Discovery is now back at the Kennedy Space Center, safe and sound. Here then, is one last look at the 747 carrier aircraft as it left Edwards AFB yesterday morning with Discovery on its back. It is difficult to describe the awe one feels as 710,000 lbs of hurtling metal flies past at 185 knots a couple hundred yards from where you're standing. Breathtaking is putting it mildly.
Physics is a wonderful thing. There is no way, you tell yourself, that something that massive can fly; yet fly it does. I'm glad I finally got to see it in person.
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