There was a gathering on our beach yesterday.  The gathering was informal, no invitations were issued.  The beach is about 45 miles north of Kennedy Space Center where a GPS satellite launched  yesterday.  It was a morning launch so it is hard to see very much beyond a small flame and a vapor trail from our location.  The crowd on the beach was small, not like we’ve heard they used to be for shuttle launches.  But those of us who were present on that sunny and chilly morning still felt a sense of excitement and solidarity as we watched the glow become a vapor trail.  It was only visible for about 5 minutes but it was such a beautiful morning, many of us lingered, remembering the glory days of the space program and enjoying the sunshine on a winter’s day.