Friday, November 14, 2008

Emotional Shuttle launches.

I'm watching the launch of the Shuttle Endeavor, STS-126 on NASA-TV's webfeed and I can't help but remember the Challenger explosion. I can watch other launches, like those of Space X, with out a care in the world, but watching Shuttle launches always make me a bit nervous, even a little afraid and my through gets sore like I'm at a funeral an trying not to cry.

Before seeing Challenger explode, I had watched every shuttle launch and re-entry if not live then the “rerun” on public access or taped. There have been over 70 shuttle flights since Challenger but I have not watched very many. This evening's launch is the first shuttle flight I have watched since the Shuttle Coumbia disintegrated during re-entry in 2003.

Maybe watching this successful shuttle launch will help me be less anxious so I can enjoy watching the remaining launches before the Shuttle fleet is mothballed in 2010.