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Mar
20
2009

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.

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meaningless icon! I wrote an article on evadot.com the night of the Kepler launch about how I wished NASA TV would go down to the spectators and interview them and catch their excitement. NASA TV makes this cool thing so boring. Maybe a spectator youtube channel or something like that would work.
Dizee said this 2044 days ago.
meaningless icon! This was a very triumphant moment not only for me but for the entire United States and Puerto Rico. The shuttle contained the first ever Puertorrican astronaut to go to space (NASA is full of PR workers but this is the first one to actually go into space). It was a very proud moment for me and my entire nation.
Boricua Turtle said this 2042 days ago.
meaningless icon! Curse you, Scott. I wish I could go see one of these. Someday I'll move to Cape Canaveral just to see one of these...
Dash said this 2042 days ago.
meaningless icon! Scott! Next time you're in my backyard (Orlando) look me up! (I'm @jenvargas on Twitter)
jenvargas said this 1928 days ago.

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