I just saw the space shuttle Endeavor being flown over Silicon Valley headed south from what used to be called Moffett Field. It was a great moment for me. I remember the beautiful posters my then-young boys had hanging in their bedrooms of the brand-new space shuttle, our family visit to Cape Canaveral, and my son’s visit to Space Camp. I still remember what it felt like to be in the zero-gravity simulation chair and the space shuttle mock-up they got to explore. Awe-inspiring.

And I remember where I was and the shock and the feeling in the pit of my stomach when I learned of both shuttle disasters. How tragic and surreal it felt. One moment the shuttles and their crews were soaring in all their magnificence, and the next they were gone.

Now, to see the final chapter so many years later with my grown daughter was a special event for me.


About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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10 Responses to Endeavor

  1. billgncs says:

    my dad and I visited Cape Canaveral and some of those early space capsules were sardine cans! Excuse my language but those astronauts must have had balls of steel ( or some other hard lightweight metallic alloy ) to get strapped on top of those gigantic tanks of explosives.

    I think the space program made us exporters of technology and fostered an idea of adventure, inventiveness and accomplishment that has been sadly lost. The space program was the seed that inspired a whole generation.

    • russtowne says:

      Yes the courage of all astronauts and cosmonauts was and still is incredible. JFK’s audacious challenge to have man walk on the moon within a decade was a wonderful catalyst and inspiration throughout the world.

  2. Cathy Ulrich says:

    What a sight that must have been, Russ. It makes me sad sometimes to realize that this chapter is over.

  3. Elyse says:

    I got to see Endeavor when it flew over DC. It was great. Glad you got to see it too, Russ.

  4. artsifrtsy says:

    I have followed the space program my whole life and it’s sad to see this chapter end. I was living in Ohio when John Glen took a ride on the shuttle. After the flight he came to address the Ohio Legistlature and I got a chance to have him autograph the 45 RMP recording I have of his first space flight.

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