I’m delighted to see that Discovery has safely launched, and I’m as jealous as sin of anyone lucky enough to see the spectacle. I’m old enough to remember the shuttle’s first launch and there is no denying that this craft has a hold on our collective imagination. The loss of Columbia in 2003 was genuinely an event that captured the world’s attention (and my blog post on that day still draws a daily trickle of visitors).
I do wonder, though, whether this launch is entirely wise. I understand why she needed to fly, but I’m thinking that NASA might have better used its resources in building the urgently-needed replacement craft.
Whatever. It is great to see the shuttle in action again. Godspeed to her crew.