Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by mdee, Dec 17, 2019.
We live approx 50 miles from the Space Coast. I snapped this picture last night during the launch.
That's cool. We saw so many launches when we lived in Lompoc. Never got old. The ICBM tests weren't all that spectacular, but when they put up the big ones, or Space X nailed the landing, that was cool.
That's pretty spectacular. Early in the SpaceX launchs, I was lucky enough to be house sitting for my SIL and BIL near Titusville. I went to one of the parks in Titusville for the launch. You could see the glow of that rocket for a good 10 minutes post launch.
We also managed to visit during a shuttle launch one year. That was absolutely exciting. Tried to catch the last launch of Discovery, but launch was postponed. We visit Kennedy Space Center and see Discovery on the launch pad though.
We were in St. Augustine about 10 years ago, having brews on the balcony of a brew pub and, boom, shuttle launch. That's as close as I've ever been to one of those. And when we still lived in So Cal we caught a simultaneous launch from Vandenberg, right before dusk. Since those are polar launches we had both tracking parallel arcs off to the west. That was cool.
But this one was the best, two years ago. We were on base, across the river, with these views:
I was at the Costco and a few of the employees and customers were outside wondering what was happening in the sky. Turned out to be contrails of a SpaceX launch that wasn't announced. The Los Angeles Fire Department had to make a statement due to people who called 911.
It even made the news at the time:
Elon Musk also made a joke on twitter: "Nuclear alien UFO from North Korea"
That launch was announced. There was a lot of publicity in advance.
Oh. Didn't know, it caught a lot of people off-guard though.
Launches always do. Even ones made so public (because Musk likes the pageantry). lol Even the "secret" spy and ICBM launches filtered out locally.
Wow, what community is this? Lol. Love the style of the houses there. A lot of weeds there though (grass)
In the eighties, I had an in-law that worked for NASA and we got access to a restricted area to see a shuttle launch up close. It was amazing
I'll bet that was amazing. Our vantage point from across the bay from KSC is something I'll never forget. I consider myself lucky we were able to experience a launch.
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