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Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Fri, 12th Dec '08 7:36 AM


...which landed on the back of that amazing NASA 747 at the airbase which luckily is about 1 mile from my school. I feel so lucky. I'm like Picard and Ryker in First Contact. I did everything I could to get as close as possible without getting arrested. With tears in my eyes pride and love of country that welled up in my heart were immeasurable. I thanked God for the serendipity. BTW - the biggest surprise of the day was that we who stood outside those double fences could hardly even hear the engines of the 747- and as it taxied, turned around right in front of us, and powered up for takeoff, we certainly should have! What technology is that which can make giant jet engines barely audible?

Bucket List - before I die, I want to see a big ole honkin' liftoff. I'm sure for you guys in Florida, it's a daily thing.

I saw the Apollo 17 shrink-wrapped LEM in Houston with Charlie Dry when I was 16. Didn't get to be close enough to touch it, either, though.

What objects in life have you seen that you thought you never would? What object do you ache to be close enough to touch? (non - humans, please!)

Spacecat  (Level: 156.7 - Posts: 666)
Fri, 12th Dec '08 8:07 AM

Was lucky to have kissed the Wailing wall and climbed to the top what they claim is Mt. Sinai (I have my doubts). Would like to walk or lie on Montego Bay and touch the Great Pyramid at Giza.

Everyone have a great weekend.

Erin0620  (Level: 77.2 - Posts: 737)
Fri, 12th Dec '08 8:15 AM

The space shuttle stopped by RAFB in Warner Robins when I was a high school student. It was pretty neat.

There are many friends, scattered across the country and globe, whose doors I would like to touch (by knocking). I'd like to see some of the world's more spiritual places...visit Jerusalem, The Ganges, Lhasa in Tibet, Machu Picchu, and the like. Documentaries, HD or not, I'm certain don't do these places justice. My taste buds would like to add Italy as a place they would like to touch...

Kaufman  (Level: 253.8 - Posts: 3936)
Fri, 12th Dec '08 8:46 AM

Twice while at Disney World, I got up in the middle of the night and was able to watch the Shuttle go up from 30 miles away. Big and bright, even at that distance.

Pennwoman  (Level: 151.8 - Posts: 2478)
Fri, 12th Dec '08 10:40 AM

That sounded amazing, I would love to see the Space Shuttle too! I have been to Machu Picchu, it was incredible! I would love to go to the Galapagos Islands, Ireland and Australia!

Bigbird  (Level: 236.1 - Posts: 3300)
Fri, 12th Dec '08 11:51 AM

I think the single most amazing thing I've seen was coming down the hill and seeing Stonehenge just sitting there on the plain. That was before the fencing went up. Breathtaking!

Monument Valley in Utah has to rank up there as well. But the sheer history behind Stonehenge makes it my winner.

Btsyshsbnd  (Level: 73.3 - Posts: 61)
Fri, 12th Dec '08 4:37 PM

I got to see the Aurora Borealis one night during a period of intense solar activity. It was wonderful and completed my list of astronomy events that I wanted to see. I got to visit The Grand Canyon which I never thought I'd do.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Fri, 12th Dec '08 7:26 PM

I've seen Stonehenge - it was amazing. Just out in the middle of nowhere. Did you feel...something? Vibrations? Aura? I wanted to - but I didn't. Still dang impressive.

I saw Grand Canyon at age 11 on the way back from my uncle's funeral in California. We just stood at the edge somewhere for a few minutes. I want to go back very much. In the fall of 2003, I had talked my 86 year old dad into going with me in the summer of 2004. However, we were shocked to find out Christmas Eve morning that he would not be with us that long. As he lay in his hospice bed in January of 2004, i told him, "Sheesh, Daddy - if you didn't want to go to the Grand Canyon with me, you could have just told me. You didn't have to go to all THIS trouble." It was probably the last time I made hiim laugh, but it was a sweet moment.

I still wanna go someday.

Koota  (Level: 180.6 - Posts: 2097)
Fri, 12th Dec '08 8:24 PM

Being close enough to reach out and touch the Liberty Bell was a great moment for me.

Johnbtv  (Level: 261.7 - Posts: 200)
Fri, 12th Dec '08 8:40 PM

There is nothing quite like a space launch.

I've had the pleasure of being present at both the Apollo 14 launch in 1971 and the ill-fated Space Shuttle mission STS-107 (Columbia) launch in 2003.

Even from a distance of nearly 10 miles, the noise is incredibly loud and the trembling of the ground intense.

Keep it on the Bucket List!

Fudypatootie  (Level: 194.3 - Posts: 1302)
Fri, 12th Dec '08 9:56 PM

Wow, Jan, that's awesome!

I loved running up the steps and staring into the stone face of Abraham Lincoln in DC at age 16, but that whole trip was one wonder after another.

I'd love to see the Pyramids. I would really love to set foot on Irish soil, preferably County Galway, where my family is from (about 5 generations back). The Holy Land would be another great trip of amazing places to see.

Lettermanfan1  (Level: 88.3 - Posts: 486)
Fri, 12th Dec '08 10:30 PM

My mom came to visit us in Nov. or Dec. 2000 (I think) and there was a scheduled shuttle launch a few days before her arrival. However, it kept getting postponed. We took Mom to church with us that Sunday, and a man we barely knew who worked for NASA gave us tickets to get up close and personal that night for the rescheduled launch. It was as close as you could get as a was so amazing! After Mom died, my sisters told me she said it was the most awesome thing she ever saw in her whole life. Every time there is a launch we stand out in our street and cheer. (we're 50 miles away, but we still hear it and get a great view of the fireball in the sky) . I'll always think of Mom when I see it.

Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1313)
Sat, 13th Dec '08 4:19 AM

Space shuttles are amazing, how about this. About a year before she was killed, I said hello to Princess Diana when she was walking across the street in Chicago. To my surprise, she nodded hello to me and two other truck drivers. I've also done the same with Mel Gibson, Paul Newman and Robert Redford. Living and working in Chicago and Illinois sure is crappy.

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