Daily Archives: October 29, 2014

“Catastrophic Failure”

Monday evening, Motor Man and I, along with our friend, Bev, waited on our deck to, hopefully, catch a glimpse of the Antares rocket launch from Wallops Island on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. The rocket was taking approximately 5,000 pounds of supplies to the International Space Station.

Wallops Island is approximately 85 air miles from our house. We have a fairly “clear shot” and were able to view a night-time rocket launch from there in November of last year.

Monday night’s launch was scrubbed because of a boat in the restricted area. The launch was rescheduled for last night at 6:22.

Bev was unable to join us last night, but Motor Man and I were, once again, on the deck, waiting. We had the laptop, and were watching live coverage of the launch on the NASA web-site.

Considering the distance, I knew it would be next to impossible for me to video the actual rocket with my camera, so I decided to video the launch from the web-site.

If you listen carefully, in addition to the crickets, you can hear launch control with the countdown. And, at the 49-second mark, you’ll hear Motor Man softly say: “It blew up. It blew up, honey. Catastrophic failure.”.

We take particular interest in these launches because of our fairly close proximity to Wallops Island.  Motor Man and I took his Mom for a day trip to nearby Chincoteague back in the spring, and we visited the area again with our friend, Donna, in May.

Of course, there’s a sense of relief that the rocket was unmanned, and miraculously, there were no injuries, but we were still saddened to see this unfortunate event take place.

~These Days Of Mine~