NASA scrubbed the STS-127 launch of Endeavour – twice!
My grandiose plans for the launch were kaput. How I did dream a
trip, a campaign, a pilgrimage with style and adventure and ritualistic
dance. Now I have nothing but this blog post. NOTHING!
It is hard nowadays to plan a vacation to watch a launch. I have
never seen a shuttle launch in person and have been thwarted multiple
times due to problems with the stack or the vehicle or weather.
Hard earned monies were wasted in my endeavor to see the bird fly. 2
non-refundable round-trip coach airplane tickets to Florida,
non-refundable hotel accommodations in Orlando at a 3 star getaway for
5 nights, non-refundable “Swimming w/ Killer Whales Oceanic
Spectacular” and backstage jamboree tickets with included SCUBA
training, non-refundable campground deposit at the site of the 17th
Annual “Gator Slog” and BBQ picnic, non-refundable bus tour of national
historic marshlands where one finds a ‘haunting mock-up Isruville’, a
town with severe hurricane damage billed as “The Forgotten Village,” a
side trip to visit friends Tricia and Meg and family, and lastly, 4
non-refundable gourmet cooking lectures w/ included geology trips. BAH!
Why 2 plane tickets you ask? One for me. And one for John Glenn.
Bottom line: don’t use cheapy, never-heard-of-before internet travel vacation arranger planners. http://www.travel-fore-les.biz/nasa_package always did make me twitch. Now I know better.
So my nerdy attempts to witness a launch first hand were ruined.
Fascinated with human space flight I am. Within the past 10 years, my
love for space, technology and the mysteries of the universe has
blossomed almost into a way of life, a positive philosophy based on the
foundations of “mission control,” THE FLIGHT CONTROLLER’S CREED.”
I have followed the space shuttle missions since I can remember,
dating back to 1986, when Challenger exploded. I was 11 and in 4th
grade. I think that’s when my consciousness expanded, not just with
space flight but also with gaining knowledge of something called “the
media.” We watched Challenger in school and I remember going home and
being drawn to the news, watching the footage and investigation unfold.
It was pretty hefty stuff for a 4th grader.
I have always enjoyed television news and video footage of real
events, without editing, like tornados, airline crashes, earthquakes,
tsunamis etc. Forces of nature, things beyond our control, caught on
tape, y’know? Sounds filthy. What a marvel of the space age! Is that
morbid?! lol The photo journalist in me I suppose…
Continental Airlines Flight 1713 crashed here in Denver on November
15, 1987 and 28 people were killed. I was having a slumber party for my
birthday. That flight was bound for Boise, Idaho when it crashed during
a snowstorm while attempting to take off from what was then Stapleton
International Airport. I interrupted my 12th birthday party because I
wanted to see what the deal was with the plane crash. I ate ice cream
and cake while watching the news.
So I trudged through high school, a nerd, went to college and
studied English/Journalism. Why I didn’t study Math is beyond my
comprehension. With the advent of the “digital age,” everyone from the
average Joe to the third-world villager can glean much from the
internet (not all of it good). I find that following space missions
online to be very rewarding and mentally stimulating. They stream
everything now from live mission control to live EVA (space walk) to
press conferences to background video presentations blah blah blah.
Pushing the human endurance and technology boundaries is a positive
in this negative-filled world. If only the entire people of earth
gathered together for the science and exploration.
So much could be solved if we work together.
Wow this was pretty much a stream-of-consciousness ramble if I ever saw one.