Hey Space Placers!
Tuesday night, 3-8-11, Space Shuttle Discovery will be flying over the Washington, D.C. area at 7:23 PM with the International Space Station (ISS) flying over at 7:24 PM. This will be our LAST opportunity to see Discovery in orbit so please, please make an effort to see her.
I went out tonight and was able to see the two spacecraft fly over low on the horizon in and out of clouds. It was not as good a flyby as Tuesday night as the two will pass nearly overhead. I have to tell you I was SO EXCITED to see 12 humans, 1 robonaut and over 1 million pounds of beautiful spacecraft fly over. I waved and toasted the crews. I hope to get a picture tomorrow night - couldn't do it tonight as there was way too much light pollution. I will never forget the sight though - it was incredible.
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This was one of those lifelong observing memories Space Placers. Next time I see Discovery she will be in a museum.
Oh, almost forgot in the excitement of tonight - William Shatner, aka Captain James T. Kirk, USS Enterprise (Star Trek of 60's fame) woke up the 12 astronauts doing his famous monologue introduction that started each episode, complete with the accompanying music. Check it out - gave me more goose bumps on top of those I already had:
Sky Guy in VA (with goosebumps!!)