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25 Years Since The First Shuttle Launch  
User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 12
Posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2588 times:

I'm a few days late (I was on vacation and just forgot it) but April 12th was the 25th anniversary of the first shuttle launch. As with Challenger I remember exactly where I was that day and wondered about you all as well.

I was there on the 10th sitting right in front of the VAB with some family friends who had been given a car pass by my dad. On the 12th when it actually took off I was across the river since we couldn't get over to the Cape. It seems just like yesterday to me. Hopefully we can get the space program back in gear as it has floundered a fair amount in the last few years.

"If you can't delight in the misery of others then you don't deserve to be a college football fan."
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User currently offlineFalcon84 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2583 times:

I remember it. I was a Freshman in college. It was a big boost to the nation, coming so soon after President Reagan survived an assassination attempt.

I remember ABC News Anchor Frank Reynolds literally willing that ship into orbit.

It did not have the grandeur of the Saturn V, but it was incredble seeing that funny-looking, airplane-like thing get into space.  Smile

User currently offlineBobster2 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2574 times:

I thought the landing was scariest part. It glides like a brick and there's no way to miss the approach and survive.

User currently offlineAGM100 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 5407 posts, RR: 16
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2571 times:

Thanks Delta, It was a astonishing event!! My teacher brought a TV into the class room and we watched it live. At the time I didnt really grasp the enormity of the project , but now I really appreciate having seen it.

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