Astronaut Carl Walz and Tapasya display her winning pennant design near the launch pad and space shuttle Endeavour. Image Credit: Rama DasTapasya has a way with words.
Tapasya had an excellent spot for watching the STS-118 launch. Image Credit: Rama Das
Thank you for the wonderful tour of the NASA facilities at KSC, and the opportunity to watch the launch of Endeavour. The experience of actually visiting the orbiter processing facility and the payload processing facility was very fascinating. I was awed by seeing the Atlantis being prepared for the next launch and especially getting to hear more details and actually touching the sample tiles. The payload processing facility opened up an entire world of possibilities that have been made feasible by cooperation between so many nations. It was really inspiring to imagine the future of space travel by hearing about the Constellation program.
The night-time tour was a spectacle to be experienced. The dazzling lights and the spotlighted Endeavour was a post-card picture beyond imagination. The shuttle launch experience, itself, was breath-taking in its intensity. The space shuttle sitting across the water from us surrounded by millions of pounds of rocket fuel, exhaling fumes, visibly impatient to defy gravity, touched the core of my being. The roar that followed seconds after the launch and the deep vibration is something I will never be able to forget. The experience of watching history being written as the first teacher in space made her trip was awesome. I felt extremely lucky to be present at that moment and a thrill ran though me as I realized that I had been blessed to have my pennant design accepted and flown into space.
For this wonderful event in my young life, I must thank the entire staff at NASA and AOL for making it a possibility. ...
Seeing the launch in real life was a lot better than seeing it on TV! I loved it! So as you can tell I thoroughly enjoyed my time at NASA!
Thanks for the special treat!