I thought I'd share a story about a recent trip to the USA. I often travel with my Speedy 9300 because I like to track home time on the combined chrono subdial. While I was away recently, I had the opportunity to visit the Kennedy Space Center. The highlight was seeing the Atlantis orbiter. They have done a wonderful job with the exhibit. Like many here at OF, I'm a bit of a fan of the space program, so the Speedmaster line holds a special appeal. And I grew up in the 80s, so for all its shortcomings, the shuttle has a special place in my heart. Speedies and space shuttles: That's always going to be a good day But there are a couple of reasons why this visit to KSC was extra-special. The first was that it completed my little project of seeing each of the remaining orbiters on static display. I've now been lucky enough to see Discovery, Endeavour, Atlantis, and even Enterprise up close and personal. The second was that this was not the first time I'd seen Atlantis. In fact the last time I laid eyes on Atlantis it looked like this ... That image captures the moment just before Atlantis disappeared into the clouds for the last time on the morning of July 8th, 2011. On that day, my partner and I and about a million of our closest friends saw this vehicle's final launch and the beginning of the very last mission of the shuttle program: STS-135. It nearly didn't happen. The weather was bad most of the morning and a problem with a sensor caused a halt in the countdown with about 30 seconds to go! But eventually it did happen. This very large, extraordinarily complex, and beautiful machine roared skywards carrying four lucky souls and no doubt a few Speedmasters. It was awesome. Seeing people leave the planet is something very special. It makes you feel like we're actually doing OK for a bunch of glorified monkeys. I have since had the pleasure and privilege of meeting two of the four crew members who flew on Atlantis that day and they've been kind enough to sign my launch day program and commemorative ticket. Both commented that they weren't given a commemorative ticket! Was it bad that I didn't offer to give them mine? If you ever have the opportunity, I'd highly recommend a visit to KSC. And if you make it there, don't miss the Atlantis exhibit. It's the best of the shuttle exhibits in my opinion. Thanks for reading!