Coach Martinez and family witnessed the last launch of the space shuttle program from Titusville, Florida on July 8, 2011. In the background, you can see the plume left behind by the space shuttle Atlantis.
We arrived in Titusville, after a short drive in from Orlando at 5:30 a.m. We had been worried that the flight would be cancelled due to bad weather, it had rained hard all night long. We were greeted with a humid, muggy, and damp morning. While we attempted to get comfortable, a large pod of bottleneck dolphins surfaced to frolic and feed just a few feet away from our location. The launch of the space shuttle Atlantic was both exciting and sad… I was glad that my daughter had a chance to see a space shuttle launch, truly one of the magnificient achievements of the American people. Nearly one million people gathered in the area to watch the Atlantis fly to the heavens.
Shortly, after Atlantis successfully enters the clouds, the camera falls on Team Martinez, near the water’s edge on the lower right-hand side of the video.