Thursday, August 20, 2009

Come fly with me

At capcom in Misson Control

I had the amazing opportunity a couple of weeks ago to go on a personal tour with astronaut Jerry Ross to a few key hotspots here at JSC. We toured the shuttle and international space station mockups, the Apollo and current mission control centers and the shuttle motion base.

It is astounding to see how our astronauts live and work in low orbit. As impetuous as it may sound, the shuttle controls and compartments looked archaic. Startrek expectations aside, this faithful old-timer appears even in its ersatz form ready to retire. So I have no qualms about bidding farewell to our three mammoth starships Atlantis, Discovery and Endeavor. But of course, not without paying considerable tribute. Here’s to 127 flights and counting!

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