When I saw that shuttle take off at dusk, it was the most unbelievable experience. I got tears in my eyes; my heart pounded. I was proud to be an American, to see that we could do something that awesome.

Quote from William Parsons, Ninth Director of the Kennedy Space Center. From a display at KSC.

I get tears in my eyes, too. Tears of joy. Tears of awe. Tears of pride in what humans are capable of.