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"Haul down the colors and secure the watch"

STS-88 Endeavour by Red Huber
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Launching Our Dreams: A Shuttle Retrospective {22:08} Russia sends up the first component, Zarya. The first U.S. module, Unity, is loaded onto the shuttle Endeavour. This new international era in space starts with a bit of magic. "There's a picture Red Huber took, it is a rainbow over Endeavour sitting out on the pad. And I have to share a little private story, my daughter and I are real Wizard of Oz aficionados. We launched… everything went absolutely perfect, we're on orbit and the wakeup music for our first day in orbit was Judy Garland singing Somewhere Over the Rainbow, and man it brought tears to my eyes… And I always tell folks somewhere over the rainbow dreams come true because we launched over that rainbow that night and that was a dream flight and everything went absolutely perfect." —Robert Cabana, Director, Kennedy Space Center, STS-88 Commander

Destiny is not a matter of chance — it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for — it is a thing to be achieved. William Jennings Bryan

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@CAScienceCenter Endeavour (OV-105) California Science Center, Los Angeles, CA

@AirandSpace Discovery (OV-103) Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington, D.C.

@IntrepidMuseum Enterprise (OV-101) Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, New York, NY

…they know that you don't have to have a highly visible job to be important in this business. Bob Sieck, Former Shuttle Launch Director

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Presentation of the ensign to the last Commanding Officer and thus is officially no longer in service as a United States Navy ship.

USS Nassau decommissioned from service
Thursday, 31 Mar 2011, 3:23 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - Over three decades of military service came to an end Thursday as the USS Nassau (LHA 4) was decommissioned at Naval Station Norfolk. "Haul down the colors and secure the watch," was ordered by one U.S. Navy officer. As crewmen from the amphibious assault ship disembarked the USS Nassau for the last time, the falling rain seemed appropriate for the occasion. "This is not rain, these are tears," said Vice Adm. Peter Daily. "Tears because we're saying goodbye to a magnificent ship. Maybe a little bit before it's time." In its 31 years of service, the Nassau carried Marines and sailors in support of military and humanitarian missions from Lebanon, Iraq and Haiti - missions similar to those carried out today off the coast of Libya and ashore in Japan in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake. "We are witnessing a living clinic for why we need amphibious power in our Navy," said VADM Daily. As the Navy retired the Nassau, her last commander reminded the audience that a ship, in and of itself, is nothing more than steel. "Nassau was brought to life by people," said Captain Samuel Norton. "People have made Nassau Special." People like Jim McGaha, who joined the ship about a year after she was commissioned in 1979. "When I come on the ship that's one thing, said McGaha, "but I've not seen these guys in thirty years so that was reason enough to come back." "Whether you're a sailor or Marine, you're a part of Nassau and you'll always be a part of the "Top Gator" team," said CAPT Norton. As the decommissioning ceremony closed, one final pronouncement was made aboard the ship was made for all to hear: "The men and women, both past and present that have served in Nassau gave her life for almost 32 years. Now as machinery is secured, the lights go dark, the hatches are closed and the last sailor goes ashore, her decks fall silent as she exhales her last breath and goes into history having proudly and faithfully served our nation." The Nassau now heads to a facility in Beaumont, Texas, where it will stay in storage in case the Navy decides to reactivate the ship.

Posted: 4:04 PM 7/22/2011

Tags: atlantis, cabana, charlie, discovery, endeavour, enterprise, rainbow, redhuber, shuttle, uss nassau

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