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Old 03-10-08, 05:47 PM
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STS 123 launch thread :latest shuttle launch ever?

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/sh...123/index.html
I'd hate to live within 5 miles of the pad with a launch that late at night (or early in the morning) talk about hard to sleep through
I'll set my alarm and watch it on HDNET
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Old 03-10-08, 05:53 PM
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2:28 a.m. EDT

I actually saw the first night time launch and I thought it was around the same time...

(Is there anyone that lives that close? 5 Miles? I thought the control center was 2-3 miles away)

Edited to add: (I was 4am or so)
STS-84 Mission: Sixth Shuttle-Mir Docking
Space Shuttle: Atlantis
Launch Pad: 39A
Launched: May 15, 1997 4:07:48 a.m. EDT
Landing Site: Kennedy Space Center, Florida
Landing: May 24, 1997, 9:27:44 a.m. EDT
Runway: 33
Rollout Distance: 8,384 feet
Rollout Time: 51 seconds
Revolution: 144
Mission Duration: 9 days, 23 hours, 19 minutes, 56 seconds
Orbit Altitude: 184 statute miles
Orbit Inclination: 51.6 degrees
Miles Traveled: 3.6 million

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Yeah, I don't think anyone lives within TWENTY miles of the pad.

And I thought NASA scrapped night shuttle launches after the Columbia accident because they couldn't see ice, foam, etc., if it hit the wing.
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Old 03-10-08, 08:39 PM
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This is actually the second night launch (since Columbia) July Fourth being the first. I live pretty close to the space center and I am not looking forward to the early launch. It will make my 4 oclock drive to work AWFUL! But on the other hand I get to see the shuttle launch
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Oh and at the last moment my wife and I were given a pass to see the last launch from the space center, so all we had was our handheld camera. Here is the video for anyone interested.


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Wow, that was friggin' awesome.

EDIT: Crap. It was video from 1996. Nevermind.
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I've been to the space center, pretty nice area. Would love to be at a launch, maybe for the new orion ships.
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Originally Posted by DVD Polizei
Wow, that was friggin' awesome.

EDIT: Crap. It was video from 1996. Nevermind.

All we had with us was our crappy handheld camera, I wanted to take pictures she wanted to do video... She won

In case you wern't being sarcastic (the later it gets the harder it is for me to tell) This was the launch from Febuary...
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I've been to the space center, pretty nice area. Would love to be at a launch, maybe for the new orion ships.

I have had friends stay with me for a while trying to catch the launch, Most of the time it has been scrubbed... Hopefully the Orion launch window will be wider.
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Old 03-10-08, 10:42 PM
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Originally Posted by shadowhawk2020
This is actually the second night launch (since Columbia) July Fourth being the first.
I was in Orlando for work in December 2006 and drove over for the scheduled night launch on December 7, but it was scrubbed due to weather. I was still in town 2 days later, but was at Epcot when it launched at 8:47 PM.

The July 4, 2006, launch was at 2:37 PM, not a night launch.

Here's a photo of the December launch from Epcot (forgive the blurriness; I was in Epcot, of course I was drunk):



Because I don't want to upload just a crappy photo, here are some other rocket launches from later than night:

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So I thought Nasa wasn't doing night launches since the last little incident, because they wanted to tape the launch and review for tiles falling off...
Or are they more confident know on the tiles now?
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Originally Posted by shadowhawk2020
Oh and at the last moment my wife and I were given a pass to see the last launch from the space center, so all we had was our handheld camera. Here is the video for anyone interested.


That looked like an episode of NYPD Blue...
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Old 03-11-08, 12:34 AM
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does anyone know of a live video coverage link of STS123 launch on the web ?
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http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html



in case anyone wants to watch. they have play by play coverage of all the pre-flight checks etc.., pretty neat-
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can you actually see it from that far away ?
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That was pretty cool. Glad I stayed up for it... of course it's only 11:49 here.
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I've always wanted to see a launch. I actually lived in FL for a few years (on the west coast) and remember hearing the sonic booms when it was coming home.

I remember stories my folks have told me about the Apollo Launches (they lived in Vero Beach). They would go to cocao beach and watch the launches. They said they would start the engines and you would immediately feel the heat (remember your like 20 miles away across water), then about 10 second later you would see the shock wave crossing the water towards you and then the wind and sound would hit you when the shock wave arrived and you couldn't hear a thing.

Remember that ONE of the Saturn 5 engines from the apollo rockets will lift the shuttle, tank, and rocket boosters

and they did it all on a fraction of the computing power
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Old 03-11-08, 11:25 AM
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HDNet carried it live. Now that was cool to watch in HD.
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