We had a hotel room in Cocoa Beach and joined the other guests on the 8th floor to watch the lift-off. No tail of fire like we'd expected, but it was pretty incredible to watch.
The next day we went to the Kennedy Space Center and spent the day. To say we were awe-struck is an understatement. We saw rockets, we saw models of space capsules, we walked on the gantry that the Apollo astronauts walked on. We went to the I-Max theatre to see a 3-D film about space and the Hubble Telescope, we saw the Space Shuttle Atlantis, we went in the shuttle simulator and felt what it's like to take off. We had the most incredible day and didn't have time to take the bus out to the launch pads--that alone is 2 1/2 hours. We will be going back, probably this Fall if they're having a daylight launch. You can view it from the viewing stands at the Space Center.
The launch we saw was an unmanned mission to resupply the International Space Center.
We learned about the present mission they're working on, the Orion missions that will begin going to Mars and sometime in the 2030's will culminate in a manned mission to Mars lasting somewhere between 2 1/2 - 3 years.
The pictures we took don't do justice to what we saw, can't wait to go back.
|Here it is, no fire tail like we'd expected|