White steam from the fuel billowed into the clear black night sky Sunday as the seconds ticked back to lift-off. For a moment, the screen filled with orange fire as the Falcon 9 rocket blasted off this planet. Once, it was easier to grasp the significance of each space launch. The world seemed to hold its collective breath as a rocket went up. The concept was mind-boggling and so new. We knew astronauts’ names, where they were from, and felt connected to their families. Then, launches became more common, and for a while, they seemed almost pedestrian. Almost.
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