Up In the Sky! It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s…?

Over at Ellen’s Nest, she’s posted a great photo of the space shuttle Discovery on the launch pad at night. She said that on a clear day, most people down in her neck of the woods (Florida) can see the shuttle taking off. It reminded me of the time I saw the space shuttle, only I didn’t know it.

UntitledI was in New Orleans a number of years ago. After dinner one night, we were out on the balcony of our French Quarter hotel room, hanging out, chatting, enjoying the evening, and watching the hub-bub in the street below. All of a sudden, this great bright, greenish streak crossed the sky before us, like a slow arcing shooting star. Others on balconies below ours saw it too, but no one knew what it was. It was one of those, “Did I just see that?” kind of moments.

Well, it wasn’t until the next day when a photograph in the paper clued us in to what it was we’d seen.

It was the space shuttle coming in for a landing in Florida.

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