Sometimes You Have to Stop and Smell the Jet Fumes

On Tuesday, April 17, the Space Shuttle Discovery, NASA’s oldest surviving shuttle, made one more flight, this time to its last home, Matrix Staff watch for Discoverythe Smithsonian’s amazing Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center near Dulles Airport. Before touching down at Dulles, Discovery did a flyover across the DC area while strapped on to the back of a 747. Knowing that our office in Crystal City, close to the Potomac River and National Airport, was in Discovery’s flight path, we all waited eagerly for its arrival from Florida.

Needless to say, not much got done around the office around 10am as the entire staff waited for Discovery to come into view. We watched from the roof, from my office (which has views of the Potomac), from Eric’s office (which has views of the Washington monument) and the bike path along the Potomac. We took pictures, we tweeted, we posted on Facebook, we uploaded our photos, and we joined the conversation with the hashtag #spottheshuttle on Twitter.

Even though we’re pretty busy, it was just plain fun to take a break, go up to the roof, enjoy the gorgeous weather and cheer like schoolchildren when Discovery came into view. Yep, we lost some billable time, but sometimes, you’ve got to stop and smell the jet fumes.We’re all still smiling about seeing Discovery. It was a special event, not to be missed.

Did you get a chance to watch Discovery in its final tour? Where were you?

4 thoughts on “Sometimes You Have to Stop and Smell the Jet Fumes

  1. It was a nostalgic event for me – I grew up watching the shuttles’ voyages and dreaming of space travel. I’m glad they will have an honored home during their retirement.

  2. The other fun part was when we were all waiting for it to show up… folks were running back and forth from one side of the office to the other, trying to catch that first glimpse through the correct window.

  3. It was uplifting to see the shuttle passing above on such a beautiful day! I’m glad we all took a few minutes to peek out the window.

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