Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Special Report From MadSnappers HOME

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

Read more: http://www.bradenton.com/2011/03/09/3017911/sonic-boom-will-herald-discoverys.html#ixzz1G7r6gkJA

14 comments:

Chatty Crone said...

I learned something today after reading this - how interesting your blog was today. Thanks for sharing. sandie

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

That would have been neat to hear.Now I remember that I was going to watch this on TV,but I forgot.Oh well,as long as they landed safely.

Kilauea Poetry said...

That's too bad he couldn't hear it..Interesting. I'm still trying to focus this morning? I keep going to sleep late and wind-up so out of it the next day.............)

Ginny said...

That would have scared me to death!!! Not knwowing what it was and all. Poor Bob!! Do you think you could have seen it if you were looking? Guess even a fast speed setting on the camera wouldn't have captured the speed of sound!

Remington said...

That is so cool! Bet it did scare you though....

Tipper said...

Amazing that you got to experience it first hand : )

S. Etole said...

a moment of history ... heard

Ann said...

Wow, that probably would have scared the heck out of me. But then again I can't hear worth a darn so I probably would have been more like Bob and said "what noise"...lol

srp said...

I was just getting ready to leave for my hair appointment... to get out six months of gray and get sheared... and it landed... what a sight that much be.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Glad you found out what that was, Sandra, but sorry that you missed seeing it come overhead... I am sick that they are not flying anymore missions into space... I think that was so special for our country... Remember when they walked on the moon? That was so memorable. Too bad that it's almost over.. Glad they made it home safely
Hugs,
Betsy

photowannabe said...

How exciting to have heard it anyway.
When I was working at a convention at the big cnvention center in Orlando, I had the previlege of hearing and seeing the shuttle coming in for a landing. I stood on my hotel room balcony and had a chance to experience a piece of history.

Ann said...

Just watched the news about this last flight.

Wow! you experience the final journey, or at least you felt it.

SquirrelQueen said...

I saw this on the news. It would have been thrilling to see in person.

Krista said...

That... is... AWESOME! How exciting! :o)