TurningWheels

Tuesday, July 26, 2005
  Routine?
 
The launch of Discovery this morning was absolutely awe-inspiring. For the first time, NASA attached a camera towards the nose of the external fuel tank, offering up some incredible pictures of the Shuttle as it rocketed at MACH 25 towards space. For the first time, we got to watch the large external tank detach from Discovery with a beautiful view of Earth in the background.

My heart was in my throat the entire time. There is nothing routine about these Shuttle missions, yet we have had the tendency to take them for granted. The technology and engineering involved to get this complicated and heavy machine to withstand the massive explosion of fuel-- and defeat the forces of nature-- is unmatched by any country in the world, and it's hard to believe NASA has been doing this since I was a young child.

Today is a great day for NASA, the United States, and space exploration. It will be exciting to see what is next...

Godspeed, Discovery.




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