Mar 10, 2011

Farewell to Discovery

Amber's taking a little break today so I wanted to share with you an event that I'm sure brought goosebumps to many, especially those living in or visiting Florida.

On Wednesday I was out in the backyard with the dogs for a quick ball-playing session.  At 11:53 AM I noticed our Jack Russell, Rusty, (you will meet him in another post of "Meet Da Pack") was starting to get nervous.  He always seems to sense impending doom, whether it comes in the form of a thunderstorm, rain, or anything else that he doesn't accept as "normal".  Sure enough, it came ...... the big sonic boom of the
Shuttle Discovery re-entering the atmosphere over Central Florida.  There were two rapid "booms" that could actually be felt on the ground.  After living here for 19 years, we've become used to the sonic booms of returning shuttles, but Wednesday's was different because it was like saying goodbye to an old friend.  It was the final flight of the Shuttle Discovery.  After the boom, we went into the house to watch the final landing of Discovery on television.


*****

The following video was taken from my front porch during the March 13, 2009, launch of Discovery.


*****
This video was one of the last night launches of Discovery on August 28, 2009.  This one was also taken from my front porch.

You will have to be a little patient with this video because you won't be able to see Discovery until about 26 seconds after the start of the video.


*****

Farewell, Discovery!
Thank you for 27 years of excellent service!

Goodbye Old Friend.

21 comments:

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Phantom and Ciara are both very happy we are far enough away that we couldn't hear those booms, but we do thank the many crews of Discovery for their time and work. You have some great video to remember Discovery.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Madi and Mom said...

OH MY STARS!!!
First of all I never thought about hearing the sonic boom that must be amazing, well not for the puppies!!

The number of miles the Discovery has flown blew my mind.
Thank you for sharing these beautiful videos...and we're all thankful for a safe mission and return.
Hugs Madi and Mom

Amber-Mae said...

That is just SO incredible to watch! I think my spotted sister would be traumatized forever if she ever felt or heard the boom. She already gets so stressed out when there's rain & thunderstorms!

Max the Quilt Cat said...

Yep... goosebumps.... we heard the booms too. I'm gonna miss it.

pawhugs, Max

Frankie Furter said...

YES... goosebumps and PRIDE... guess what... my dad's neice has touched the shuttle!! She works fur NASA. She even got dad's Brother in to watch it BLAST OFF once!!!
Sad that it is going to be retired.
John Glenn lives about 40 miles from here.. in New Concord, OH and Neil Armstrong still has a home in Ohio. PRIDE... Wright Brothers from here Too PRIDE

Our space program has brought us so many wonderful thingys to be
PROUD OF!!

Remington said...

That noise would have really scared me! Great post!

3 doxies said...

Oh good gravies, I is a dachshund so nuttin skeeres me!
But, I has to say dat would haves been da coolest thing to hears! Amamzing dat ya'll is so close to actually hears it re-enter...WOW!
Something we as Americans can be proud of...but, it's bittersweet knowing it was da last journey.

Puddles

Brian said...

That is so cool! My Dad has seen at least one of each of the space program series launches...yep, he's old!

Elyse and Riley said...

Awesome, awesome, awesome!! One of my dreams is to go to a shuttle launch or at least get to see the shuttle re-entering in person. Guess I need to come visit you in Florida for the next launch!! :) One of my good friends that works at NASA (my dad also works there) actually got to go to a shuttle launch in Florida last year...I was so jealous.

Elyse and Riley

Bobbi said...

Oh wow... I heard that this would be the final one. So sad. We were out there a few years ago and did tours and were saying 'wouldn't it be awesome to be here for a launch'. You must live very close? Love the area there, we had a great time. Thanks for sharing this post. I'm glad I found you.

Asta said...

Ambew,
You awe so lucky to be so new
( I hope the boom didn't scawe you)
It must be a vewy bittewsweet moment fow you. I will miss this wondewful mission too.
Twoo hewoes
smoochie kisses
ASTA

Jess and Glacier said...

What a cool experience.

Lorenza said...

A special moment to keep in your mind, right?
Take care
Kisses and hugs
Lorenza

Jazzi said...

AMAZING!! how cool!! I dont like big booms, so I would have been scared!! Goodbye Discovery!!

wags
Jazzi

thedreadpiratejack said...

I has sent my Popster a links to dis post him is a big space nut so I knows him will like dis as much as I did.

Luv
Richie
xx xx

Jan's Funny Farm said...

You've been there for pieces of history. We're not sure we'd be thrilled about the sonic booms but it sure did signal the safe return of the shuttle.

ForPetsSake said...

Wow - how very exciting to see history in the making! And also amazing is that your kiddo knew it was coming. Dogs are amazing creatures ;)

the booker man said...

hihi miss amber's mama!

how cool that you've gotten to see discovery takeoff 'n come in for landin' so many times! my mama still totally remembers watchin' columbia launch from kennedy space center on a vacation as a child. she says it was one of the coolest (and loudest!) thingies she's evarrr seen! i think i might have been a little wary 'n on the alerts like rusty was, though!

*woof*
the booker man

Mango said...

I am sad that the space program appears to be winding down. I watched the very first space shuttle landing at work and cried with joy when it touched down.

Mango Momma

Shin said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Sunshade said...

Thank you SO much for showing this. Mum and D-Guy were in Florida late October to early November last year. During the time they were there, a shuttle was supposed to launch and they were going to watch for the FIRST time. Unfortunately that was when a cold front moved in and it became very windy and rainy, so the shuttle didn't launch during their time there. "Sonic Boom" sounds so cooooool!

OH, and I think you mentioned about Rusty your JRT. If he tests negative for Cushing's, and yet he still shows Cushing's symptoms (excessive drinking, urination, insatiable appetite, etc), then you may have to test for Atypical Cushing's where the hormone cortisol is normal, but secondary hormones are elevated causing the same Cushingnoid symptoms. Treatment for it differs from regualr Cushing's.

Love nibbles,
Miss Sunshade