10 Years Ago, Space Shuttle Atlantis Mocked Me

A decade ago I was a student hoping to see my first shuttle launch, but it wasn't meant to be.

Published On 09/07/2016
6:26 AM EDT
The closest I got to astronauts during my 2006 field trip to Florida. | Elizabeth Howell
At far left is space shuttle Atlantis (small white tower), going towards the Vehicle Assembly Building (right) on Aug. 29, 2006. Around the time this picture was taken, NASA made the decision to move the shuttle back to the launch pad. | Credit: Elizabeth Howell
Atlantis, still inspiring space explorers at the Kennedy Space Center. | Credit: Elizabeth Howell