Way Back When-sday-Endeavour Shuttle Launch

In 2001, our family had the pleasure of watching a shuttle launch. We had been staying in Melbourne, Florida, which is very close to the Kennedy Space Center.

I made a mental note, at the time, that the name of the shuttle was Endeavour, and it was carrying a Canadian made, robotic arm for the International Space Station. For once, my mental note was correct! You can read about it here.

We parked on the side of the road, where many other shuttle watchers had gathered, and waited. I’m sure we didn’t wait that long, but I’m sure the kids thought it was a sweet forever.

While waiting, The Boy and I chatted with a woman that we knew from the University of Michigan Hospital! She was one of the “Play Ladies” (as our kids called them) in the Hematology/Oncology clinic where The Boy had spent many an hour having infusions. She remembered us too!

Now those who know me well could tell you that it is not unusual for me to run into people that I know. But at a shuttle launch? On the side of the road? In Florida? That is unusual, even for me!!

IMG_0003 (3)

IMG (10)

We were just watching at this point.

IMG_0001 (4)

Then, all of the sudden, there was a super loud BOOM! We were hearing it from then on as well!

IMG_0002 (4)

It was a wonderful thing to witness! It remains a sparkling memory in the museum of my recollections.


  1. Laurie said,

    April 6, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    I agree, it is an awesome event. Hank and I were visiting friends in Florida a few years ago and got to watch a liftoff. Our day looked every bit as clear and beautiful as yours — and our memories will always linger as well.

  2. April 6, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    My husband grew up down there. He was actually working at Kennedy Space Center when the shuttle blew up.way, That’s a day I’ll never forget. AnyI’d love to see a shuttle launch in person.

    Great memories.

  3. Marlene said,

    April 6, 2011 at 4:23 PM

    What cool pictures. I saw one launced from New Smyrna Beach one time, but it was not that close. What a great memory.

  4. Marlene said,

    April 6, 2011 at 4:24 PM

    launcHed. I need spell-check!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: