The second to last launch of a space shuttle happened today. It's near the end of an era and the geek in me is sad. Not because the shuttle's are going away, but because I fear we won't see their replacements for a long time. Space exploration used to inspire, and it still can, but what will it say to our children when we no longer take risks to do big things?
The shuttle launch also led me down memory lane to the time we were in Florida when a shuttle launched. I don't remember if we were completely surprised by it or not, but I know we ended up on a beach since we couldn't go to Kennedy Space Station due to the shuttle launch. Regardless of the circumstances, the fact that I got to see a shuttle launch from the edge of the Atlantic ocean is a childhood memory I will always cherish.