Space shuttle Endeavour's STS-126 mission began Nov. 14, 2008 with an on-time liftoff at 7:55 p.m. EST.
I live in Land O'Lakes, Florida, and this is the second time I've been able to see the shuttle when it launched. There is something so exciting about watching the shuttle fly through the sky when you are not looking at it on TV, but seeing it with your own eyes. Certainly makes a commentary of personal experience rather than simulated visualization. There were a group of us, waiting with our cocktails, standing outside in the warm night air, waiting, waiting, and then, there it was, this huge red glow and everyone shouted, "Look, look, there it is!" It flew through the sky, climbing right toward the full moon that brilliantly lit up the sky. When it reached the area where the moon was gleaming, it disappeared into the light.
There is something within the hearts of human beings that makes them so proud, so excited, so amazed at their own abilities and accomplishments. How is it possible that we, meager humans that we are, could have possibly lit up the night sky with this red glow of flames bursting into the darkness, setting aglow all the hopes and dreams of our hearts.
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