Sunday, 10 July 2011
NASA managers look on from Firing Room Four of the Launch Control Center as space shuttle Atlantis lifts off from Launch Pad 39A on Friday, July 8, 2011, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The launch of Atlantis is the final flight of the Space Shuttle Program.
Having grown up in Florida, we watched the rockets blast off as they made their way to the moon. It was an ambition of many to grow up to be an astronaut. Recently when I visited Kennedy Space Center with my son, a scientist, we saw the Apollo 11 space craft, the Saturn V rocket and were amazed at the engineering and physics that went into it. My son couldn't believe they went to the moon without a calculator and computer.
NASA and space exploration has fed our imaginations, our culture, research into science, design and technology. I look forward to the watching and reading about the next adventures.