Two Months

8 Sep

It’s been two months since the STS-135 launch and tweetup, and this morning I woke up at 5 a.m. to watch a (scrubbed) GRAIL launch. The lack of sleep and the anniversary have led to an emotional state that finds me walking down the street to class and suddenly realizing that I am grinning like an idiot because I just remembered that I have actually met astronauts.

So far, no one has asked me to explain why I would wake up at 5 a.m. to watch a launch from ~2,500+ miles away on a small computer screen (granted, my roommates were all asleep when I left this morning), but that dopey smile and the memories of rain and pre-dawn parking lots and the last five seconds of the countdown go a long way towards explaining it.

So, dear #GRAIL #NASATweetup attendees:  you are now a part of an amazing alumni group who can understand just what it feels like to drive up to this view in the morning:

This must be the fifth time I've posted this picture; but it's so worth it.

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