You know how they say patience and dedication pay off? Those people are wrong.

Okay, so I can't really say they are wrong because in the end it was all my fault.

If you've been following along the past couple of weeks, I have been trying to watch a rocket launch. The rocket was launching from Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia and was going to release canisters that disperse different color vapors. These vapors would create red, blue, and green clouds and would allow scientists to measure the motion of particles in space.

via NASA.gov

Well...

A few weeks ago when this all started I woke up 3 days in a row around 3:30 AM to get myself to the beach by 4:20 AM. I had to wake up at 3:30 to give myself plenty of time to lay in bed thinking how early it was before I got up.

All 3 times I went the launch was scrubbed.

Then the week after they switched the launch times to 9:20 PM. I liked this so much better. Again, I got myself to the beach on those days to end up turning back around to go home.

My patience was withering and my spirits were slipping. All I wanted was to be able to film these cool looking clouds for you. However, when it mattered most I didn't come through.

After all of that time and effort I put in, I failed. I failed you and I failed myself. All that I have now is a bitter taste in my mouth for this stupid rocket...

I woke up this morning at 3:30 AM, like I had many times before. I checked Facebook to make sure they were still going to attempt the launch. They were. The next thing I knew I was waking up again, but this time it was 5:30 AM. I quickly searched for my phone to check Facebook hoping the launch was scrubbed again like it had been many times before.

It wasn't. It actually launched.

All of those days I went to the beach are now for nothing.

I am ashamed.

However, there is a silver lining. This was the first time NASA was performing this sort of test with the canisters and if memory of science classes throughout my time at school serves me right, they will have to do it again. You cannot collect accurate results with just one test. So there is still hope.

Here is the launch I missed:

Photos from the launch: