Well, I have survived the first space shuttle launch since I have been a resident of Florida. I watched the launch over a streaming connection on the internet from work. The NASA network had really interesting coverage of the event. Upon liftoff there was this nerdy sounding guy doing the equivalent to play by play, blurting out the speed, distance from the Earth and other relevant information. From what I could understand, this is the first launch that they have had this much media involved for the general public. My favorite part was when the camera attached to the fuel tank was detached and I watched the speeding space shuttle zoom off into space. Pretty cool thing to see.
Rumor has it that it is kind of a tradition for Floridians to go outside and try to see the shuttle in the sky… I tried this with zero luck. My eyes did get really watery while looking up at the bright sky though… I guess it was worth a try.
Whenever I think of the shuttle being launched, I try to think of what the astronauts were thinking 2 seconds before ignition. What and the hell must be going through these peoples minds? I will tell you… STOP, SHIT, SHIT, SHIT.
Dinosaurs and space… Guys will never stop being amazed by these two subjects… Oh, I guess girls too.