That’s the excited shout that greeted me when I picked up my 7 year old little boy from school today. It’s what he, bouncing up and down with excitement, proceeded to tell everybody he met with huge optimism for the remainder of the afternoon as well. “The Orion is launching at 7:05am tomorrow morning!! We can watch it on a live stream! Mr. V told me!!”
Just to clarify a couple of things, the Orion is a spacecraft that NASA hopes will someday take astronauts to Mars. It will be the first launch of a craft designed to carry humans outside of orbit since Project Apollo. Mr. V is our school’s gym teacher and resident space expert. He’s met with NASA specialists, organized a Train Like An Astronaut physical fitness program at the school, and chatted online with astronauts. Walt is fairly certain that Mr. V will someday send him POW! To the moon (though I think there may be a Honeymooners reference in that comment that’s going over his head). In short Mr. V is awesome. He’s that dedicated and passionate teacher that excites kids enough to run up to people and exclaim, “The Orion is launching at 7:05am tomorrow morning!!”
So in honor of Mr. V here’s the link to watch the Orion launch live from Cape Canaveral, Florida. And in case you missed it, the Orion is launching at 7:05am tomorrow morning.