Watching History In the Making! Final Space Shuttle Mission!

My boys love anything space related.  They are particularly fond of the space shuttle program.  Watching astronauts walk around in space gives them a great thrill.  They then spend weeks lining the floors with couch cushions so they can hop around and pretend to be just like the astronauts they saw on television.  There was no way I’d let them miss the final space shuttle launch last Friday.

We watched online on Mommy’s nice big computer monitor.  They sat enthralled for 45 minutes.  I hoped and prayed the launch would not be delayed as I would have had two very dissapointed little boys on my hands.  I showed my boys maps of Florida pointing out where the launch was taking place in relation to our home.  I showed them the radar that threatened thunderstorms that could curtail the day’s events.

When it coincedently thundered here both of them began to get a bit worked up!  They were convinced the shuttle wouldn’t launch due to the storm.  It only took a moment to explain our storm had nothing to do with the storm down in Florida.  They were relieved.   I held my breath when the countdown was frozen at just 31 seconds to go.  I exhaled when the clock started again.

In the back of my mind I did worry a bit about what I would do should the unthinkable happen.  What if the launch went terribly wrong as it did so many years ago with the shuttle Challenger.  I remember that day.  I was home from school watching on my grandmother’s old TV.  I didn’t know what I’d say to my boys should something horrible happen but I figured I’d cross that bridge when I came to it.  Thank God all went just fine.

Now we spend time each day checking into the NASA channel just to see what the astronauts are up to.  I know we’ll all be very sad when the mission is over and everything is said and done with.  But we plan to learn and enjoy while still can.

This is one of those times I’m thankful we have the opportunity to homeschool and live the life we’ve been given.  Without that luxury we would not have been able to enjoy this historic moment in quite the same way.  I best wrap up!  The boys are anxious to see what the astronauts are up to now!  I think it might be time to hit the library for a fresh batch of books about space, space shuttles, and the space station.



  1. I adore this post! I love their faces pressed right up to the screen because they’re so excited! Amazing!

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