“Bird’s eye view of this morning’s space shuttle traffic jam.”
It was an amazing sight to see the launch, to see it breaking the tree line and taking to the sky, flying through the clouds and going up into orbit.– Robb Mackinson at today’s shuttle launch • Mackinson, of Sunset Hills, is vacationing in Florida with his family. They stopped at the Space Center visitors complex to watch the launch.
Taking the pulse of history • Rose Church was McDonnell Aircraft’s aerospace nurse. Her keepsake 1960s-era McDonnell Aircraft promotional booklet reflects the first chapter of America’s starry rendezvous and the huge role St. Louis played in NASA’s lofty ambitions. Church, 89, was one of thousands of St. Louisans who helped write the first chapter in putting astronauts into space. The survivors among them surely join Church in reminiscing today as NASA closes the latest chapter with the launching of Atlantis in the last mission of the space shuttle program.
It wasn’t much to look at, but I will never be that close to the moon again!– U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan • The U.S. Attorney’s office said Thursday it had recovered stolen moon dust at a St. Louis auction house. The dust came from the film canister used by astronauts on the Apollo 11 mission and was believed to have been transferred to a one-inch piece of tape, then stolen by a NASA employee.
It’s a little cloudy and rainy here in St. Louis, but the moon was big and bright tonight in D.C.