to behold, especially at night.Â We saw the rocket separation and then it went behind the clouds again.Â I wish I could describe how the crowd feels every time you watch the shuttle make its way to space.Â
The video I have below is a good example of how the crowd reacts to the blast off andÂ especially when the shuttle went behind the clouds.Â We did the same thing when we weren’t able to see it anymore.Â You should get a chuckle out of it.Â I hope you enjoy this littleÂ few second video.
I will finally get to visit Kennedy Space Center in DecemberÂ and we will have lunch with an Astronaut.Â Story Musgrave has been with NASA for 30 years and worked closely with the Hubble Telescope and has logged many hours in space.Â The reason I am so excited about seeing him is that he is friends with my last employer and I can’t wait to take picture of the two of us together to pass along to him.Â They haven’t seen each other in many years.
I am looking forward to all the pictures and stories that I will cherish after a day at Kennedy Space Center.