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09/23/2012

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Sprite's Keeper

How cool! I used to love seeing the launches when I was a kid. Everything would just kind of stop at whatever time and everyone would head outside to check the skies for the trail, even as far South as I lived from Cape Canaveral. The sonic booms were a little less friendly because you never knew when they were coming and would think someone was trying to batter down your garage wall. :-)

Jan's Sushi Bar

The last flight of the Endeavor was also bittersweet, too. I'm going to miss the space shuttle program, even with all it's problems.

Alaina

That is so cool! I would have loved to have seen that!

Ginny Marie

One of my Facebook friends in CA posted his pictures, too. That is just an awesome thing to see!

Shelby

My hubby headed to Disneyland and zealously guarded his prime position directly in front of the Castle and Matterhorn for that perfectly-framed Disneyland Endeavour shot, and then it flew directly over their heads and he was completely unable to get any part of Disneyland in the background. Oops.

I too was surprised by the reaction. It honestly did seem like a throwback to the pre-Challenger days when the Soviets were out to get us and the fact that we made something that was practically a regular old airplane but it went into space was the most awesome thing ever. It almost seems simplistic, given our scientific advances since then (mapping the human genome? Meh, been there, done that) but for whatever reason, this retirement of the space-airplane just seemed to bring out the kid in all of us. It's definitely the end of an era, and I can't wait to see it at the Science Center. (which itself feels like another artifact of my childhood when it was the Museum of Science and Industry and it had the chick hatchery and the giant mobius strip and the health museum with the oversized teeth exhibit).

My Disneyland Endeavour post is here, including Disney's misspelled sign indicating the arrival of the "Spaceship Endeavor." http://myyearwiththemouse.com/2012/09/21/space-shuttle-endeavor-over-disneyland/

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