“Go rocket ship! Go!”

“Go, rocket ship! Go!”

That is what my two and a half year old cheered over and over again as we watched the last space shuttle launch today. She was exuberant as she saw the Atlantis soar into the sky, unbeknownst to her, for the last time. As her enthusiasm infected me I remembered the first time I saw the shuttle Columbia launch in 1981. I remember space telescope Hubble in orbit, Pathfinder landing on Mars, Dolly being cloned, the human genome being sequenced…

What “rocket ships” will her children cheer for?

Go rocket ship, go…..