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Photo-of-the-Day / 2012-04-13 / Launch of Endeavor

April 14, 2012

10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1…….LIFT OFF – FINALLY!

There were five failed attempts to launch the Space Shuttle Endeavor (STS-127) before the sixth and final attempt was successful –  July 15, 2009, at 6:03 PM.  I was fortunate to have the opportunity to personally witness the launch and it was an experience that I will never forget.

Months before that July day, I had made plans to escort some of our Danish cousins on their whilrwind tour of the United States.  The itinerary included a quick trip to Florida to basically experience The Magic of Disney!  Little did we know that we would also experience The Magic of NASA!  

Needless to say, it came as quite a surprise when I learned that we would be in Florida  during the scheduled launch of Endeavor.  And not only would I have the opportunity to personally witness history in the making, but so would those same Danish cousins who were traveling with me.  Needless to say we quickly adjusted the itinerary to include a trip to the Atlantic Coast.  I was determined that they were going to experience something very few Danes ever would.  

We drove from Orlando to Titusville and experienced not one, but two failed launch attempts.  And then FINALLY, on our third trip to Titusville (which was to be our last because we had to return to Michigan the next day), we were rewarded for our patience and perseverance. 

When the countdown started, we got our cameras ready.  We held our breath.  We kept looking to the darkening western skies.  And then came the long awaited public announcement:

10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 – LIFT OFF! 

It was indeed the experience of a lifetime!

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