The Antares launch will always hold a special place in my heart. It was the last launch I saw in person, the last one I saw before moving away from DC, and the closest I’ve ever been to an active, launching vehicle.
To make today’s launch even better, while listening to the launch broadcast, the announcer’s voice almost got lost in the sound of cheering spectators. Screaming, shouting, pure exhilaration. Nothing makes me emotional faster than people displaying pure excitement over a rocket launch. It was a beautiful sound to hear, and remind me that all is not lost in Spaceflight awareness. People do care. People love seeing things launch into space. People find it important. I’m not the only one who is this crazy for it.