Click the arrow to watch the SpaceKSC.com video of the SpaceX COTS-2 launch. Video credit: SpaceKSC.com.
The future began on May 22, 2012, at 3:44 AM Eastern Daylight Time, in what had been for millennia a swamp that was home for hundreds of alligators and billions of mosquitoes.
The mosquitoes returned in full force just in time for the launch, as if to remind Humanity that Nature still has its way here.
But the launch was Humanity's response that, one day, we may leave from this old swamp to go somewhere that mosquitoes never bite.
I took my share of mosquito bites as I filmed the historic launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, sending the Dragon capsule to the International Space Station.
(By the way, hand sanitizer is a quick and effective remedy. The swelling goes right down.)
Most "mainstream" media outlets on the Internet are reporting this as their lead story. Hopefully this will correct the general public's misperception that the United States no longer has a space program.
Here are links to articles about the launch. Start with this wonderful clip from CNN's John Zarrella:
Click the arrow to watch the video. You may be subjected to an ad first.
Then watch tonight's PBS Newshour report with Judy Woodruff and Miles O'Brien:
Click the arrow to watch the video.
Associated Press "Private Rocket Blasts Off for Space Station"
Aviation Week "SpaceX ISS Resupply Mission Off To Successful Start"
The Christian Science Monitor "SpaceX Launch: Private Industry Inspires New Generation of Rocketeers"
Los Angeles Times "NASA Hails SpaceX Launch as 'a New Era' for Spaceflight"
New York Times "Private Cargo Rocket Heads to Space Station"
More links will be posted as time permits.
The Falcon 9 launches from LC-40. Image credit: NASA.