Space Shuttle STS-133 Discovery…viewed from the sky

Following some last minute delays, on February 24, 2011, the Space Shuttle STS-133 Discovery launched for the 39th and final time.

The space agency is under a presidential direction to retire the space shuttle fleet of three (including Atlantis and Endeavor) this summer and let private companies take over trips that orbit while NASA will focus on getting astronauts to asteroids and Mars.

The same morning, a plane that had been delayed from Orlando was lucky enough to witness the sight and at least one man captured it and posted it online.

While the passenger recorded the launch on his iPhone, the plane’s captain said to passengers over the loudspeaker, “Those on the right side can see the space shuttle. Those on the left side can probably see the people on the right side looking at the space shuttle.”

Truly that is life in the fast lane.

Over For Now.

Main Street One

NASA STS-131 An Incredible Sight

I realize that there are those who disagree with space exploration while things here on good ole Earth are in such a mess.

However, I will not get into a discussion regarding that topic with this post. I will, for now, just go on record stating that Main Street One supports the Mission of NASA.

A couple of days ago, NASA Kennedy sent Discovery STS-131 into space taking equipment to the International Space Station.

The launch itself is, to this Main Streeter, pure beauty.

For anyone with the time, this is a 2:43 minute video of the moments leading to T-minus and lift-off.

I was fortunate enough to be on hand, several years ago, to witness with my own eyes the launch of Atlantis STS-86 at Cape Canaveral in Florida.

Though we were approximately one mile from the actual launch pad (that is the closest, I was told, that non-authorized mission personnel are allowed), the spectacle our group watched was magnificent.

Unfortunately I lost the digital photos taken at the time (computer crash several years ago with no file backup-stupid, I know). However, NASA keeps very good records.

This is the launch of STS-86:

This is the launch of STS-131:

As stated earlier, to this person, it is a thing of beauty.

Over For Now.

Main Street One