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launch of discovery on sts-133

The final launch of space shuttle Discovery

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.

Go.

Just go.

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.

I went.

You have two chances left.

Go.

Just go.

5 Responses

  1. You make a good point – yet I know we’ll have to miss out on this bit of history. It totally sucks, but there it is. And it makes me sad.

  2. Yep yeppers! Go for throttle up!

  3. I get the feeling this is aimed at me. 🙂

  4. Nah, I respect that you actually made the trip down. Wish it had turned out differently for you, but at least you have that story and experience. Now, if you decide you want to go again ….

  5. We were traveling from New Jersey to Epcot. I heard the shuttle was going up on Thursday. So I checked the internet to see where the best place to view it from in Epcot. We made reservations to eat dinner in France just after the launch. We stood in line to get on the flight simulator…that was so neat and fitting for the shuttle launch. In the afternoon we headed towards France and were able to sit at a table right next to a wine Kiosk. Lots of people lined the walls all along the area. We saw Disney employees on the roof of buildings, it was a sight to see. A couple speaking a foreign language, behind us, was not aware of what was about to happen. They had their backs turned away from the East. So I told them, they were so excited they could not stop thanking me. The sky was very cloudy so we were not sure we would be able to see it. A man called his Mother asking her to tell us when the shuttle launched. After it launched we waited and waited and looked towards the clouds. Just then, an opening appeared in the sky and there was the shuttle with its rocket booster still on! Everyone cheered, clapped and was just moved at the spectacular sight we all shared that day. Out in the crowd a man could be heard saying “You’ve got to be kidding me!” He was there and not aware so he missed it. How lucky we were to have seen such a sight!

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