Saturday, September 22, 2012

Last Flight of Space Shuttle Endeavor

Serena and I are back in San Francisco for a couple of weeks and as luck would have it the last flight of space shuttle Endeavor is taking place while we are here. Admittedly, it's flying on the back of a 747, but still great to see. The shuttle is set to pass low over the NASA Ames research airfield which did a lot of the work on the shuttle and they have opened it to the public for the event.

Hanger One - Built in 1930's as an airship hanger
NASA Control Tower

Main runway

I was there with our friends Petter and Octavia to watch the event unfold.

Octavia and Petter 

The flight was a bit delayed due to fog in San Francisco, but at around 10:45am we saw one of the jet support planes coming in and then the shuttle itself riding on the back of the 747 transport!

I only had our little point and shoot camera so you cant see how close it actually was, but it was probably only 500 feet or so above us!

I remembered my mum and dad waking my brother and i to see the first take off and landing of the shuttle as a little kid, so it was good to be able to see the end of that era.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Tsunami warning for Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua cancelled!

If you have been watching the news you may have seen that a Tsunami warning was issued for Panama following the 7.9 magnitude earthquake in Costa Rica. Thankfully the Tsunami warning has been cancelled so it's back to normal here.

Special thanks to Elan for calling to warn us! Nearly choked on my beer at the news!