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Old 05-14-2010, 01:58 PM   #1
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Thumbs up SPACE SHUTTLE ATLANTIS JUST LIFTED OFF ON FINAL MISSION AFTER 30YRS!!!

I just got done watching Atlantis lift-off successfully on its final mission after 30 yrs orbiting in space...in case you don't know, the current space shuttles will all 'retire' this year...

My older son Mark has been fascinated with the Space Shuttle Program since he was a little boy...he had always wanted to be a pilot, until migraines 'grounded his dreams'... :(

Well, my son Mark flew down to Florida last night after work to get a chance to witness history being made and getting to see the launch 'LIVE' at the Kennedy Space Center!!!...

I haven't spoken to him yet, but he must be 'thrilled to death' at such an awesome and amazing opportunity!!!...

In case you are all wondering why the whole family isn't there with him....my younger son Kevin is graduating from college this Sunday morning, and you probably all know how many times the shuttle launches have been delayed over and over again, with weather or equipment complications...

We simply couldn't take the chance that it wouldn't go off as scheduled and we wouldn't make it back in time for Kevin's 'milestone'...

Thankfully, it DID take off on time, so Mark will fly home to NY tomorrow in time for the graduation ceremony Sunday morning...'whew'....

Ok, 'now back to your regularly scheduled Camaro5 viewing and posting'.....
(and for some of you I will just say this ---- "I WIN!" ...LOL...you know who you are...hehehehehe )
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Old 05-14-2010, 02:02 PM   #2
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Awesome..I wanna see the last lift off...I got to see the third landing at Edwards..Then the circle would be complete.
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Old 05-14-2010, 02:15 PM   #3
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Prima - your family has a very full weekend, very neat!

Got to see a launch in the late 90's - something I will never forget, nothing can describe it.
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Old 05-14-2010, 02:23 PM   #4
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Prima - your family has a very full weekend, very neat!

Got to see a launch in the late 90's - something I will never forget, nothing can describe it.
Thanks, I really, really wanted to go, but as my Dad always said, "Everything in life is timing"...

Can't wait to see my son's pics and videos...he bought a brand new camera the other night just for this...it has a 14X magnification and also takes video, so it should be good...
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Old 05-14-2010, 02:58 PM   #5
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Very cool! Live it through his trip!
Post some videos!
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Old 05-14-2010, 03:15 PM   #6
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I've seen it in person....words, pictures, TV ...just don't do it justice. We were 17 miles away and you could feel the rumble!
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Old 05-14-2010, 03:20 PM   #7
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I wonder when the space program will fire up again...
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Old 05-14-2010, 03:33 PM   #8
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Last launch for Atlantis. 1985-2010. How many flights left? one or two? I would sooooo love to see a Shuttle launch. It's on the other end of the country from me, but i wish i could see that in person.

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Old 05-14-2010, 04:02 PM   #9
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While I was waiting for Atlantis to blast off, one of the news commentators was asking a former astronaut how long it would take to build the next (smaller sized) fleet of space shuttles and he said we should have already started building them 5 yrs ago...
After this year when all our shuttles are retired, the only way for us to get to the space station is to 'rent a seat' on a Russian flight..................
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Old 05-14-2010, 04:49 PM   #10
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I've seen it in person....words, pictures, TV ...just don't do it justice. We were 17 miles away and you could feel the rumble!
A shuttle launch is one of the most powerful, awe-inspiring sights you will ever witness. It is beyond incredible.
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Old 05-14-2010, 04:53 PM   #11
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A shuttle launch is one of the most powerful, awe-inspiring sights you will ever witness. It is beyond incredible.
I cannot even imagine how exciting it must be...I just about cry whenever they launch or land, it is such an emotional experience to witness on tv...I cannot even imagine the majesty of seeing it in person.............
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Old 05-16-2010, 03:39 PM   #12
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Here are the pictures and video that my son took of the Atlantis launch 'LIVE' 5/14/10.....ENJOY!!!...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/marksow...7624066321296/
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Old 05-16-2010, 05:08 PM   #13
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Awesome. It's sad how small the budget is for our space program. People think it's more important to take care of the damn lady bugs than it is to get to mars and beyond. Fools.
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Yes. The budget really hasn't increased since the early 90s, falling way behind inflation.
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