Yikes! I just jumped a foot off my chair. Space Shuttle Main Engine test. The noise of it rumbles across the valley, shaking windows. First thought was that it was an earthquake, but then I recognized it. I went outside to look at the smoke. Most of the time, the tests are small and short, but this was a loud, long one. Very neat.
I grew up knowing all about the space program. My father is a big-wig with NASA. Space is in my blood. I cried when I saw a shuttle launch in person, I cried when they launched in the movie Apollo 13
. The wonder of space travel, our triumphs, our audacity to try -- it gets me every time. While I was momentarily startled, I feel privilaged to know first-hand that we're still trying. Current Mood: impressed