TYLER, TX (KLTV) - One East Texan was at the Kennedy Space Center this morning when Atlantis landed.
Today, he shared his photos and spoke with us about the historic landing.
"It's an incredible sight to see. A spacecraft dropping out of the darkness, landing into the klieg lights, sort of silently roaring - if we can say such a thing- down the tarmac gliding to a finish," said Scott Lieberman.
Lieberman has photographed years of NASA launchings and landings. He said he couldn't pass up this historic finale.
"It's a very exciting moment, but of course it's a very bittersweet moment. It's the end of a fairly successful but dangerous program that has brought a lot of advances. A lot of interest in science and a lot of development in technology," he said.
Lieberman is also a physician in Tyler. He said his role as a cardiologist is easier because of the shuttle program.
"Some of the balloons and stints and catheters were developed either for space travel or as a part of space travel. It's very much a part of our lives even if we're not traveling with these astronauts on a daily basis," Lieberman said.
NASA will concentrate their time and money elsewhere for now.
But, many like Lieberman, who witnessed the shuttles come and go, won't forget the program's 40 years of missions.
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