I set my alarm early this morning so I could watch the landing of the space shuttle Discovery at 5:12 AM local time. It wasn’t too long after I switched on the cable news that that I heard the familiar double sonic boom shaking my house and briefly awakening my wife and one of my daughters. The shuttle’s route toward its landing at the nearby Edwards AFB (I live just a few miles south of it) was a little different this time around. NASA decided to alter their route so they didn’t fly over Los Angeles, just in case the worst were to happen. It seemed like the bang-bang of it dropping subsonic was louder than normal for us in the Antelope Valley thanks to that.
But nothing went wrong this time and Discovery landed safe and sound. Within the next couple of days maybe I’ll get a glimpse of the shuttle flying back toward Florida, perched atop its carrier 747 aircraft.