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samepoohdifferentday
09-22-2008, 12:49 PM
I am planning on going to HHN on Oct 9. Will I be able to see the space shuttle launch from Universal Studios / Citywalk area (Oct 10 at 12:45am)?

Metro West
09-22-2008, 01:08 PM
I am planning on going to HHN on Oct 9. Will I be able to see the space shuttle launch from Universal Studios / Citywalk area (Oct 10 at 12:45am)?You'll be able to see a bright light streaking across the sky but that's about it...no detail or anything. It's still cool to see.

patster734
09-22-2008, 01:27 PM
You'll be able to see a bright light streaking across the sky but that's about it...no detail or anything. It's still cool to see.

Metro, do you know how bad the crowds get at the Kennedy Space Center during shuttle launches? We aren't doing HHN thursday night, so I was thinking about taking a trip to KSC for the launch.

Metro West
09-22-2008, 01:34 PM
Metro, do you know how bad the crowds get at the Kennedy Space Center during shuttle launches? We aren't doing HHN thursday night, so I was thinking about taking a trip to KSC for the launch.The traffic is much worse than the normal crowds. Since this launch is supposed to be very late/early, the timing should help keep the crowds down. It might be a good time to take the day and ride over.

patster734
09-22-2008, 02:29 PM
The traffic is much worse than the normal crowds. Since this launch is supposed to be very late/early, the timing should help keep the crowds down. It might be a good time to take the day and ride over.

Thanks. Thursday is when we arrive in Florida and should get to HRH between noon and 1 PM. Between checking into the hotel and contacting some of the Disboard members, I don't know if we'll get the time to go to KSC.

If we drive, I'd have to rent a car for the night. I looked out at the KSC website and they referred to 2 Orlando tour groups that provided transportation and a KSC viewing ticket. But the prices for those tour groups are steep at $110 per adult (for 4 adults). I'm sure my wife and I will talk about it tonight. She also liked the idea of watching the shuttle launch.

keishashadow
09-22-2008, 05:32 PM
we watched delta rocket launch from jetty park (nice, since we allowed enough time to get to swim in the ocean too:thumbsup2 ); u could see fine

many others were parked along the bridge/causeways over to port canaveral area

BPCooper
09-23-2008, 11:27 AM
You can find information on viewing here:

http://www.launchphotography.com/Shuttle_Launch_Viewing.html

Yes, absolutely try to make the trip over. Keep in mind the launch date is looking just about certain to slip a couple of days to the 11/12.

patster734
09-23-2008, 12:38 PM
we watched delta rocket launch from jetty park (nice, since we allowed enough time to get to swim in the ocean too:thumbsup2 ); u could see fine

many others were parked along the bridge/causeways over to port canaveral area

You can find information on viewing here:

http://www.launchphotography.com/Shuttle_Launch_Viewing.html

Yes, absolutely try to make the trip over. Keep in mind the launch date is looking just about certain to slip a couple of days to the 11/12.

Thank you both!:thumbsup2

I'm strongly thinking on doing this but will need to check with my group and see if they want to do this. My wife is interested and I'm pretty sure my parents won't object to watching the lift-off. If it gets delayed a day or two, we will have to skip it as I have tickets for HHN for the evening of the 10th, and we're planning to do the RPR luau on the 11th.

BPCooper
09-23-2008, 12:48 PM
Keep an eye out on these sites:

http://www.nasa.gov/missions/highlights/schedule.html
http://www.spaceflightnow.com/tracking/index.html
http://www.spaceflightnow.com/

macraven
09-23-2008, 03:37 PM
Thank you both!:thumbsup2

I'm strongly thinking on doing this but will need to check with my group and see if they want to do this. My wife is interested and I'm pretty sure my parents won't object to watching the lift-off. If it gets delayed a day or two, we will have to skip it as I have tickets for HHN for the evening of the 10th, and we're planning to do the RPR luau on the 11th.




::yes::

be there
or
be square

keishashadow
09-23-2008, 05:41 PM
sorta OT, yet just got this email & find it rather bizarre:confused3

KSC now will be offering concerts:laughing: free with admission, going for a different target audience i suppose:rolleyes:

10/18 Survivor (r they the eye of the tiger dudes:confused: )
10/25 Guess Who
and...ladies, control urselves...
11/1 Rick Springfield

https://websales.omniticket.com/ksc/index.cfm?action=1&ic_campID=4&ic_pkw=GH_FallEvents_Sept08

patster734
09-23-2008, 09:54 PM
::yes::

be there
or
be square

Umm. I'll be there, but I'm also square.

patster734
09-23-2008, 09:56 PM
sorta OT, yet just got this email & find it rather bizarre:confused3

KSC now will be offering concerts:laughing: free with admission, going for a different target audience i suppose:rolleyes:

10/18 Survivor (r they the eye of the tiger dudes:confused: )
10/25 Guess Who
and...ladies, control urselves...
11/1 Rick Springfield

https://websales.omniticket.com/ksc/index.cfm?action=1&ic_campID=4&ic_pkw=GH_FallEvents_Sept08

I give up! Who?:teeth:

macraven
09-23-2008, 10:31 PM
I give up! Who?:teeth:
:laughing:

keishashadow
09-24-2008, 08:33 AM
I give up! Who?:teeth:

:lmao: don't make me start with knock-knock jokes;)

patster734
09-24-2008, 10:42 AM
:lmao: don't make me start with knock-knock jokes;)

Who's there?:rotfl:

BPCooper
09-24-2008, 12:51 PM
It's official: STS-125/Atlantis is now due to lift off on Oct. 14 at 10:19pm EDT. STS-126/Endeavour is now due to lift off Nov. 16 at 7:07pm EST.

patster734
09-24-2008, 01:25 PM
It's official: STS-125/Atlantis is now due to lift off on Oct. 14 at 10:19pm EDT. STS-126/Endeavour is now due to lift off Nov. 16 at 7:07pm EST.

Thanks! We return home on Oct. 13th so no shuttle launch watching for me.

Cdn Friends of Pooh
09-24-2008, 05:17 PM
It's official: STS-125/Atlantis is now due to lift off on Oct. 14 at 10:19pm EDT. STS-126/Endeavour is now due to lift off Nov. 16 at 7:07pm EST.
Thanks for the update ... that date is actually much better for us schedule wise :thumbsup2

keishashadow
09-25-2008, 07:08 AM
sorry Mr. Sneetch missed it:hug: sure know what that's like...almost as though u do need a couple week window of time & flexibility:confused3 , safety 1st though!

that said, anytime after 11 am on 10/18 is okay by me;)

patster734
09-25-2008, 11:45 AM
sorry Mr. Sneetch missed it:hug: sure know what that's like...almost as though u do need a couple week window of time & flexibility:confused3 , safety 1st though!

that said, anytime after 11 am on 10/18 is okay by me;)

Thanks. Fortunately, I try to look at the positives such as not worrying about transportation to KSC and possible viewing tickets. I'll be able to spend the whole trip at Universal!:thumbsup2

Still, it would have cool to see. If it gets delayed to your dates, have fun and take pictures!

Akdar
09-25-2008, 01:21 PM
Here is a shuttle launch back in May, from the bridge between MIB and Amity

http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t247/riprufus/IMG_0465.jpg

http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t247/riprufus/IMG_0466.jpg

http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t247/riprufus/IMG_0467.jpg

http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t247/riprufus/IMG_0468.jpg

It's pretty distant, but still cool. Would have liked to have had my zoom lens and a tripod, but I forgot there was a launch that day!

Metro West
09-29-2008, 07:57 PM
This just in....Local news stations reported the shuttle mission has been pushed back to sometime in 2009. Sorry you all will miss it this year.

http://www.local6.com/technology/17583324/detail.html

BPCooper
09-29-2008, 09:38 PM
The November mission will stay as scheduled and launch first now; scheduled for Nov. 16, it may move up a couple of days.

Cdn Friends of Pooh
09-29-2008, 11:40 PM
This just in....Local news stations reported the shuttle mission has been pushed back to sometime in 2009. Sorry you all will miss it this year.

http://www.local6.com/technology/17583324/detail.html

I know ... it's a bummer, but this means we'll have more time to spend with our Florida friends :goodvibes

keishashadow
09-30-2008, 08:31 AM
thanx todd, didn't see that before now...honestly, i give up trying to coincide a trip:rolleyes: so far in advance, never seems to work out; nature of the beast i suppose/safety first.

think i'll save up some schekles & just try to catch a cheap fare down/back before the program is closed:confused3

BPCooper
10-06-2008, 02:22 PM
Tickets to view the STS-126 launch from the NASA Causeway and KSC Visitor Complex will go on-sale at 9:00 a.m. EDT, Wednesday, October 8 at:

http://www.ksctickets.com/ltt.html

...as well as by phone at 321-449-4400.

Launch ticket orders cannot be placed via email or by leaving a voice mail message. You must place your order online or by speaking to a reservation agent.

STS-126 is targeted to launch on November 14 at 7:55 p.m. EDT on a logistics, supply & repair mission to the International Space Station.

phamton
10-06-2008, 10:07 PM
Great pictures, Akdar!