Today's a historic day for female astronauts. Pamela Melroy, the second-ever woman shuttle commander under the employ of NASA, is navigating the space shuttle launched this morning to meet up with astronaut Peggy Whitson, who is the first-ever female commander of the International Space Station. Says Melroy of this convergence of girl power in the heavens: "The thing that is the best about this is that it happened totally by accident." [Space.com]
I just saw it! I mean, them!
At 7:56 p.m. CST the Space Shuttle passed over Austin—it looks like a very fast moving star. It disappeared at the almost-full moon.
At 8:08 p.m. the Space Station came out of the NE skyline and moved toward the moon. Also, a fast-moving star in the heavens and disappeared at the bright moon.
I am verklempt, people.