Tuesday, August 9, 2005

DISCOVERY IS HOME. I set my alarm to wake up at 3:45 am today in order to observe the landing of Discovery. I could have slept in. The shuttle was waved off landing at Kennedy Space Center in Florida due to bad weather; it landed at around 7:10 am (Central Time) at Edwards Air Force Base in California, instead. You could almost hear a collective sigh of relief across the nation when the space-repaired craft made a flawless and uneventful return. This has been perhaps the most scrutinized flight in twenty years. I enjoyed viewing the bird's-eye view and listening in to the shuttle-Mission Control conversations via Yahoo!'s link with NASA TV. Will confidence be restored in NASA? Will the problems with the foam on the fuel tanks be addressed? Will shuttle flights continue? My sense is, with due diligence and utmost care, yes.