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Old 03-15-2009, 05:53 PM   #1
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I'm 200 miles from the shuttle launch in Brunswick Ga, and I had good view of the shuttle. Cool!

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Old 03-15-2009, 06:28 PM   #2
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I'm 200 miles from the shuttle launch in Brunswick Ga, and I had good view of the shuttle. Cool!
I'm 10 miles, got singed by the rocket flames.

Not really but it does light up the sky here!

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Old 03-15-2009, 07:33 PM   #3
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WOW, lucky you guys!! That is something that I always wanted to see. I wanted to sit under my awning, with a beverage, and watch. Never got it done, and probably never will.
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Old 03-15-2009, 09:17 PM   #5
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Anybody get any pictures? If so, please post. I don't get to see those neat things all the way up north here.:(

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Hi All: Watched it on the T.V. then jumped outside and actually watched it right from outside our rig parked in c.g. off I-4 just on East side of TAMPA!!..all the way across the state from launch. It was spectacular even from here!! Sun had just gone down but still light outside and as rocket ascended, the lower 2/3rds of contrail showed bright orange from setting sun while the upper 1/3rd was brilliant white and ya could see first, the whole rig as a little brilliantly shining dot atop this contrail...then...ya could see when the main rocket separated and two shining specs slowly drew apart. Sure was beautiful, even way over here in Tampa. Steve & Lynette
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The photo below was taken from the campground where we are staying north of Tampa about 90 miles from Kennedy Space Center. You can see the orange to yellow to white smoke trail that Chickadee mentioned.

This is our third live launch, and it was the most spectacular by far (even though we were 90 miles away) because of the time of day. It took place less than 15 minutes after sunset, and the colors of the smoke trail from the solid booster rockets were fantastic.
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Wow!!!!!!Great shots,really neat!!!! I saw a launch 2 years ago,and I was about 10-15 miles south,southwest on the mainland and I couldn't see how quickly the thing turns down after launch.After seeing lots of lift-offs on TV,I just assumed the thing went straight up,'cause thats the way it looks on TV.But from where I saw the lift-off,they just went away from me and I could not see the turn down,and all I saw was the exausts.
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They are most spectacular when viewed from the bridge in Titusville. A few years back I took some friends to view a launch, it was their first one.
From that location you can see it from liftoff and watch it roll as it rises.

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In the early 80's I watch a launch from Jetty Park at Cape Canaveral. It was one of the highlights of my life. We were parked in the over flo by the water inlet. It was fantastic.
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I got to watch the launch from the NASA causeway. It was so awesome. For those of you in the area for a launch try to do that or Titusville as wagon217 said. It is unforgettable. The causeway is as close as they let us regular folk get. The family viewing area is a little closer. They put the tix on sale 30 days before a launch and they sell out immediately. There are tix also for the KSC Visitors Center, which are normal price, and there they have standby for the causeway if you want to wait in line. Good view from there also except the trees block the actual launch pad.

Whaler, they told us at an status update during the day that it looks to us like it turns down because it has gone over the horizon.

The last shuttle launch is scheduled for next year.

BTW another thing I learned while at KSC for the launch there is a link on NASA website to see spacestation. Go to http://www.nasa.gov and look down the right side there is a link for the International Spacestation. On that page you enter the state you are in then closest town and it tells you when and where to look for it and how long it is visible. When the shuttle is up, it is listed also. It looks like a moving star to the naked eye. If the shuttle is going there, the shuttle's first 2 days in space and last 2 days you will see 2 objects because it is not docked to the station.
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We just watched the Space Station come over our area the other evening at 19:59 to 20:04 hours (7:59-8:04 p.m. for you civilians) It was the only light in the sky at that time, dusk.

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