The Swift launch in 2004 was a nail-biter as one storm after another pummeled Cape Canaveral. The satellite had arrived in July, and our launch team fretted over whether its baby, locked away in a hangar, could survive the hurricane-force winds. The October launch was delayed a week, then another week, and then a few more days. Finally, on November 20, Swift launched under clear Florida skies. Pre-launch jitters gave way to an adrenaline rush as the first data came down showing a perfectly operating observatory.