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Liftoff!

 

Welcome to my blog!  I will use this space to post my thoughts on technology, pharma, and anything else that comes to mind.  Please feel free to comment on this post as well as future ones.

Today was the final launch of Discovery.  I have never been to a shuttle launch, but I felt a part of the action today thanks to SpaceFlight Now's live coverage.  People may have become used to Shuttle launches, but think about - we've developed a reusable peace of technology that's been active for over 40 years.  That's pretty amazing.  There has been human loss, but considering the amount of shuttle launches performed by NASA, it has been a successful use of technology.

The closest that I've been to a shuttle was the Enterprise at the National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.  If you haven't been and you have any positive thoughts about planes, I would strongly recommend that you visit.  In addition to the Enterprise, they also have a Concorde, the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, and the Enola Gay.  I spent a day after a business trip in Reston, VA walking around the facility and came away impressed with the collection.

Some day I'll make it to a shuttle launch!