'A friend of mine, my daughter and I went to watch the shuttle launch on the 31st. What a truly awe-inspiring sight. We weren't close to it but watching the flame out on the ground, the rocket going up, the separation (what little you could see of that from the ground) was just amazing! Just thinking about the fact that this machine was built in America and is being used by countries all around the world (this time, they were taking Japanese and Russian parts to their respective stations) was humbling. Man truly can do great things when they want to. If you ever get a chance to see the shuttle launch or something else that can remind you what can be done by humankind when the drive and determination is there, go for it. It is a great feeling.