Spacing Out About the Shuttle

There are a number of things I wouldn’t trade about living in Florida, and the ability to pull over to the side of the road and join the great unwashed, and their dogs, watch the space shuttle take off is surely one of them. Why does this site bring a lump to my throat? Why does the crowd assembled at the boat ramp, some in uniform but most in shorts and fishing motif t-shirts, break into applause as the first booster drops off? Why is the white trail (only one this time but you never forget) that lingers and lingers and turns wavy with the wind so damn cool?


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