Final liftoff

Congratulations, Atlantis, on a flawless final liftoff!

You can watch a beautiful 2:33 minute video of it on the NASA Multimedia page, which WordPress will unfortunately not allow me to embed. Be sure to view it in full screen.

My favorite part: one second before liftoff, the moment when the solid fuel rocket boosters ignite. Prior to that, only the shuttle’s main engines are firing, and all of the exhaust is going to the left side of the launch pad. With the ignition of the rocket boosters, a huge plume of exhaust goes shooting off to the right, and one second after that the shuttle rises from the launch pad.

It’s hard to believe we’ll never see that again. I can only hope that someday, in the not too distant future, we will be able to watch something even more impressive. The future of humanity is in the stars; we must not stop our explorations.


About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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3 Responses to Final liftoff

  1. M. says:

    Safe journey Atlantis!

    I am sorry, but I’ve remebered the most the countdown clock stopping briefly 31 seconds before the launch šŸ˜‰

    • oregon expat says:

      All that power and impressiveness and you mostly remember a routine visual confirmation of the retraction of some equipment? Obviously you must go back and watch that video. šŸ˜‰

  2. xenatuba says:

    I’m with you; I hope that our future holds something as spectacular for space exploration. I remember as a kid being awakened and driven over to friends of my parents to watch Mercury liftoff (we didn’t have a TV then). I love the launch and return processes.

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