Watching the Endeavour Launch… from the roof!

The moment Endeavour lifts off on its final flight

 

We went to the roof to have a clear view of the Endeavour last voyage into the skies and beyond. We were following on NASA TV that everything was a go to the launch, so we decided to run upstairs just five minutes before. I drag the little girl literally from her sleep, and she might have thought “what the heck are we doing in the roof surrounded by all this bugs?” What does she knows about NASA, the launches, the space adventures? Absolutely nothing, nada, niente, rien. But she can see the pictures and read this post in the future and learn that we saw it. It’s the thirth shuttle launch in her short life and probably she will see the last one too. Nevertheless, she kept saying “bi” “bi”, which means bugs. Yes, it’s that time of the year again. Lovebugs are everywhere and are really annoying. Google it if you haven’t heard about those and you’ll see what I’m talking about. I just don’t want to give it a “prime time” post on my blog. Besides, this post is about the launch.

Everything goes by so quickly. First, there’s the thrilling of the expectation. It’s a go? There’s any last minute technical issue? And while we wait we think how amazing it is to reach the stars and explore the universe. It’s been 30 years of the shuttle program but it still feels the same excitement capable to provoke goose bumps in a hot day. The countdown didn’t stop this time, after being postponed from the original schedule on April 29.

It happened at 8:56 am. We started seeing the pillar of fire and the Endeavour picking up speed into the sky. This is Endeavour’s final flight and 25th mission. It took just a couple of minutes until it disappeared and only after we heard the characteristic delayed sound. The six-men crew will work in a 16 days mission after docking in the International Space Station.

What about us? We came down for breakfast and returned to our normal routine.

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One Response to Watching the Endeavour Launch… from the roof!

  1. Mark at #

    That second image is a great shot. The eyes naturally start with the people on the beach, and then follow the trail of the shuttle upward.