Home at Last

Shuttle Glides Safely Home in Spite of Damage
The space shuttle Endeavour is safely back on earth.  Phew.

While the astronauts and officials at NASA expressed little concern, with their usual understated engineering and scientific pronouncements, news of the “gouge” was enough to have me thinking of the two shuttle disasters that have already taken place, Challenger in 1987 and Columbia in 2003.  Space flight has always been a source of fascination for me, no doubt like lots of other little boys and girls growing up in the 1960s.  It continues to be a symbol of what we can achieve, and of how we can set our sights on (in this case, literally) higher things.  It hurts when they come crashing to the ground.

I’m glad they’re safely back on Earth.


2 thoughts on “Home at Last

  1. It’s been a bad year for NASA, so a “nominal” landing is well-worth cheering.

    As you know, I am a big fan of the TV show “Dirty Jobs”, and on one recent program the host went to Cape Canaveral and got to work on the crawler that delivers the shuttle to the launch pad. His “dirty job” was replacing the grease that lubricates the carriage. They also let him drive the crawler for a few minutes. The host, Mike Rowe, is about the same age as you and I, and even though he was filled with trepidation about piloting the massive platform, the unmistakable glint of glee shone in his eyes and you could just tell he was like a little kid watching the astronauts all over again.

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