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This morning at exactly t-minus 30 seconds (or so) and counting, I called my mom (in Florida):

Me:         Morning, Dad!  Is Mom there? Tell her to get on the phone and to hurry up!

Dad:       Goooooood Morning, Sunshine!  She’s right here, hold on. 

Dad:       [Yelling]  Iris!  It’s your oldest daughter!  She said hurry up!

Mom:      I’m here, what’s the hurry?  I don’t move that fast any more.  I’m OLD!

Me:         Hurry up!  Go out back, now!

Mom:     Ok. Ok.  I’m going.  Why am I going? 

Me:       Just count down  …  10 – 9 – 8

Mom:    Ok. Ok.  7 – 6 – 5 – 4

Together:  3 – 2 – 1 – Liftoff!

Mom:    What are we launching today?

Me:        Keep looking East and let me know when you see the rocket.

Mom:     Ok.  What is the launch for again?  Is this the one for the Mars’ explorer?

Me:        Yep.  Its the “Curiosity.” 

Mom:     Ok.  Here we go.  Its kind of cloudy, but I can see the vapor trail. No sonic boom though. 

Me:        It looked good on TV, too.

Mom:     I’ll call you later, I’m in the middle of making your dad his oatmeal.

Mom and I have been known to get up at 3:00 a.m. and head out to the backyard to see a launch from Cape Canaveral.  Its just something we do. 

Mars Science Laboratory Clears the Tower
Mars Science Laboratory Clears the Tower; Credit NASA/Bill White

Next Launch from Florida:

Date:January (U/R)
Mission: SpaceX
Launch Vehicle: Falcon 9/Dragon
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
Launch Pad: Space Launch Complex 40
Description: NASA is working with SpaceX to combine its last two demonstration flights. If approved, the Falcon 9 rocket would launch the Dragon capsule to the International Space Station for a docking.

4 thoughts on “HURRY UP! ITS A GO!

  1. I think that NASA and our government is making a huge, HUGE mistake by leaving the space program. I’m glad that we still have this at least.


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