while I was emailing at a little before 12, I heard a double boom and jumped straight out of my chair, the windows shook and I thought a tree had fallen on the house again, felt just like when our tree fell. ran out the door and checked saw nothing, went to garage and asked bob if he saw or heard anything, he checked the front. then he remembered that yesterday I told him the shuttle was coming down at 11:57 and it would come in really low over Bradenton, direct flight path 60 second from touchdown on the other coast. so it was the shuttle breaking the sound barrier, it was at 11:56.... bob was so mad that he forgot to stand in the yard and look for it. that tells you how bad his hearing is, he heard nothing, not even the windows and house shake
photo and words from Bradenton Herald Breaking news email that proves what I already KNOW
Double boom over Manatee signals Discovery's return HERALD STAFF REPORT
MANATEE -- After flying a near-perfect mission, space shuttle Discovery and its six-astronaut crew return to Earth today, passing over Manatee-Sarasota as it approached from the southwest.
Landing was scheduled for 11:57 a.m. at Kennedy Space Center. The shuttle's main landing gear touched the tarmac at 11:57:17 seconds, according to NASA.
"Space shuttle Discovery landed for the final time at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center after 202 orbits around Earth and a journey of 5,304,140 miles on STS-133," according to NASA
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