The Shuttle is now on its way to orbit. I watched attentively from here in the family room.
Was I scared? Yes. I saw a number of things I thought (at the time) were anomalous – little flecks of something falling below the external tanks and dark spots of the Shuttles underbelly as it separated.
Most likely what I saw were figments of my imagination, or something that was in actuality nothing.
I am glad the launch was successful. I was thrilled with the majesty of something the size of a large office building flying off to space. I am sticking with my guns that this is the wrong thing to do.
In case you missed it, the box on the left has the last 10 seconds of the countdown and the liftoff. Just click it to watch.