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Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened. -Dr. Seuss

7 Jul 2011, 15:50 UTC
Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.   -Dr. Seuss
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I had a really vivid dream about watching a shuttle launch last night. It was so vivid (and took place with my sisters at my parents' house as a bonus) that it woke me up, and I lay there for a few minutes thinking, "Man, that was a great dream."I grew up in Florida during the 1980s. The space shuttle plays a starring role in an enormous amount of my childhood memories.I remember the excitement of those early days. For kids like me, it was the dawn of spaceflight, period. We didn't remember Mercury or Gemini or Apollo. Those things were history book material. I surely understood and appreciated the magnitude of them, just like I understood the magnitude of the voyage of Columbus. But I have no personal experience with either.To me, seeing the shuttle actually do what they said it would do convinced me that spaceflight was about to become routine. I developed the obligatory crush on Bob Crippen; bizarre, since John Young was infinitely cuter. I delighted in the fact that during launches and landings, we were allowed to watch TV (TV!) in the classroom. I looked up at space and for the first time in my ...

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