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Old 08-09-2005, 09:55 PM   #1
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Welcome home, Discovery

Okay, for those of you that know me, you already know that I'm a space geek. For the rest of you that don't know me, well, I'm a space geek, what can I say? Anywho, I love y'all enough to relate this story and why today was special to me, I hope you don't mind me blabbing!

I remember January 28, 1986 like it was yesterday. I was 11 years old and lying in bed with the flu and the Challenger was on the pad with steam flowing all around it. I was going nuts and jumping all over my bed, pretty good for sick kid! I watched the the Challenger go up on my 12 inch screen and then I saw the monstrous bloom of white smoke with the SRBs going off in random directions. I knew immediately that something was wrong and I remember Houston hailing Challenger with something like, "Challenger, this is Houston, please respond, over," over and over and over again. A few days later my grandpa gave me a Jason Empire 700mm x 60mm telescope for my birthday and although it was bittersweet, I eventually managed to see the rings of Saturn and the Big Red Spot on Jupiter.

February 1, 2003 I woke up and turned on CNN and caught the live broadcast of a few bright points of light trailing thin lines of smoke crossing a light blue sky. I heard a commentator saying, "I think something might be wrong. What's going on?" I knew immediately that the crew of the Columbia was dead and that the tiles were to blame, nothing else could do that. Later on, I heard Paul Harvey quote a Reverend who described the in-flight breakup video like this, "Tears across the face of Heaven."

I listened to the descent and landing while I was at work this morning and got teary eyed when I heard, "Nose gear down," I jumped up and down again, just like the kid that I am. Welcome home, Discovery!!!

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Old 08-09-2005, 09:58 PM   #2
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i'm just glad they made it home safely damp.
can i have your telescope ??? cause i want one lol
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Old 08-09-2005, 10:06 PM   #3
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It's pretty shaky, Middie! I keep it for sentimental reasons, the lenses are shot anyway!
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Old 08-09-2005, 10:16 PM   #4
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oh okay. then can you get me one for my birthday ? lol
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Old 08-09-2005, 11:34 PM   #5
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Here's a little present for you.
Did you ever take your own picture?
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Old 08-10-2005, 07:41 PM   #6
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Im glad they are back safe. I hope that thing never lifts off again. We need a new vehicle to get into space. And I strongly feel it should be funded from companies. I feel the government should only be in, money-wise, 25%. Its too costly. I havent seen any good out of the billions of dollars the US has spent for this flight. I understand that the space program, as a whole, employs more than 200,000 people. And that in the right company..... the right industries, it is good for the economy. But I dont want my tax money involved.

I feel it would be really really fantastic to discover more of the ocean. I want MORE sushi choices!!!
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Old 08-10-2005, 07:47 PM   #7
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A Nice Story!

Your story touched me. I could almost feel the "little person" in you! My husband is the same...and we both felt relief when we knew the shuttle made it home safely.
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Old 08-10-2005, 09:16 PM   #8
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Sush, I'm with ya 100% as always! Not so sure about the sushi choices, tho! Have you SEEN what swims around down there? Kaylinda, I really was a kid again yesterday, if you and your hubby felt the same way, y'all are good in my book!

Z, that's an awesome pic. I can only dream of being able to do that. Thanks, man.
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Old 08-11-2005, 01:37 PM   #9
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Hey Damp -

That photo took me a couple of minutes to figure out (convex reflection and unique orientation) but I thought it was way cool. The image is available on NASA's web site (it's big)... I'm currently using it as my desktop image.

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