Saturday, May 30, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
Did you all feel the landing of space shuttle Atlantis yesterday? It made our house shake and woke me up.
The video above is of Atlantis returning to Kennedy Space Center from another mission. It was supposed to land there again, but bad weather brought the shuttle to the deserts of California. I love how the video shows the shuttle as slow and elegant, when really, the landing is an event so fast and forceful that we feel the earth shake from 133 miles away. So amazing. Here's a pretty good article about the most recent Atlantis mission.
As Ian and I sat around in our PJs discussing space travel and air force bases, I remembered a mix up I had as a kid. I thought that Nasa and Napa were the same thing. My Uncle Louis and his family lived in Napa Valley and to me that meant that Louis was an astronaut. I can recall asking my parents where the spaceships were we'd go to visit.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
The bike races were so amazing. I couldn't stop talking about how much fun I had. Sunday was especially fantastic because I got to be a course marshal. I helped to make sure that cars and bikes steered clear of one another on the open course and that the cyclists turned right at the intersection. I wore a reflective vest and a straw sunhat and felt very official.