A fantastic advenure indeed. A big lump in my throat, but it's more joy than tears: the Shuttle has been an icon of the better part of my life, it's not easy yet to realize that this is the final lift-off.
+Robert Scoble I watched the first Man get launched into space on a black and white TV in my elementary school as a child - Now I'm watching the live video streaming to my computer in color of the last shuttle launch - thanks for taking an iconic shot -
Awesome photo Robert!! Wish I had been there. We are now going to become irrelevant, as our space dominance fades into history! If US politicians were men of vision, just imagine what could be accomplished!!!
How incredible a sight - and, frankly, it's not even a very good photo, more of a snapshot. But still, what an incredible moment captured, and how fascinating it must have been to be there, rather than here, in front of a mere monitor.
True devotion brings true emotion! A bitter sweet day as there will be 7,000 job losses in Brevard County, FL... and this on top of the already bad job numbers today. 9.2% Unemployment... so much for the recovery.
+Robert Scoble we were there (Kennedy) just last week with my 4 1/2 year old son who is of course enamored with rockets, planes, trains etc. It's a very special day for him and I'll be sure to share your awesome photo.
Ok frankly after a certain threshold the sharing.. become akin to spamming.. Seriously G+ needs a method for user to Click on a thread , pls dont display again.. Gosh.. 598 share.. guess what ..with us early adopters .. its like a mirage over and over again !! jus saying...rant over !!
I was also gifted with the opportunity to see a shuttle launch myself (STS-122 Atlantis http://www.flickr.com/photos/kydroon/2454999762/in/set-72157604815513091). It is VERY special! It gives this 'to-infinity-and-beyond' feeling. :-) You feel pride for mankind as a whole able to do this, so... on the composition... why did you put up the flag of the country that is happy to spend 1.2 trilion on war since 2001 and tries to cut costs on the shuttle programe?
That pic says it ALL!! We can't stop investing in exploration. The returns have been enormous . . . so much that we take for granted every day was born from our commitment to the space program. Without that field of innovation, our future will bleak.