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Watching the Launch

gnomi and I were on the phone together as we watched the shuttle launch. She had the NASA feed on her computer at work, I was watching on CNN.

We both held our breath at "Go with throttle up." I'm sure we weren't the only ones.

Of course, now we have a new thing to worry about, when the shuttle finally returns to Earth. But I'm not going to think about that right now...

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Yeah, I cried when it went up--we're back at last. Still watching NASA TV's bitstream.
Launches are one of those times when I am proud to be a part of a country that can do such miraculous things.
THAT WAS AWESOME
Yeah, every time I hear the phrase "you are go for throttle-up", part of me cringes.
In case you missed it, they're going to do massive inspections of the shuttle send the images down to the ground, and make SURE everything's okay before they bring her home. There was even a change in maneuvering so they could monitor the external tank sep and it falling away from the cockpit. I give them major credit. They're taking no chances.

And you weren't the only one. I was actually shaking while I watched it. :)
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