No, I haven't had any out of this world experiences lately, but my son and his family came close on Monday when they got be be live and in person at Cape Canaveral for the launch of MAVEN, a Mission to Mars. This was especially exciting for them because for the last few years my son has been a part of a team of rocket scientists at an astrophysics lab at the University of Colorado that built instruments that went aboard the spacecraft. After years of work and a few pre-launch work trips to Cape Canaveral being there for the launch was as good as it gets for my son and his family.
They got to Florida a few days before the launch to be a part of the pre-launch excitement and to soak up some space lore.
A day spent at the Kennedy Space Center got everyone even more excited for a real live launch.
Anna manning a Space Shuttle.
Anna and Wil soaking up some space culture.
Maven on the launch pad the night before launch day.
Wil got a little "spacey" as they were waiting for the bus to the launch site.
Up, up and away,
or as my son said "and that is how you do that".
Yes, I am a proud mama, but mostly I am glad about this dream-come-true experience for a boy who grew up with his eyes on the skies.
Rob at the Space Center in Houston in 1977.
No, he wasn't always that serious and, no, he doesn't still wear his pants that high.