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Discovery's Last Mission

We had front row seats to watch the Space Shuttle Discovery blast off on it's last mission to the International Space Station.

 

Mission STS-133... it's the thirty ninth flight for Discovery. And her last. There will only be one or two more space shuttle launches.

 

We sat in the hot Florida sun for more than eight hours listening to the people at NASA get ready to shoot this thing into space.

 

There was a computer problem that was solved with only two seconds to go that would have scrubbed the launch and the guy who shut the door on the shuttle after the astronauts got in broke off a piece of heat shield tile... which he quickly glued back on and taped with masking tape.

 

I heard them say on the radio 'go for main engine start' and a second or two later I could see a cloud of smoke erupt beneath Discovery.

 

It was hard to take pictures because I couldn't keep the camera to my eye... I mean... I was watching the space shuttle launch...

 

What an experience!

 

It was more than a half a minute later when the sound hit us... a deep and powerful rumble... it was unlike anything that I've ever heard. So powerful and it shook everything.

 

The sound was like constant and ever increasing thunder.

 

My daughters were enthralled and I was so happy to have been able to give them front row seats to see history.

 

"I want to go up to space dad!'

 

It was an incredible adventure to share and one of the greatest spectacles I've ever seen.

 

It will be the last time Discovery heads to space.

 

I hope all of her crew succeeds in every aspect of their mission and comes home to the welcome arms of their families on Earth.

 

 

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Taken on February 24, 2011