Two years ago I had the supreme honor and pleasure to be part of the launch party at Cape Canaveral, FL for the Kepler Mission. It was an amazing evening - the week had been plagued with rain and unseasonably cool weather (for Florida), but the skies cleared and the launch was good to go.
It has been an an incredible journey ever since. As the spouse of a Kepler Participating Scientist, I get to experience second-hand all the crazy-long nights of data-crunching, teleconferencing, gnashing of teeth and esctactic jumping when programs work. And the mission found cool stuff almost immediately, and data continues to stream in. These are exciting times!