Thursday, July 16, 2009

Watching Space Shuttle Endeavor from Aran Islands - Ireland

Saw this great story on the Friends of Ireland Group on Linkedin that I belong to:

And for generations of Irish, gazing out past the Aran Islands, westwards across the atlantic, became their vigil of hope and optimism. Last night did not disapoint!
Last night, July 15, my son David and I watched in awe as the space shuttle Endeavour passed over our house at 11.23pm, Irish time, just 20 minutes flying time from Florida to Galway Bay! Now that's the way to travel. Suddenly there it was, a brilliant bright star, hurtling along, huge really, and closely paralleled by the glowing orange fuel tank, they appeared together over the Aran Islands, rocketing eastwards towards us across a cloudless pool of midnight blue sky, a comet among stars, breath-taking! And we think we saw them jettison the boosters just after it passed us, fireworks as we turned to follow its flight path eastwards towards Dublin. What Timing! Oh boy, Endeavour was really shifting as it crossed from horizon to horizon. In just about 2 minutes flat it was gone, leaving us both open-mouthed, stunned, privileged. Whooooey!!! You had to be there! Just the two of us, dad and 10 year-old son, on our little rock out on the bog in Barna, in the silent pitch-dark night - star-gazing! Priceless!

Thank you America. Good luck Endeavour.

Brian Nolan

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