STS-131 Launch, 1 Year Ago Today

One year ago today, I had one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I watched the launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery on the STS-131. It was truly amazing, not only because of experiencing the launch, but also because it’s set me down a path of space exploration that I’ve been on for the past year.

I’m not going to rehash the experience again, just link to my previous writings on the subject:

https://jotulloch.wordpress.com/2010/05/25/sts-131-launch/

https://jotulloch.wordpress.com/2010/12/03/reverb10-december-3-moment/

Today, the world is different. Discovery has has her last flight on the STS-133 mission. There are only two space shuttle missions left, SpaceX has announced the Falcon Heavy rocket, which might just revolutionize the space industry, and the russians have raised their Soyuz seat prices by 200%.

Who knows what is going to happen in the next few months and years when it comes to space. I’m confident that good will come of these changes, but it’s still a tough time in space travel…

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