Anyway, at about 9:15 I went in to wake up Andrew because I knew he really wanted to watch the launch. I woke him up quietly and said "Hey buddy, do you want to get up and watch the space shuttle launch?" He sprung out of bed and said "yes yes, is it taking off soon? I bet the astronauts have been up for a long time already havent they, like probably two hours or something because I think it takes a long time to get their spacesuits on and get ready to go." Kids crack me up.
So we sat together and watched the launch. He was very excited and I was excited too but also was enjoying watching him. It was just fun seeing the wonder and excitement in his face. He knew all the phases, like when the rocket boosters fell away and then waited for the external fuel tank drop. There was a camera mounted on the fuel tank that showed some cool pictures with earth in the background as the orbiter and tank reached outer space. That was cool. Then the tank dropped off the orbiter. That was when Andrew realized the camera was on the fuel tank and not on the belly of the orbiter. He asked what was going to happen to that camera since the fuel tank was going to burn up and I said that it would just burn up too but that was okay because they had more. "Well who was taking the pictures?" Kids crack me up.
For some people, this launch was exciting because it was the first one since the Columbia tragedy. It was exciting for me because I got to experience it through the eyes of a child who has dreams of one day being part of a space program that could take him to the stars.