The Orion Launch – And My Need for Space

Did you see Orion launch yesterday?

I was nearly crying. I’ve lived about 45 minutes from the Space Coast for most of my life, and the space program has become part of me.

When I was in elementary school, we would go outside and watch every single shuttle launch. I remember when John Glenn went back up into space. The line from the old, glory days of the space program repeated, “Godspeed John Glenn”.

We had no idea what it meant at eight years old, but it sounded powerful.

When I was in the hospital for psychiatric illness the first time, we were allowed to go outside in the backyard of the psych unit, a tall, cinder block fence separating us from the rest of the world. In that deep depression, my eyes lighted up.

In high school, we watched Columbia disintegrate in the skies as we stood on the football field.

The shuttle has been since retired, and with that, a part of Central Florida (and a lot of jobs) is now missing.

To see Orion launch at Kennedy Space Center yesterday, that was terrific.

NASA, Space, Astronomy — it will always be a very happy part of my life. It was awesome to see Orion so successful yesterday.

Can’t wait to see what’s next.

PS- our area code, 321, was inspired by the space program. Can you guess why? 


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