Roamy here. I admit to being a packrat, and I started early. I watched the first Shuttle launch April 12, 1981 with my parents. I saved the article from the Augusta Chronicle the next day and glued it to cardstock from the paper mill my dad worked at for 31 years. I had no dreams of working for NASA back then, not even on my radar as a possibility, but I was still fascinated by that beautiful flying machine.
30 years later, one last successful launch of the space shuttle. “Bittersweet” has been overused, but I can’t think of any better word to describe work today. I tell myself that I know there will still be awe-inspiring moments ahead, and there’s future engineers watching.