Thursday, December 8, 2016

Remembering John Glenn.

Taking a break from writing in list form for this post. I found out today that John Glenn died at the age of 95. He was the first American to orbit the earth in Friendship 7, and he served as a Senator from Ohio for nearly 25 years. However, what I most remember him for is his second space mission. On October 29th, 1998, (a day I still remember,) Glenn and 6 other crewmenbers lifted off aboard the space shuttle Discovery. Of all places, I happened to be in the library of my high school watching this. It was my first space mission, (but it definitely wasn't my last!) I watched many more until the shuttle program ended, both on TV, and with the aid of NASA's internet stream. I had the good fortune to attend space camp in 1999, (11 months after the 1998 mission that peaked my interest.) Not only that but for my sophomore year in high school, I wrote a research paper, and did an oral book review of "I Touch the Future: the Story of Christa McAuliffe. I have to credit my high school English teacher, Patricia Sperry, for the inspiration for that one, and actually it wouldn't have started without me asking her a question in class one day. That was most likely brought on by several TV shows that were going on at the time. Anyway, how I learned about Challenger is probably irrelevant to what I'm supposed to be writing about. How I finish this post is to say that my interest in spaceflight hasn't yet waned, although the shuttle program has long since ended. I will probably never have the good fortune to pay SpaceX or Virgin Galactic enough money to ride on one of their private spacecraft. Although if I ever do get to save up $100000, (because they say that's what the price will be in about 20-30 years or so,) then I'll sign whatever legal waiver they make me sign to take the trip!

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