Thursday, September 20, 2012

Space Shuttle Endeavour Ellington Flyby. The End of An Era

My friend went to Ellington Field yesterday morning and took this vid. Pretty nice. I was actually in the general area and saw the plane/shuttle flying around circling the base. I took a couple of pictures, but none came out as nice as this.
I saw the very first Space Shuttle launch from my vantage point on the flying bridge of the USCGC Courageous. With the aid of the "big eyes" it looked like it was just across the street. Quite a sight which I really did not appreciate at the time. Now the era ends and I am a witness to both the beginning and ending so to speak. Somewhat humbling.

What is to become of NASA and our space program? I don't know but there are sure a lot of foreign spies hovering around the Clear Lake area of Houston. We must have something worthwhile in the works.


Jayhawk said...

I saw that combo in Tucson once, about 1984 or so. It han landed at Davis Monthan for fueling, and it flew over about a half block away from my house at an altitude of about 100 feet. It was awesome. Noisy too; really, really noisy.

Bartender Cabbie said...

It was an awesome program. I question whether putting it out to pasture is a good idea.