And It Is Still Amazing and Wonderful

In my country, I can travel to a spaceport, and watch, with my very own eyes, the launch of a SPACESHIP.

Pictures upon our return.

UPDATE: Traffic from Titusville to Cocoa Beach is unpossible after a launch. But…totally worth it. (click for larger)

STS-124 launch

STS-124 launch

STS-124 downrange

STS-124 downrange

This is a Patriot’s Journey post. Remember to check out the other Patriotic Journeyers: Drumwaster, The Bastage, Inessential Musings, and The Edge of Reason

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3 Responses to “And It Is Still Amazing and Wonderful”

  1. Drumwaster Says:
    May 31st, 2008

    I think it would be pretty cool to watch one of them land, too. I find in incredible that we have the world’s only active Spaceport.

  2. Bob@thenest Says:
    June 1st, 2008

    I’ve watched several launches from afar, but I’ll never see one quite the same way again as I’m just about finished reading “Riding Rockets: The Outrageous Tales of A Space Shuttle Astronaut” by Astronaut Mike Mullane.

    Definitely worth a look, it is in layman’s terms, occasionally hilarious and occasionally grim, there isn’t much one could want to know of a shuttle mission that isn’t covered.

  3. Kevin Baker Says:
    June 4th, 2008

    I grew up in Titusville, FL, 1966-1974. I saw all the Saturn V/Apollo launches either from the shore of the Indian River across from Launch Complex 39, or from my front yard in the case of Apollo XVII.

    I have yet to personally witness a shuttle launch, though there was one on the pad when I returned to Florida in 1995 on my honeymoon (STS-69 – rolled back to the VAB due to Hurricane Erin). I can’t imagine it would be more impressive than watching a Saturn leave the planet, but I’d still like to see one go.


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