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.

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Go Discovery!  Four years ago this very moment, this was the scene at launch pad 39A.  I remember the rocket lighting like it was yesterday!  The acceleration was eye-watering as the chains of gravity give way to 7.7 million pounds of thrust!

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1034 days ago

Go Discovery! Four years ago this very moment, this was the scene at launch pad 39A. I remember the rocket lighting like it was yesterday! The acceleration was eye-watering as the chains of gravity give way to 7.7 million pounds of thrust!

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sweetgazer1 1020 days ago

Will add NASA's ringtone of shuttle launch to my cell phone.

lindaleigh 1033 days ago

Great memory CDR. THX for sharing, you make it almost like being there for me...

Magica_D 1033 days ago

Magica_D 1034 days ago

Great! You were on the flight deck?

STfangirl 1034 days ago

Launch from outside: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rrWBZYLaXU
(No music video, sorry.)

dobbs2009 1034 days ago

I'm sorry those days are over.

albakutschker 1034 days ago

It is fantastic, on April 5, 2010, I had the opportunity to attend one of the latest releases of Discovery, was a unique experience, I guess I live it live Astro Wheels, has to be ..... thanks, a beautiful picture.

tunauna 1034 days ago

Thinner than I thought

Geshiela 1034 days ago

it saddens me that Discovery will only fly again..in our vivid imagination

Geshiela 1034 days ago

fear not.. No cameras were harmed when this photo was taken. ;-)

scienceesl 1034 days ago

What a great memory and great picture! Thank you for sharing with us as always!