Fourteen Seconds

Fourteen seconds till

One. liftoff.

Thirteen, the mission to make history.

Two years preparation waiting for

Twelve, a miracle of engineering and

Three hours of checklists

Eleven, with the emblem of the eagle

Four minutes later: outside the bounds of our horizon.

Ten emblazoned on every jumpsuit and

Five, set to be higher than ever before

Nine bolts keeping the stages from buckling

Six astronauts tied to a firecracker

Eight, the curtain drawn for

Seven. ignition.

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