Douglas H. Wheelock

@Astro_Wheels

Test Pilot; NASA Astronaut: STS-120 & ISS-25; Space Station Commander; Aspiring Poet; Inspired by quiet moments, kindness and the power of the spoken word.

The Space Shuttle Atlantis on its launch début!  T minus 6 days and counting…and this great ship will take our breath away and captivate our spirit one last time.  Atlantis (OV-104) was delivered to Kennedy Space Center in April 1985, and lifted off on its maiden voyage on October 3, 1985…”So much of life in the world is memory…That the moment of the happening itself…So much with noise and smoke and rising clear…To vanish at the limit of our vision…Into the light blue light of afternoon.”     - Poet Howard Nemerov, after witnessing the launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis

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1880 days ago

The Space Shuttle Atlantis on its launch début! T minus 6 days and counting…and this great ship will take our breath away and captivate our spirit one last time. Atlantis (OV-104) was delivered to Kennedy Space Center in April 1985, and lifted off on its maiden voyage on October 3, 1985…”So much of life in the world is memory…That the moment of the happening itself…So much with noise and smoke and rising clear…To vanish at the limit of our vision…Into the light blue light of afternoon.” - Poet Howard Nemerov, after witnessing the launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis

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Kickalien 1876 days ago

Wow! ... so much of our unfinished dream was brought out!

yashmuses 1878 days ago

ALL THE BEST

a_cup_of_sea 1879 days ago

Go boldly, Atlantis! When you complete STS-135... That's your "Independence Day"... :-)

albakutschker 1879 days ago

Increible, gracia por aportar tu granito de arena a la ciencia para que todos tengamos una vida mejor, gracias

worldclass007 1880 days ago

Not just an ending, but the beginning of new uncharted vistas.

AnaMSanPer 1880 days ago

Hermosa nave.

Stelygs 1880 days ago

Emotional final countdown! ...
Here's a touching documentary on the History of such wonders (narrated by Cpt Kirk!)
Thanks Shuttles, for all the amazement you brought into our life! http://1.usa.gov/mzU3Bd

Geshiela 1880 days ago

maraming salamat sa napakagandang larawan at tula...ako'y isang totoong tagahanga...

Dj3zuz 1880 days ago

al infinito a mas alla. ajajajaj

Dj3zuz 1880 days ago

En esto se debe invertir el dinero en investigación y progreso hacia humanidad y no en como matar

Magica_D 1880 days ago

Красавчик! Видно, что ещё совсем новенький! :-)

SophalMiracle 1880 days ago

We'll be watching the Atlantis takes off next week! May God bless everything to run smoothly! #ISS