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I grew up with Atlantis; the shuttle program has always been very near and dear to me, as I always wanted to be an astronaut but ended up an artist, ha!!!
I love the orbiters like family: I mourned Challenger and Columbia like I would a beloved sibling, and I always, always will. To this day I cannot think of them without crying, and I am not ashamed in the slightest about that.
Columbia, Challenger, and Discovery rolled out before my age of reason, but Atlantis and Endeavour were born when I was old enough to remember; therefore, Atlantis is my first beloved little sister and Endeavour is my adored youngest sister.
This series is a tribute to my dear Atlantis. Every time I get the chance to go home to Satellite Beach I go to visit her! The orbiter techs who helped build her, and now work in the exhibit building where she resides these days, always tell me the same thing: "y'know, when you enter the room you have the same reaction as the astronauts who come to see her: you stop by her nose, transfixed...and then you tear up and stay there for ages." <3