Thursday, May 20, 2010

See a Shuttle Launch, Check!

I crossed two major items off my bucket list last month!

First, I married my best friend at Disney World in Florida. My wife and I have known each other since we were teenagers and over the years we became the best of friends. We had a spectacular wedding with family and friends in attendance. (We're both kids at heart, so Disney was an obvious choice.)

As part of our wedding package, we were able to take pictures in the Magic Kingdom. For those of you unfamiliar with the parks, it's the one with the castle. We were taking pictures very early in the morning while the Disney team was prepping the park for the day's guests.

Coincidentally, shuttle Discovery was set to make the final nighttime launch of the space shuttle program during our photo shoot. So, while standing on a balcony in the castle we saw the shuttle ascend into the dark sky. It was a spectacular sight!

Unfortunately, my pictures didn't turn out so well, but the image of the shuttle blasting off will forever be ingrained in my memory.

As daylight broke, our photographer took this photo of my wife and I with the shuttle's contrail refracting sunlight in the early morning sky. What an amazing experience!

Dr. Dave

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