Huh, I saw the maiden Discovery launch too. My dad and I drove down from VA. I don't remember exactly where we watched from, but there was a pond near by, where the alligators were watching us. I took a few seconds to actually see it rise above the treeline. What still amazes me is how long the thrust tail was; a flame probably as long, or longer than the entire vehicle. BTW, looking forward to that open source HT.