This morning I managed to drag my arse out of bed at 6:30a.m. Those of you who know me are aware that me awake and moving prior to 8:30a.m. is nothing short of miraculous. I am a space flight fan – yeah I know some of you are anti space exploration – as a kid I loved anything and everything about the Apollo Rockets and the lunar rover. The grainy black and white transmission from the first moon landing enthralled me as a child. It still does.
The end of the NASA Space Shuttle program – an end to an era – saddens me. So, how could I not take advantage of heading up to a helipad atop on of Sacramento’s buildings? I could not! It is a rare to be allowed access to the top of a city building anymore. The last helipad I was on was atop the Renaissance Tower post 9/11. A few of us returned to our long standing once a week lunch up there only to be interrupted by folks in full Armour because someone from another building called us in as terrorists . … So when the invitation was offered yesterday afternoon I jumped on it! A couple of the folks up there this morning were past co-workers and it was fun to catch up with them. All the surrounding buildings had people on the helipads or on the top levels of the parking garages.
The shuttle came out of the southern horizon flew over the capitol building made a circle and came back from the northern horizon. It still amazes me how something as large as a 747 can fly let alone one with a space shuttle piggy backed on it. I toured the Boeing plant and watched workers building 747’s and came away remembering how huge they were and wondering what would happen if a worker missed a few rivets.
Well around 20 of us courtesy of the building manager sat atop the building and took photos of the people atop near by buildings as they took pictures of us LOL. Then the 747, Endeavour piggybacked, along with the military escort became a faint dot in the horizon.
A few of the shots I took:
Well, I got up early, made it up the stairs for the last few floors where the elevator ride ended, waited for the Endeavor and it’s 747 ride, I am now headed off to take a nap!