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Kennedy Space Center 1
« on: February 05, 2010, 11:08:42 AM »
We went to Cocoa Beach last year at the end of August for the weekend to celebrate our 1st wedding anniversary and we had a great time!  The highlight of our trip was a night launch of the Space Shuttle from the Kennedy Space Center.  We had never seen a Space Shuttle launch before and to see it at night was spectacular!  It lit up the entire sky and we could feel the ground shake and we could hear the roar.  I took some photos, but it's only an orange dot in the black sky.  I should have done a time exposure... hindsight is 20/20 as they say.  

The night launch was Friday night, so we decided to spend Saturday and Sunday touring the Kennedy Space Center.  When you buy a ticket, it's good for two days, so we managed to see everything that way.  It's simply too big to see in just one day.  

Kennedy Space Center has a new attraction/ride called the Shuttle Launch Experience.  It vibrates and tilts to give you the sensation of an actual launch and it was great fun to do after seeing the night launch the night before.  

They also have movies and an IMAX theater that took up some time.  Plus there are several buildings to walk through and look at all of the exhibits.  It's very fascinating as Spock on Star Trek used to say.  

On the second day, we took the several hour bus tour of the launch pads and facilities, preparation buildings, space station modules, and it really did take several hours.  That's why you can't see it all in one day.  See posts 3 and 4 for those pictures.  

I was especially happy to see the Space Shuttle launch pad that was used 2 days before we saw it.  It was cool to see the launch facility right after the night launch.  

We had a very memorable weekend and we highly recommend that you take a weekend to visit it.  As of this writing there are only about 5 launches left before the Shuttle Program ends, so go check it out!  
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Re: Kennedy Space Center 1
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2010, 06:07:06 PM »
The last Shuttle launch at night happened at about 4:20am on Monday Feb. 8, 2010, so we saw the second to last night launch, I think. 

Below is a picture from our local free newspaper that I scanned for you.  It was taken from downtown Tampa and you can see the launch clear across Florida. 

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