Unfortunately I did not have the opportunity to witness the arrival of the Space Shuttle Discovery yesterday morning, though those in downtown Silver Spring at the time were afforded a fantastic view of the Shuttle and the 747 aircraft transporting it.
I do retain faint childhood memories of watching from the Silver Spring YMCA as the Enterprise prototype circled the Capital Beltway many moons ago. Of course, that was more like a victory lap whereas yesterday had the air of a wake. Anyway, the purpose of this post is not to lament the current state of the U.S. manned spaceflight program, but rather to share these images captured by reader Joe Fox from his vantage point on top of the Bonifant-Dixon garage in downtown Silver Spring.
|Approach from over the World Building|
|Spectators on the roof of the Discovery Building|
|Workers at the new 1150 Ripley building appear unimpressed|
|Between the NOAA buildings|