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Space Shuttle Endeavour in Houston

Wednesday, 19 September, 2012

The Space Shuttle Endeavour came through Houston today.

The Scientist and I were lucky enough to both have a front row seat for the fly by. Some of my coworkers and I went onto the roof of the museum. It flew right by us, and we were able to watch it for several minutes as it circled around the city.

It was a bittersweet day for many Houstonians. While we were happy to have the opportunity to see Endeavour on its way to Los Angeles, we also felt that Houston had been cheated. This is the home of the manned space program. It is where the astronauts live and train, it is home to Mission Control. This city, which proudly calls itself Space City, deserves a shuttle.

Later on, we took Charlie out to Ellington Field so he would have the opportunity to see the shuttle up close. I say he, but it was for all of us.

“Remember this, Charlie,” I told him as we were walking up. We were allowed so close, much closer than I imagined. It was beautiful.

25 missions. 296 days, 3 hours, 34 minutes, 2 seconds in space.

Godspeed, Endeavour.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Mom permalink
    Thursday, 20 September, 2012 10:51 am

    I know this was a real thrill for you honey. Endeavour looks as it should – used and ready for a rest. xoxox

  2. Thursday, 20 September, 2012 5:20 pm

    I wish I had seen it yesterday! But your pictures are great. I agree; it’s bittersweet. Thanks for sharing your experience!

  3. Kathy permalink
    Thursday, 20 September, 2012 7:53 pm

    I agree – Houston should have been a given.

  4. Friday, 21 September, 2012 3:49 pm

    That is so cool. What a wonderful day for Charlie. And for you!

  5. Saturday, 22 September, 2012 12:12 am

    I can’t believe that Houston doesn’t get a shuttle! We got lucky and just happened to see the Endeavor as it passed over the beach in Santa Barbara this morning. Quite a sight!

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