Monday, March 16, 2009

Did anyone else see the Shuttle Launch?

We had a clear night in Jacksonville, with almost unlimited visibility. Right after Houston made the control call, I went outside and looked South East and saw the familiar flaming chariot make its way to the Northeast. Almost immediately, I could see the two boosters slowly tumbling their way seaward.

Great show.

Hit the hot tub with some champagne, and I think I could see the space station overhead, going in a parallel course towards Europe. I will verify on the NASA viewable objects site.

Has anyone seen this; Obama Signs Law Banning Federal Embryo Research Two Days After Signing Executive Order to OK It

Is this a hoax? There are many ill people who were relying on the Government to pay for private research for Stem Cell therapy. Can the Administration be this ill informed? Is there anybody at the helm of our government?

(Personal note: I don't have a dog in that fight, but I note the irony of last week's public rescinding of the last administration's ban on Federal Funding for Stem Cell Research.) Actually, I am hoping that private University level research is ultimately successful with Stem Cells, since I have close family that have Juvenile diabetes and other disorders. I'm of the mind that the Government is so freaking inefficient that nothing of note will ever be accomplished, at great cost.

Look at the V.A. Medical system.


The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Hah! Verified. The International Space Station whizzed by at 2020, Sunday. I spotted it! The ISS was like a large airplane, moving way too fast without the sonic boom or rumble. It wasn't too high in the sky, but it was bigger than the normal airliner. Having the sun an hour to the west certainly helped on the white skin reflecting light.

Good thing we had champagne!

1 comment:

Buck said...

I saw the Shuttle on teevee... does that count? :D

I have seen a Thor-Whatever go up from Canaveral, tho. Not QUITE as impressive as a shuttle launch, but impressive, none the less. And then there were all those Minutemen, Titans, and Atlases I watched lift off from my three years at Vandenberg, back in the day. Also impressive.