The kids and I went to Disney World and on a cruise in January 2003 and saw the Columbia take off. It was an amazing sight. We were so sad when the disaster occurred two weeks later- it seemed so awesome and invulnerable when we watched it lift off. Quite a sight!
Wow! I bet that experience will stick with you for the rest of your lives.
We received news that our unit was activated for gulf war II (Iraqi Freedom) the day the shuttle broke up. What a day that was!