And we had liftoff…

So it’s been exactly ten years since I experienced my first (and only) Space Shuttle launch.

Recounted on this day in history:

Ten years ago: Senator John Glenn, at age 77, roared back into space aboard the shuttle Discovery, retracing the trail he’d blazed for America’s astronauts 36 years earlier.

That was an amazing, inspiring sight.  I happened to be in Orlando for a SANS conference that week and so I called “Gator Tours” in the phone book and set up a bus ride out to the space coast.

shuttle-ticketA truly memorable experience.  Now I did take my camera and somewhere I have some nice “far away” photos I can share, but these NASA images below truly do the launch justice:

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