If all goes well today (and please, God, let it all go well today), at 3:51 PM EDT the space shuttle Discovery will launch, returning Americans to space after over two years of being grounded since the Columbia tragedy. I remember watching in 1989 when Discovery returned us to space after the Challenger tragedy. I was in college at the time, and I saw the launch on a television set in the Science Center, if I recall correctly. If I can, I'll be watching again today.
Good luck and Godspeed to Commander Eileen Collins Pilot James Kelly Mission Specialist Charles Camarda Mission Specialist Wendy Lawrence Mission Specialist Soichi Noguchi Mission Specialist Steve Robinson Mission Specialist Andy Thomas
Take us back to where we belong...and then please return safely home.