All these years I've thought the Space Shuttle was awesome....blasting off into "space".
Such a risky thing!
Or maybe not.
You see, the Space Shuttle "blasts off" and goes up roughly 100-1000 miles up into what is called low earth orbit.
A hundred miles or so...maybe a few hundred miles up. Whoop-dee-woo!
Big flippin' deal. I drive about 60 miles a day to work.
Earlier this year I flew to Texas which was probably 1800 miles or so.
Am I a "hero" like Space Shuttle "astronauts" who fly all of 100 miles up and then turn off engines and just glide around in a circle?
I don't turn my motor off and I drive on bumpy roads. A hero.
And I have gravity to deal with.