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Welcome Discovery!

Last week I visited Washington D.C, Virgina, and Maryland to help welcome the Space Shuttle Discovery to the National Air & Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center at Dulles Airport.  While I only worked on the Space Shuttle Program for six months during my career, I did work in the Space Station Engineering Back Room for many many years in which we worked all of the Space Shuttle missions visiting the Space Station.  My love of the Space Shuttle comes from my childhood.  She inspired me to greatness.  To become an astronautical engineer, to work at NASA, to make a difference in the world.  Of course, as a child I had dreamed of flying her.

I had a wonderful experience seeing the two sisters (Enterprise and Discovery) meet for the very first time.  Enterprise gleaming white and Discovery showing the stuff she is made of after 39 flights into Low Earth Orbit.

As I met up with friends throughout the day and we snapped pictures as if we would never see her (Discovery) outside again.  This is one of my personal favorites.

I was impressed with the crowd, everyone taking pictures and wanting to get as close to her as possible.  But, I was disappointed.  I thought there would be more people.  It was a Thursday.  And a school day.  Maybe that kept people away.  In reality, it meant we all got to spend a little more time with our girl before she settled in for her first night in the museum.

And all of us took our pictures, oohed and aawed, and thought about the next generation of dreams to come true.

To see my full set of pictures please visit Flickr.

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