Return To Flight
July 10, 2005 8:13 PM   Subscribe

Three days and Counting Breathe deep, mine eyes, the frosty saga of eternal suns. From unseen depths and dreams undreamt, I sing the gleaming cantos of unvanquished space. By thought I embrace the universal, With wings of mind I sail the infinitude. Glory! 'tis the stars which beckon man's spirit and set our souls adrift!
posted by blue_beetle (14 comments total)
Poem by Hart Crane, 1930. The space shuttle returns to where it was meant to be.
posted by blue_beetle at 8:15 PM on July 10, 2005

I have no comment to add other than, "HELL YEAH!"

and possibly, "Hey guys, let's try not to blow it up this time, m'kay?"
posted by arto at 8:30 PM on July 10, 2005

I'm really looking forward to the Karl Rove story too!
posted by swell at 9:15 PM on July 10, 2005

I hope they live to come back.
posted by amberglow at 9:45 PM on July 10, 2005

They still use these outdated things? Tsk, tsk...
posted by nightchrome at 10:48 PM on July 10, 2005

Thanks for the poem! Wish the shuttle was as exciting.
posted by Goofyy at 1:44 AM on July 11, 2005

I don't even like the shuttle all that much anymore, but this is very exciting. I can't understand any spaceflight not being exciting.
posted by Snyder at 3:30 AM on July 11, 2005

No matter how dangerous it is, No matter how many times folks say that this isn't the best way to go into space, I would get on this thing in a hearbeat.

It's the only game in town right now, and if you want to play you have to be in THIS game.

In a few years the Chinese may offer some options, but I am betting they won' t be offering crew spots to folks from other places.
posted by the_barbarian at 5:48 AM on July 11, 2005

One good poem deserves another....

"Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth..."
posted by alumshubby at 6:36 AM on July 11, 2005

Thought this was an Emerson Lake and Palmer thread.
posted by jalexei at 7:09 AM on July 11, 2005

Liked the quote better than the link ;-)
posted by ibeji at 8:20 AM on July 11, 2005

Move over, the_barbarian, lemme in!
posted by deborah at 9:53 AM on July 11, 2005

I don't watch launches for the same reason I don't watch NASCAR. Exciting? Yes. Eventful? Unfortunately. Product Tie-ins? I'm way too gullible.

Probably still have 40 year old Space Food SticksĀ® lodged in my colon.
posted by hal9k at 9:54 AM on July 11, 2005

Oh, I *loved* those things. Do they still make them?
posted by baylink at 9:33 AM on July 13, 2005

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