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Discussion in 'TV Show Talk' started by Nick, Jun 2, 2007.
OUCH!!! No budget for that at the moment and the local camera shop won't rent me one.
I'll watch, but not live. I watched the Challenger disaster replay too many times as a kid. I always get a little nervous when a shuttle goes up.
This one could be quite interesting since it is later in the day and the sun angles will be very good for picture taking (or HDTV shooting). From where I normally stand, the sun will be nearly directly behind me lighting up the shuttle quite nicely. I normally am able to get about 10 miles away almost due west of the launch pad. The map here: http://www.pbase.com/rking401/image/66576651 shows where I have been for the last couple of launches.
Nice spot... Were you past the causeway and close to the Merritt Island Wildfire Refuge Welcome center? Or were you back closer to the marina? You can actually go closer to Playalinda Beach. The beach and it's access used to be closed when there was a shuttle on the pad, until the road was "moved" outside the safety/security zone. Going to the beach, you used to passed the train gate that enters the north side of the launch complexes
I'm about 7 miles down the road from there on US 1 (east side) If it wasn't for the trees I could see the pads from my from my backyard. I'd cut 'em down, back the DEP frowns on cutting mangroves....
The place I go is just off of Titusville, where you would normally go to get to Playalinda Beach. They have a road block set up right before entering the island where I stop and don't allow anyone beyond that point during a launch.
I have to admit you guys are making me jealous. I grew up in Rockledge, watching Apollo and Shuttle launches. Haven't been back when a launch was scheduled for about 15 years now. I've only had HD for about 2 months now, and I'm anxious to see how it compares for a launch. (Can't compare to being there.)
We are getting some storms rolling in today. I hope they roll out before launch time. Right now I have lost my satellite signal, which is a very rare occurance.
+1 I'm hyped now. I have it set to record. I won't be able to watch it live and you guys got me wishing I was down there.
Forecast calls for the rain and most of the clouds to be gone by Launch time...
The only bad part is all the tourist in the local area. I was planning on going to dinner prior to the launch, but I just may put those plans off.
I'm getting the idea that you don't like tourist/ out-of-towners lol. I guess it must be pretty bad to where you don't even want to go out to eat. I have not contributed to that but I hope to one day. Sorry in advance.
Has anyone seen the 3D IMAX feature on the space station? That has a shuttle launch sequence, and you feel like you are right on board! It was awesome!
I saw it at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum's IMAX theatre, It was WAY COOL!
Still overcast here.
I'm not going to be home for the launch. I'm thinking that I should pad the recording. In your experience, is there a typical launch window for a shuttle launch? How long should I pad?
I think the window is only about 10 minutes tonight. Check out Spaceflightnow.com for details.
Ten minutes is correct. I found it on NASA's web site. Thanks Richard.
I hope I can catch it, major storm up here in the northeast.
Made it dinner and back....
US 1 has sooooooo many tourist on it that the sheriff and local cops are having to force people to use the cross walks!
I almost ran over atleast 10 of them J-walking!
It's VERY bad. The tourist here for the launch ignore the traffic signals, block intersections, try to cross major roads without using the cross-walks, park on private property (I have to rope off my front yard, otherwise these idiots park on my lawn, and I'm on a side street!), and could care less about their safety or anyone elses!
They'll run each other over (or anyone else) to get a parking spot to watch the shot. After it's over, they'll try and kill each other to get out into traffic!
I don't mind the tourist or the snowbirds if they have some consideration for the local residents. But most don't!
The launch was sweet!!!