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Old 04-11-2010, 02:05   #16
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It was on my list of things to see also.

BUt when I arrived in Key West after a non stop trip from Colombia a strange thing happened (this was back in the early 80's). I was talking to a guy on the dock who had seen my foreign flag, and he asked me where I would be heading. I got all excited and said I wanted to see a shuttle launch as i had heard they were really spectacular. He got seriously pissed, thought he was going to hit me.
Turns out that due to my common practice of not listening to any radio while at sea I was about the only person on the face of the planet who didn't know it had exploded just after liftoff a few days earlier.
Of course after that they didn't send another one up for ages and i missed out.
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Old 04-11-2010, 11:39   #17
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We were hoping to see the launch as well. Per the local news, NASA is now showing only 20% go. If they don't launch by Friday (and the weatherman says its unlikely) the next date is Dec 1.

And the newspaper I read said it was because of "unacceptable sun angles".

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I used to live in Brevard County and have seen many shuttle launches as well as all of the Apollo launches. The Launch complexes are on the north side of the cape so the further north you can get the better the view in most cases. Just south of the railroad bridge north of titusville is pretty good. There's some pretty deep water on the west side of the channel to anchor and as others have already pointed out you're not allowed on the east side during a launch. Good luck.
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