I Remember California: Recap, Thus Far

It’s been two years since we began following the end of the space shuttle program. On September 18, 2010, we published a piece about I Dream of Jeannie. We hadn’t yet visited Cocoa Beach, the Space Coast town where Jeannie and astronaut Anthony Nelson lived in that television series. We hadn’t yet been to Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC) and seen the façade of the … Continue reading I Remember California: Recap, Thus Far

I Remember California: From Florida to California (Photos)

We are back home again, back at our jobs today. In our absence, no classes were canceled, no big tasks cast aside. Admittedly, our energy reserves are depleted, but we are relatively rested after what was a more demanding week than we expected. We are happy to be back at our desks, talking with students, and also happy for the memories of the last ten … Continue reading I Remember California: From Florida to California (Photos)

I Remember California: The Family Photos

We spent more than a week following Endeavour‘s final departure from Kennedy Space Center in Florida to its birthplace in California. In posts from the last few days, you can watch Lofty Ambitions’ EXCLUSIVE VIDEO of  “180 Degrees of Endeavour,” as well as our videos of the landing and takeoff at Dryden and our video of Endeavour‘s departure from KSC. In today’s post, we share some of our photos from the … Continue reading I Remember California: The Family Photos

I Remember California: Hello, Goodbye, and Happy 300th

This is our 300th Lofty Ambitions post. Perhaps this is some tortured logic, but it almost didn’t happen. There would have been a 300th post, but it almost wasn’t about being out in the Mojave desert together and watching Endeavour‘s arrival/departure sequence at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC). On Wednesday, while Anna put her working life back in order after five days spent at … Continue reading I Remember California: Hello, Goodbye, and Happy 300th

I Remember California: Endeavour, Departed.

The last three days have been about logistics as much as anything to do with shuttle: delayed flights, cancelled flights, rebooking flights, new hotel reservations, and picking-up and dropping-off rental cars. We knew that catching Endeavour in the act—watching the Florida departure and the California arrival—would require juggling our existing obligations with our desire to see this penultimate chapter of the Space Transportation System. At … Continue reading I Remember California: Endeavour, Departed.

I Remember California: Endeavour, Still Delayed?

As with any long-term project: life intervenes. Anna has to be back in California on Tuesday for class and for the opening poet of this year’s Tabula Poetica reading series, Victoria Chang. It’s a coast-to-coast day for Anna (after a five-hour, go-nowhere attempt yesterday). Her day begins with a 6:40 a.m. flight to Dallas and then onto California and home. Doug will spend most of … Continue reading I Remember California: Endeavour, Still Delayed?

I Remember California: Endeavour Delay

We’ve experienced shuttle launch delays before, and we had worried that the weather couldn’t possibly be sunny the whole of Endeavour’s planned flight path today. Still, when news came that there would be a twenty-four-hour slip in the start of the impending ferry flight, we felt a little sick. We’ve come to think of Endeavour as our orbiter—the one we saw at Edwards Air Force … Continue reading I Remember California: Endeavour Delay

I Remember California: Endeavour Mating

We arrived at the Space Coast on Friday evening, checked into our meager hotel, and headed to El Leoncito for dinner, where we could see Kennedy Space Center across the water. This morning, we rose at 4:00a.m. to get our media badges and watched the space shuttle Endeavour, mated to the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, back out of the mate-demate structure. Here are photos to chronicle our recent … Continue reading I Remember California: Endeavour Mating

I Remember California (Part 5)

Part 1: Title for Title Part 2: I Remember Mike Moses Part 3: Orbiter Transfer Plans Part 4: Preparing for Endeavour Departure Video Interview: Jeffrey Rudolph, Head of the California Science Center On Friday, September 14—perhaps as you read this post—we are flying from our home in Southern California to the Space Coast in Florida. We are excited to see Endeavour leave Kennedy Space Center … Continue reading I Remember California (Part 5)