Trying to get back into the swing of things after an exciting visit to the Vandenberg AFB as part of the NASA Social for the SMAP spacecraft. I had such a great time visiting with other nerds and making some new friends. I cannot express how fortunate I am to have been given this opportunity and I hope that I will get to again. This trip has really brought back to the surface my passion for space exploration and NASA. Now I just need to get a new telescope!
In the meantime please enjoy some videos of the launch of the Delta-II rocket. I was disappointed not to be able to stay all the way until Saturday to see the twice scrubbed launch, but I still felt the thrill watching live on the web and then running outside to the roof of my parking garage and seeing SMAP and the Delta-II streak across the sky. Amazing!