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The Shuttle!

by Prince Of Petworth April 17, 2012 at 11:15 am 29 Comments


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So cool! Anyone else get a good view this morning?


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  • SF

    I was heading south on the BW parkway, thinking I had missed it, and suddenly it passed over. Absolutely visible from Maryland, maybe it buzzed Goddard Space Flight Center? Amazing. Emotional, actually. Thanks to the folks who set up the victory lap!

  • Two flyovers over Petworth! What a sight to walk out on my back deck and see that flying low over Grant Circle!

    • Krssy

      I was near Washington Hospital Center when I saw it flying over Petworth. I called my friends who are in from Wisconsin and screamed into the phone “The shuttle just flew over the house!” And my buddy says, “Oh, I thought I heard a plane flying over.”

  • schweeney

    I saw it from Malcolm X Park and found myself getting a tear in my eye. So odd.

  • I was standing on the mall. So exciting. Also interesting that people parked their cars and got out on the 14th St. bridge to watch.

    • I saw a newsclip on CNN that indicate that there were several accidents around the city due to “distracted” drivers. Seriously, that was a shocking thing to see in the sky, especially if you weren’t expecting or looking for it.

      • Interesting. Traffic was pretty much stopped everywhere. GW Parkway was a complete parking lot by the airport.

      • Interesting. Traffic was pretty much stopped everywhere. GW Parkway was a complete parking lot by the airport. Must have been cool to see it from your house.

    • Fairyfree

      Me too! About ten colleagues and I watched it fly overhead four times. Was pretty cool to see, and you could see it well since it was so low-flying. Another nice thing about living in the nation’s capital.

  • PG

    I missed it. :(

    • Caroline

      Me too. It flew right over my building but I was in a meeting in a windowless conference room.

      • Ditto, except that I was in my windowless office. My building has a perfect roof deck where I could’ve seen it, too. Booooooo

  • I hope this excitement helps bring back the space program.

    • j

      I don’t think you’re comment quite supports the B/C ratio.

  • I watched from the top of Meridian Hill Park – got there just in time for the first flyover. Very cool that it flew over three times – also surprisingly moving.

  • Anonymous

    Seeing it reminds me how mad at our idiotic congress and president we should all be, for the way they’ve stifled our space program by cutting funding, making it a shadow of what it once was. I don’t think I’ve ever been more disappointed in our government.

    • Anonymous

      Let’s not go here. It was a beautiful moment – please leave your personal politics out of it. K thanx!

    • ich

      I’m just curious to know if NASA will be able to make the same kind of progress it has for our country. Pretty much every cool, useful, important development in the last few decades? Yep, NASA did that. We all benefit in myriad ways from the space program every day. I hardly count that comment as inflammatory — it’s a fact that our space program has been cut and that’s part of the reason that this flight was so meaningful. It’s bittersweet and terribly sad.

      • Anonymous

        Very well put. If you take into consideration the return on investment long term, NASA’s budget is a drop in the bucket compared to the idiotic things that boatloads of money are being spent on. It saddens me that so many Americans seem to be content to let all that future innovation go to countries such as China, all just to get a few more dollars back on their tax returns.

      • j

        “Pretty much every cool, useful, important development in the last few decades”

        Huh?

    • saf

      I agree. Single stage to orbit NOW!

  • PG

    The last picture needs a caption contest.

  • Anonymous

    it is bittersweet. I think its because it such an important part of a certain generation ( mine, I am 38) and we remember what a big deal it was when the first shuttle launched in the 80s and then when one blew up. Our parents had the moon landing and we had this.

    • saf

      I’m 46, and the spouse is 48. We both remember the moon landing, although we were too young to remember the Mercury program. We were also shuttle-obsessed teenagers.

      Today was beautiful, and very melancholy. A funeral for a beloved friend who has lived well.

  • Dan

    Got to see all flyovers at Cardoza High. Really cool and tons of people there. Sorry for the ones who got there too late and missed out. Great photos, hell of a lot better than my cell phone captured.

  • Hard to believe you didn’t include my shot… http://bit.ly/HOuHNn

    • molly

      WHAT?! I can’t believe that! it’s an awesome shot.

  • louisatim

    flew over the Woodner on 16th St. Was on my balcony on 10th floor -got an amazing view-what a site!!!

  • Jim

    The shuttle nobly flew by all of the people that took the program out back and shot it like old yeller. Should have flipped the bird.

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