I just finished booking some airline tickets, a rental car, hotel room, and launch transportation tickets ... for the Space Shuttle launch October 8th. I'm SO EXCITED - I can't wait! My dad and I decided it was finally time to get our collective act together and go see a shuttle launch. He and I are both very avid space program fans, and so seeing a shuttle launch is one of those "lifetime dream" sort of events for us! Launch tickets went on sale this morning at 9:00am. They were sold out by 9:06am - but I already had mine by then ... now I have to hope that NASA doesn't scrub the launch ... I made sure to purchase airline tickets that are easily changed (Southwest Airlines), so if the launch scrubs or moves before we fly down, we'll be OK. I don't think words will convey just how excited I am. I can't wait!!! So - has anyone witnessed a launch (I'm sure some of you have!) - any tips ??? We purchased the "launch transportation" package online, which includes tickets to the Causeway - about 6 miles from the launch pad. Has anyone done this? Is the view any good? I'm totally unconcerned with photography, since a) It's a night launch; and b) I want to fully experience it.... Thanks for letting me vent - I just had to share!