Today, was an amazing day! I left work on my early lunch break, after being picked up by my mom and dad, to search for a good vantage point for watching the space shuttle do it's flyovers. My dad and I in the front seat, and my mom in the back, struggled to figure out where to go. A couple of idiots saying... turn here. Go down that street. What about here? Then... we'd inch closer to Universal Studios and try some more vantage points. Then we went down this street, then down an alley, and found a small park, with 1 lone gentleman sitting on the grass... waiting. We thought... ok... we either have the best seat in the valley, or we will have an uneventful day at the park. Either way - we waited.
Wouldn't you know, we had that amazing seat. By the time the shuttle flew over, another 50 or so people joined us in this small park, to watch it. At first, when we saw it flyover, we thought that was it, and people started to disperse after it disappeared. NOT US! We waited, and as people were already starting their car engines, I saw the sun flicker on the T-38 chase planes... and all of a sudden, we saw it. It was heading straight for us doing a loop, and coming back for an AMAZING flyover. I yelled, "It's coming back..." and you see the horde of onlookers return.
The attached picture, is NOT my picture. But it shows our vantage point. The only difference, is the shuttle was EXACTLY overhead. To the point where you couldn't see the shuttle itself, just the wingtips when it was over directly above our heads - which in itself - is an amazing sight.
But the most amazing thing. My dad... my dad spent his entire career working on that shuttle... and little did I know that one day, he and I would watch (with my mom) the last time the shuttle would ever fly. It was exciting... emotional... and in a way sad.
I hope you all know how important the space shuttle was, and how important the space program is - and that comes from someone who grew up with his dad being instrumental in it.