You have two more chances.
The space shuttle Discovery is in space right now. She’ll be landing soon. And she’ll never fly again.
If you haven’t seen Discovery launch already, you never will.
The space shuttle Endeavour has one launch left. Currently, it’s scheduled for April 19.
If you haven’t seen Endeavour launch, and don’t go to the STS-134 mission launch, you’ll never see her, either.
The space shuttle Atlantis also has one launch left. Currently, it’s scheduled for June 28.
If you haven’t seen Atlantis launch, and don’t go to the STS-135 mission launch, you’ll never see her, either.
But, most importantly, if you’ve never seen a space shuttle launch, you only have two chances left.
And then, you’ve missed out forever.
To put in in a larger perspective, if you miss out on watching one of those two launches, you’ve not only missed out on seeing a space shuttle launch, you’ve most likely missed out on watching an American crewed space launch for years.
And when astronauts start launching from America again, they’ll fly on vehicles much less powerful than the shuttle. If you miss out on seeing one of the next two shuttle launches, you’ve missed out on seeing a vehicle that powerful launch for even more years.
And when America builds a new launch vehicle as powerful as the shuttle again, the plan is that it won’t carry astronauts. So if you miss out on seeing one of the next two shuttle launches, you’ve missed out on seeing a vehicle that powerful launch with astronauts onboard for … well … who knows? Very possibly your lifetime.
This is history.
And you have two chances left to see it.
Whatever opposition is in your head right now, ask yourself, really, does it matter?
But ask it this way — twenty years from now, which am I going to want to talk about, going to see a shuttle launch, or whatever I did instead?
Maybe you’ll have to skimp financially in other areas to afford it. But, twenty years from now, are you more likely to tell people about seeing the shuttle, or the extra few times you ate at McDonald’s?
Maybe you’ll have to use vacation time you’d planned for something else. But, twenty years from now, which trip are you more likely to talk about?
Maybe you’re busy. What are you doing those days that you’re going to talk about twenty years later?
The launch schedule may change, but you can check the current planned dates here.
I’ve had so many people say they’re jealous of the launches that I’ve seen — four shuttles, two unmanned rockets.
But I’ve had no real advantage. I’ve paid for my trips, and I’ve taken time off. Seeing those six launches involved making nine trips to Florida.
I’ve seen those launches for one reason, and one reason only.
You have two chances left.