There's something awe inspiring about watching technology, developed over twenty years ago, in action like that. Think about how, in the span of this video (two minutes seven seconds) the shuttle went from ground level to the edge of our atmosphere. Think about the acceleration needed, the power of the engines lifting the craft, all the planning and coordination needed to accomplish such a feat.
I think Rush really caught the feeling with their song "Countdown" off of their album "Signals".
Like a pillar of clouds, the smoke lingers high in the air.
In fascination, with the eyes of the world we stare.