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    Posted February 24, 2011 by
    Titusville, Florida
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    The final shuttle

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    STS 133 Discovery's Final Launch - What It Means to Us


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     JessHath watched space shuttle Discovery's final launch from next to the launch control center and says, 'it just makes me feel so proud of what we are able to accomplish as humans and Americans.'
    - dsashin, CNN iReport producer

    I have uploaded a video of liftoff taken from the turn basin next to the VAB (vehicle assembly building) - it's as close as you can get to a launch.  In the picture is my family.  This is the first day the kids and I have ever been able to join my husband at the Cape to watch a launch with him.  He's worked for United Space Alliance for 14 years now.  You (CNN) had asked for photos that demonstrated our responses in "the moment", after the shuttle had launched.  When we arrived at home tonight, I was struck by the box of memories that my husband had recently brought home from his office in preparation for the ending of the program.  I started to sort through some of them, and I realized my "moment" was there spread before me on the kitchen floor.  I don't know what the future of the space program is, but I certainly hope that the thousands of gifted employees at the cape will always be remembered for the countless hours spent up all night working 70 plus hour weeks with the single goal of advancing Americans and all of humanity boldly into the last frontier.  I hope that as a nation, our drive to explore and our pride in leading the way will never be reduced to a pile of memories that fit into an old cardboard box.

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