I’m still processing an actual written-account-type post of my experience at the STS-133 launch, so for now please accept some highlight photos from launch day. Above: we went out to the roadway to wave at the Astrovan as it went by, en route to Pad 39A. (It stopped briefly and opened the door, but alas, we did not see the astronauts, they were just dropping a few people off at Mission Control. Sigh.)
Next, here’s Discovery moments before launch — the nose cap has just moved out of harm’s way:
When I heard this existed, I wandered around all the press buildings until I found it — not for lack of snacks, but for the sheer novelty of buying something from the NASA Snackmobile:
Finally, here’s what was left, post-launch. Ten or fifteen minutes later, it had turned into normal wispy clouds of vapor, and nothing was left but the empty launch pad.