Just another day in Central Florida … oh wait … what’s that!?

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Space shuttle Atlantis and its crew of six astronauts blasted into space a few minutes ago. This was the view from my driveway.

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“You’re missing the shuttle,” I said to my neighbor John (seen below in the photo), as he pulled into his driveway.

“Seen enough of ’em,” he said.

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Here’s a close-up shot, courtesy of our friends at NASA.

Atlantis is beginning an 11-day mission to the International Space Station. It took about 8 1/2 minutes from launch to orbit, but I only saw a fraction of it, thanks to a generous cloud cover.

I’ve seen more than my share of shuttle launches, too, but with the program coming to an end soon, I like to watch each one.

It’s only a matter of time before tourism is opened to space. One day we’ll look back on this as the good ol’ days.

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