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Old 05-17-2007, 08:04 PM   #15
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Jetty Park Campground bound!

They got us into a site with full hookups at Jetty Park Campground so I reckon we'll count on the ocean breezes to keep us cooled down somewhat. We won't have to fight traffic, can stay four days in case the launch is delayed and enjoy the oceanside environment. I'm certain that a good bath for The Silver Bullet will be needed on our return to the mountains. I understand that Manatee has openings as does a KOA nearby. I hope we see some aluminum and AIR decals down around Titus in a few weeks.
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Old 05-17-2007, 09:57 PM   #16
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Where to camp to watch launch.

Manatee Hamock is a good place to watch the launch because it is closer to the launch pad than Jetty Park. You are across the Indian River Lagoon from the pad, while Jetty Park is several miles south of the launch pad.
The best place to watch the launch is from several public parks along the lagoon in Titusville. However, if you don't get there early, and find a free parking spot, there are private parking lots available that charge an arm and a leg.
I've seen most of the shuttle launches since the mid 90s from Titusville.We usually boondock along the road leading out to the National Seashore. The Seashore is closed 3 days before the launch, but you can still park along the road. Get there early. The view is fantastic !

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Old 05-18-2007, 11:09 AM   #17
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Thanks Cliff. We may reconsider but because of Jetty's close proximity to the ocean, we may just leave it as it is. Decisions, decisions.
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Old 05-20-2007, 08:20 AM   #18
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Thanks Cliff. We may reconsider but because of Jetty's close proximity to the ocean, we may just leave it as it is. Decisions, decisions.
As I mentioned in an earlier post to this thread, we missed the March launch because it was canceled. Hopefully someone will post pics of this event so we can all vicariously enjoy the launch!!!
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Does anyone know what time the blast off is on the Th? I looked on NASA's site but could not find a time.
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Does anyone know what time the blast off is on the Th? I looked on NASA's site but could not find a time.
Next Space Shuttle Launch
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Launch Target: June 8
Launch Time: 7:37 p.m. EDT
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As I mentioned in an earlier post to this thread, we missed the March launch because it was canceled. Hopefully someone will post pics of this event so we can all vicariously enjoy the launch!!!
If we don't get delayed for too long of a period we may get some photos for you to enjoy. Aluminum in the foreground would be nice.
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Old 05-20-2007, 02:08 PM   #22
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If we don't get delayed for too long of a period we may get some photos for you to enjoy. Aluminum in the foreground would be nice.
Thanks! And aluminum in the foreground would be nice. It could also be a "winner" in the monthly forum photo contest!
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Old 06-09-2007, 12:48 AM   #23
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I just saw on the news that the launch went off as scheduled today. NASA reported that a couple of foam chunks came off during the launch but they posed no threat. I hope the forum rally is having fun!

That is one spectacular view!

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I was able to see part of the launch about a mile down the road from my house. We had a big thunderstorm that knocked out our power for 2 hours and I was busy hooking the generator up to the transfer switch. I realized the launch was in 2 minutes and got in the truck and raced to the end of the road. I missed the first 30 seconds of the flight. We are about 150 miles NW of Cape Canaveral. Sorry no pictures!
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Nice view from Manatee Hammock

We watched the launch from Manatee Hammock, and would go there again for another launch. The view was spectacluar, without the crowds. The park closes its gates to non-campers close to launch time. There was a large grass area on the water at the end of the park where people went to watch the launch across the water.

Best of all, no traffic hassles.
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Jetty Park

We just returned from watching the Atlantis blast off while camped at Jetty Park. The park is a bit further down the road than Manatee. We had reservations at Manatee but cancelled in favor of Jetty. We'll try Manatee next time as it seems to offer similar privacy along with shaded sites. We had the beach at Jetty along with the cruise ship passage in and out of the port both of which the Grandchildren loved. Kennedy Visitors Center was awesome! We spent two days touring that site and on launch day saw and photographed the astronauts traveling to the pad in what is called an AstroVan. Looked like an Airstream to me! Security was tight with helicopter overhead and SWAT teams in convoy. We rode in a shuttle simulator and toured the space station assembly area in clear view of components being assembled for future missions. What a fun experience and we highly recommend it for anyone who hasn't seen a launch in person.
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Was down at the cape about a month ago and was thinking that although the roads are fairly empty, during a launch it's gotta get pretty busy round there....also was thinking how cool it would be to be camped in the Stream watching the liftoff!
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Glad you all are back home!! We are looking for photos!!!
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