It is bitter-sweet, the shuttles will be gone soon. The end of an important era in technology, and the beginning of a new.
I have seen one shuttle, the Columbia. The people gathered to see it fly, the Kennedy space center evacuated the area keeping the people far from the launch vehicle, there the towering spacecraft stood tall, it was far across the water and clearly visible on that sunny day. Then there was a spark which grew. The flames illuminated beneath its gigantic engines. The flames seemed to grow and grow forever. The vapors enveloped the spacecraft in a cloud, a curtain of mystery just before the grand climb to come. The engines grew stronger and the flames were visible through the clouds, and grew even brighter the glow of a machine that was about to release itself from the chains of gravity. Its rumbling engines shook the ground below us, the shuttles’ have earthquake engines. Then off it goes, that huge tower, that giant machine of tons of metal, oxygen, and hydrogen, I could not believe my eyes, the thing actually lifted itself off the ground! Everything about those shuttles is amazing!