May 31, 2011
I had the wonderful-once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go see the Endeavor Space Shuttle get rolled out to the launch pad for the last time ever!!! A brother in our ward works at the Space Center (like everyone else here)—he’s a real rocket scientist—and he got tickets to go out there! It was me, him, and the missionaries (Sean got what I had so he was SUPER sick!), and we got out there early, sat on our camping chairs and waited for HOURS for it to get dark and get started!
They have to roll it out on a rock path because it’s the only thing that can sustain the weight. They also have to spray the rocks with water to smooth it out. It moves at about 1.5 miles per hour! So amazing. Before it came out, however, we were entertained because …wait for it…
THE ASTRONAUTS CAME OUT AND MET WITH US!!! We all got autographs, shook their hands and got pictures with Rex Wilheim (sp?). It was definitely a momentous occasion and one I can look back on as something that I will probably never have the opportunity to do again!