What a Discovery!
It didn’t seem like a great birthday present at the time, but since Carol shares her birth date with Uncle Sam, I figured a trip to the Kennedy Space Center in hopes of catching the launch of the space shuttle Discovery was apropos. It turned out much better than expected.
We took advantage of an opportunity to witness the launch up close. By camping out on the grounds of Jetty Park beyond the launch pad, we were assured of a bird’s eye view. The magnificent Space Ship was in full splendor.
We also took advantage of our proximity to Cape Kennedy by visiting the Space Center before and after the launch. As we got as close as permitted to the vessel, we were awestruck, as though we stood at the foot of the Great Pyramid at Giza.
As night fell, the images became even more majestic. The one on the right sticks out the most in my mind.
At sunrise, we were able to get pretty close considering, and one could feel the crowd anticipation. It had not been long since the Columbia disaster. In addition, beautiful Christa McAuliffe, a teacher living not far from us in New Hampshire, had given her life for her country years earlier on the Challenger, which I watched with other teachers on a large movie screen. Positive as I am, those thoughts entered my mind, and lingered longer than I usually allow.
Watching the astronauts enthusiastically heading for the launch pad is an exhilarating experience that is hard to top.
And what can I say that the photo does not say better.