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The last three Shuttle Launches

Whatcha think? Would there be any interest in having a get together centered around one of the last three Space Shuttle launches?

As currently scheduled, they will occur on:

May 14 - 2:19 PM - Atlantis
July 29 - 7:51 AM - Endeavour
Sept 16 - 11:57 AM - Discovery


Those attending, and who wanted to be sure to see the liftoff should plan on staying for at least an extra day, in the event the flight is delayed.

Plans could include a tour of the Kennedy Space Center.

Just food for thought. Maybe not realistic. I've only seen one shuttle launch from the vicinity, and that was 18 years ago. I'd love to see another before the program is retired. Anyone else?
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I would love to.. and have talked about trying to make one of them..

I don't realistically see it happening.. but would love to try.
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The traffic in and out of the area for the 6-something AM liftoff for the last shuttle flight was silly. I'd expect for premier viewing, camping out on a beach long, long before would be the way to go. Too many people who were heading over to see the launch ended up with a view from the highway. Don't plan on being anywhere for a while after the launch, either.

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I might end up going down for the 29th one. This depends upon my work status at that time. Most of the time I just watch the launches from my sister's house over in Titusville. Just go out in the front yard and it is pretty easy to see.

Main thing is how close you want to get is how bad traffic will be. If you stay on the west side of the river things are better though lots of people camp out there waiting.



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The traffic in and out of the area for the 6-something AM liftoff for the last shuttle flight was silly. I'd expect for premier viewing, camping out on a beach long, long before would be the way to go. Too many people who were heading over to see the launch ended up with a view from the highway. Don't plan on being anywhere for a while after the launch, either.

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First, very glad to know you're working, John!
Traffic in the whole viewing area is always "silly" for any manned launch. In truth, the crowds are part of "the experience" of viewing a launch on location. Kinda like a Woodstock for space nerds? LOL
I've been to four manned launches (including the one I videoed, above), and they've, every one of them, been crazy crowded. But, the crowd has a unity of mind, and that's cool. I may make a mini-vacation out of one of the launches myself, if there is no interest in a get together.
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I might end up going down for the 29th one. This depends upon my work status at that time. Most of the time I just watch the launches from my sister's house over in Titusville. Just go out in the front yard and it is pretty easy to see.
Cool, we can all go to your sister's house then? LOL
Yeah, I've done two of my launches from Titusville, one from Cocoa Beach, and one from Merit Island.
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She might let you set up a tent in the front yard. You can see the launches perfect from the front yard perfect. Last time I was down we went to some bar to watch a nighttime rocket launch. It delayed and delayed until we finally went home. Soon as we pulled into the driveway they launched and we saw that one from the front yard too.

I think she is putting it up for sale soon, there you go it'd be perfect.



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...name the place and time and I will schedule a "work" trip to Naples...

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...name the place and time and I will schedule a "work" trip to Naples...

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Ummm, but, Naples is about 240 miles from the viewing area.
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I don't see a July shuttle launch

From NASA - remaining launches:


Date: May 14 +
Mission: STS-132
Launch Vehicle: Space Shuttle Atlantis
Launch Site: Kennedy Space Center - Launch Pad 39A
Launch Time: 2:20 p.m. EDT
Description: Space shuttle Atlantis mission will carry an integrated cargo carrier to deliver maintenance and assembly hardware, including spare parts for space station systems. In addition, the second in a series of new pressurized components for Russia, a Mini Research Module, will be permanently attached to the bottom port of the Zarya module.

Date: Sept. 16 + (same time as Dragon trip I believe)
Mission: STS-133
Launch Vehicle: Space Shuttle Discovery
Launch Site: Kennedy Space Center - Launch Pad 39A
Launch Time: 11:57 a.m. EDT
STS-133 Description: Space shuttle Discovery will deliver the Express Logistics Carrier 4 (ELC4), a Multi-Purpose Logistics Module (MLPM) and critical spare components to the International Space Station.

Date: Mid-Nov *
Mission: STS-134
Launch Vehicle: Space Shuttle Endeavour
Launch Site: Kennedy Space Center - Launch Pad 39A
Launch Time: To Be Determined
STS-134 Description: Space shuttle Endeavour will deliver an EXPRESS Logistics Carrier-3 (ELC-3) and an Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) to the International Space Station.
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Mister P: Yep, you're right <sigh> the schedule has been changed since my original post, almost a month ago. And, further changes could be made. Drat, sure makes it hard to plan a viewing trip, months in advance. But, that's the nature of the beast.

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