Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Space Shuttle Discovery
The Space Shuttle Discovery was retired today. On it's final flight, it circled the DC area and headed to Dulles for an untested landing. I was not one of the lucky to be on the Mall or in the heart of DC itself, but I am lucky enough to work close to Dulles airport. And with that fortuitous work location came 3 flyovers and 1 successful landing at the airport.
To say it was mesmerizing would be an understatement. The sheer size of the shuttle and the even larger plane that it was bolted to was incredible.
It was absolutely a once in a lifetime experience. The ending of an era that, even though it falls outside the range of my memory, is one that grew with our country for so long. Leaps, launches, orbits, and explosions, it certainly has been quite the ride. I'm glad, for its sake, the shuttle was able to have a final flight.