Maybe here in Florida we are a bit more aware only because of the location of Kennedy Space Center.
I'm pretty sure there were no breaking news reports on regular TV when they came home. We save those for celebrities who screw up and issue an apology we don't really want to hear anyway. (Sorry...just couldn't help that one:-)
I do think it is sad that there is not more coverage of the space shuttle unless there is a tragedy.
It is nothing short of a miracle that these 6 astronauts just traveled 5.7 million miles and installed a new space station room that will serve many purposes and has sweeping windows for those living on it to literally have a window to the world.
There are only 4 space shuttle flights left, which means I have 4 chances to take my girls over to see a launch.
Watching the space shuttle soar off into a clear sky is thrilling every single time.
What is also very cool is they way they announce that they're home.
Last night at about 10:10 p.m, our house shook with 2 sonic booms. I mean...they were LOUD!!! It was as if someone plowed into the house. We've heard it before but this time was spectacular and we knew it was those astronauts telling us they're coming home.
Why am I writing about this today when I have emails to answer and blogs to visit? Maybe because while I knew they were in space...I forgot about them. Like everyone else, I was curled up on my couch last night watching the Olympics, cheering for Bode Miller to win the men's skiing. (which he did...yay Bode!:-)
Until those two loud booms made me jump out of my skin.
Then I remembered...the space shuttle Endeavour was coming home tonight!
(In case you're wondering, a sonic boom is caused when the aircraft is traveling faster than the speed of sound and this is when they enter the earth's atmosphere.) Or something like that...can't believe I just gave a mini science lesson:-)
Anyway, their flight path took them over Central America, the edge of Cuba, the Gulf of Mexico and they entered Florida over the Naples area...
and let us know in a big way that they were going to be touching down in 10 minutes. Absolutely amazing!!!
So to our 6 astronauts...
There are people who make things happen, there are people who watch things happen, and there are people who wonder what happened. To be successful, you need to be a person who makes things happen.
James A. Lovell Apollo 13