Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Silver Spring Shuttle

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




20 comments:

wombat said...

I guess I am kind of dumb. I saw the plane (without shuttle) fly over my house a day or two ago and wondered if they were doing a practice run, so I sat out in my backyard yesterday morning hoping to see it. It didn't occur to me that perhaps the odds would be better if I went to a place higher up in the air.

Anonymous said...

Ugh, after looking at many pics & watching vids of the shuttle I am kicking myself today for not taking the time off of work to watch it for myself. I've seen a number of launches from Kennedy while I was visiting Melbourne, Fla years ago.

Robert said...

The shuttle was visible twice from Woodside Park, just north of downtown Silver Spring, yesterday. The first time it was to the southwest as it apparently passed over NW DC. The second time it appeared to be more or less over the Beltway.

JessMan said...

I skipped out on work here at NOAA for a few hours to go see it at the tidal basin. I guess I could have seen it out the window here but it was totally worth it to go downtown

Anonymous said...

Off topic, I know...but I just went to the new Hibachi place for lunch and it was amazing! Much better than Benihana. I hope they make it.

Anonymous said...

You should leave a review for Masa on Yelp then. No one has and I assume most ppl don't know it's open now.

Anonymous said...

@Anon 2:09..Not really off-topic - The food must have been "out of this world"...get it, space shuttle, out of this world..ugh, its been a long afternoon.

Anonymous said...

Masa is doing a "soft opening" and it's well worth checking out! The food was out of this world and I'm still full!

Anonymous said...

WRITE REVIEWS ON YELP IF YOU WANT TO SEE THE PLACE SUCCEED.

Anonymous said...

YELLING WILL GET MY ATTENTION!!!!!
Word of mouth is still better than Yelp for getting me to go to a restaurant, I think. Not the only way to go.

Anon at 2:09 - Thanks for the info! I wasn't sure when the opening was but was avoiding it until I had heard something. If things were good, I'll try to go this weekend!
-Elysian

Anonymous said...

The number of people who see Masa's yelp page v. the number of people who happen to read a comment about Masa in the comments section of 1 SSS post is probably a 1,000,000 to 1 ratio. Post it on Yelp.

Anonymous said...

Appears another Ethiopian place has claimed the Marrakesh spot. I'd be surprised if that section of Ga. Ave. can support, what, 4 Ethiopian restaurants? More power to it if it can, but if not then hopefully the weakest link is the one to go under and is quickly replaced by something better.

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