|Missy's exact words to me, lol!|
I was crying before the scrub announcement came. I was sitting on a NASA bus out on the causeway, staring out the window at that rocket and I started crying like there was no tomorrow. I was crying because I was thinking about the last time I had the chance to see a launch, with my sisters at my side. I was missing them and thinking how much I wanted them to be there to see this, be a part of this. Because the truth is, the things we are passionate about are made so much better when we have people, people we love, to share them with.
|So close! Photo Credit: AlloyCode|
I knew going into this experience the first time around that it was going to be pretty amazing. Like hanging off the side of a tall ship, fishing net in hand, beating at an ocean full of bioluminescence just so I can watch the reflection of the Milky Way turn neon blue. Or like the time I climbed a cliff to watch the midnight sun dip down in the sky, kiss Vättern and swing back up. Yeah, that kind of amazing.
Most of the time the things that amaze me are the things I have to work the hardest to get to. But then there are those things that just fall in your lap, things other people came together to create and invited you along to witness. This was one of those things.
|Orion Model and EFT-1 Launch Abort System, Photo Credit: AlloyCode|
I found myself walking around NASA's Kennedy Space Center taking a journey through the minds of many. Oh, what beautiful minds! I've always had a thing for NASA, their "let's do this, we're gonna figure out a way" attitude about things.
|Gioia Massa speaks about Veggie|
For me, my love for all things space started at a space themed Girl Scout camp-- Troop Trek!-- where someone took the time to point their telescope upwards and invited me over to take a look. I remember thinking the moon was the most beautiful, ugly thing I'd ever seen. But now that I'd seen it that way, I wanted to see it that way all the time. I was hooked.
|Launch Pad 39A, where Apollo, the Space Shuttle and now SpaceX will carry men and women into orbit.|
|University Research-1 students|
|NASA saved a place for me in space!|
|Where I left her.|
The next launch attempt is scheduled for tomorrow, 4/18 at 3:25 p.m. EDT with a backup date of 4/19 at 3:02 p.m. We can watch it together on NASA TV: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/
And when you're done watching the launch, come back and read more about all the awesome payloads, and then a bit about my personal experience (it really was the stuff of dreams, y'all) that I'm going to share here.
|I know, right!|