Watching her land live was agony and ecstasy. I wish it wasn’t the last, but at least her final approach was pitch-perfect and altogether beautiful.
I took screenshots of that historic final landing. Figured I’d share.
Steaming hot! Watching that steam come off her in infrared was really fascinating – it looked almost like smoke signals. As dawn came and they took close shots of the nose of the orbiter, you could see the air wavering from the heat coming off her.
America’s future in space is uncertain. That’s the only darkness on this day. I just hope the next manned ship this country launches is the one that takes us beyond our own horizons. I want to see a geologist on Mars.
Make it so, America.
And for Atlantis, Challenger, Columbia, Endeavor, and Enterprise, the song that cycled through my mind as I watched the last of you land for the very last time:
Goodbye, old friends. I’ll miss you.