Shuttle Discovery Launches, ThinkGeek is there
Like most geeks out there, we've wanted to see a live space shuttle launch for many years. Well, we finally got the chance, and I was the lucky monkey to be able to do it! This shuttle launch had been scrubbed several times due to a leak in a liquid hydrogen vent line, but luckily, the Sunday evening launch had an on-time liftoff. The rocket booster fire trail was so bright during the first minute that it was almost too bright to even look at. We were far enough away that there was some rocket noise but not too much, mostly between 1 and 2 minutes in. I was surprised how quickly the whole event happened, with the final high point being the solid rocket boosters separation about 2 minutes after liftoff. It was an amazing sight and well worth the drive from my secret TG Megaplex Offsite Location and a few hours of waiting. If you ever have a chance to see a live launch - go! You will be forever thankful.