The above paragraph is from a blog post I wrote about the last flight of the STS. I grew up with the shuttle program and I feel a kinship with the brilliant, complex machine and the people who made each flight possible. This poster was done with gratitude for 30 amazing years and hopes for flights to come. I decided to feature the shuttle in full 'stack' with the rocket boosters and external fuel tank racing into a sun-bleached sky. The program, so broad in reach, was very complicated, but the desires were so basic. For this reason, I stuck to simplicity with graphic lines and understated text. Though space was this craft's destination, the moment of liftoff was like the break of a new day, the first step of a promising journey. That sense of tense potential is why I chose to depict the shuttle still within the grips of earth's atmosphere.
The versions below feature quotes picked by myself and a fellow NASA lover. I chose the Eliot quote because I feel it paints a perfect picture of how the shuttle program has, in allowing us to explore, taught us so very much about ourselves. A friend chose the quote by Beaton and I believe it conveys the unconventional thinking that must be present when undertaking something as risky and exceptional as space flight.