Today we got up at 3AM and drove 2 hours north to watch the launch of the space shuttle. Security was very tight, as you would expect, but we found a place along US1 near the launch site, on the west side of the Indian River just south of Titusville.
This is a second or two after launch. You can see the Vehicle Assembly Building
to the right of the pad.
I wasn't counting the seconds (4-5 later); here
the shuttle is going through the first layer of clouds.
What is there to say! It is very spectacular.
About this time, we heard the noise; sounded like heavy thunder. It wasn't as loud
as I expected because we were some distance away.
Just before the separation of the solid rocket boosters.
The solid-fuel rockets have separated, you can see them falling behind the shuttle as it goes into orbit. We were told that at this time the rocket is 60 miles high and 450 miles down range.
Definitely worth getting up early for!
We are spending a lot of time in Vero Beach, far longer than we intended. There is some unfinished business that needs attention, and we cannot afford to be out of communication as will be the case in the Bahamas.
It's a fine place to be though. Of course, this is either a replica or the real thing;
didn't have time to look more closely - had to run for the bus.
This place is sometimes called 'Velcro Beach' because of it's popularity.
The bar is great but I think the girls are a little young!
Art in the park.
Spring training for the Los Angeles Dodgers -- I think that's Shawn Green, ex of the Blue Jays.