Friday, February 25, 2011
Spectators turn out for Discovery's last mission

From the ground and the sky, iReporters all over Central Florida treated us to their views of Space shuttle Discovery's final liftoff -- one of the last for NASA's space shuttle program.

 

First-time shuttle viewer Brittany Dupuis, 21, who recently moved to Orlando, captured the energy of the crowd watching from Space View Park in Titusville, directly across Indian River from the launch pad.

 

“The second it went off, everybody was cheering,” Dupuis said. “It was amazing -- the amount of light coming out from the bottom of the shuttle, the power, and how fast it went up.”

 

Minutes before Justin Henderson’s plane landed in Orlando from Seattle, Washington, the pilot announced they might catch a glimpse of the shuttle. Henderson figured he was on the wrong side of the plane – until “a bright flash” appeared through his window.

 

“Seeing it from the air was quite a treat,” said Henderson, 26. “Everybody was going, ‘There it is, there it is.’ You could see the tail of it and the entire thing. We actually saw it leave the atmosphere.”

 

 

Manny Bornia says he’s lived in Florida for most of his life and "totally grew up on" the space program. His 3-year-old daughter Sofia is really into space right now, but he knows that she won't even remember the shuttle program when she gets older. He snapped this photo as they watched the liftoff from their backyard beach in Daytona Beach Shores.

 

Two more shuttle missions are scheduled for later this year. How do you feel about the end of the 30-year space shuttle program? Share your thoughts and memories in the comments below, or contribute to our assignment here.

2 Comments
February 28, 2011

Ill be booing boo boo how much is gas again ?

March 7, 2011
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It's a little sad since i basically "grew up" with the Space Shuttle, i even remember the very first flight.

But the Shuttle is outdated technology, and simply needed to be scrapped. However, space exploration needs funding...science needs funding. Don't cut funding for such essential things but increase spending on wars. That's just silly.

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