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    Beach to the north
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    Remnants of the shuttle vapor trail

    by VA_Dave Written Dec 8, 2002

    Even after the shuttle was long gone, the vapor trail hung in the sky and changed colors as it drifted apart. The shuttle bus driver who took us to and from the launch viewing area said he had seen almost 100 launches and this one was probably the most beautiful!

    Unfortunately there was a 2+ hour traffic jam getting back to the main highway after the launch, and I barely made it down to Key Largo to go scuba diving , but that is another story.

    Shuttle vapor trail drifting

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    In Florida, Cape Canaveral /...

    by Pavlik_NL Written Sep 8, 2002

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    In Florida, Cape Canaveral / Kennedy Space Centre is itself a 'Must See' activity. In the centre you should definately take the tour to the hangar of the spaceshuttle and - if possible - a visit to the launchingplatform.

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    by Iam_CDN Written Aug 25, 2002

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    This is only a picture of a launch, but truely a change of a lifetime would be to experience a shuttle launch first hand. I hear that the ground shakes, and you can see the blast from as far away as the entire Eastern seaboard.

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    Merritt Island Natioal...

    by bonio Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Merritt Island Natioal Wildlife Refuge.
    This was a total surprise for us! Cape Canaveral is not just about space, a marvellous refuge and so much unusual wildlife to look out for, and free of charge! Trails to walk or drive around. Can you spot the young gator in the picture? didn't hang around, ma and pa were maybe not too far away!

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    by Michael_D Written Aug 24, 2002

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    If you live close to NASA there is however one slight downside. Every time the shuttle lands it is preceded(ok..FOLLOWED..it just happens so fast) by two monsterous sonic booms......boom!/KABOOM!!!!..that is powerfull enough to wake you up the morning it lands.
    I had a window crack at 8am in 1998.

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    by Michael_D Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Getting back to reality, I moved to Florida for the usual palm tree and sunshine motives. One unexpected perquisite has been that living at various times between 30 and 70 miles from NASA has allowed me to see such diverse sights as a midnight rocket launch that seemed so close and vivid in the night sky I thought I was dreaming and watching the Challenger blow up as I similtaneously took pictures and listened on the TV. The latter was a sad day all around.

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    From the VAB, the shuttle is...

    by cobrioc Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    From the VAB, the shuttle is moved to one of the two launch pads by a large, tank-like vehicle called a Crawler Transporter. Moving along a gravel trail at a snail's pace, the tank-like vehicle needs eight hours to move the shuttle the roughly four miles from the VAB to the launch pad. The trail passes the Observation Gantry on its way to the launch pad.
    The Gantry is equipped with an observation deck outside and a raised platform inside.If you're lucky
    you may see a shuttle and its rockets sitting out on the pad, staring skyward toward its next destination.

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    Beach at Jetty Park

    by grandmaR Written Jul 13, 2013

    Jetty Park is a Brevard County Park which has a 4.5 acre family beach with its designated areas for swimming and surfing (lifeguards on duty year round). Day parking is $10.00

    Beach from the port entrance beach to the south flags in the park Beach to the north Folks by the channel watching the ships leave
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    Shuttle Garden

    by amybrooke Written Mar 13, 2006

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    There are so many retired pieces of NASA here. I was out in the garden for a good hour and didn't run out of things to do.

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    Discover KSC

    by jel118981 Written Sep 29, 2005

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    KSC is another theme park in Orlando!!! you can also have the opportunity to meet a real member of NASA's Astronaut Corps.

    Me with an astrounat Vehicle assembly building Cesar about to get in the KSC tour bus

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    Alligators

    by MikeAtSea Written Feb 18, 2005

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    Alligators are probably Florida’s most famous residents. Many alligators can be found sun bathing next to the many lakes and waterways.

    Alligators
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    View from the Saturn Centre

    by MikeAtSea Written Feb 18, 2005

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    Close to the Saturn Centre is a massive water way that allows a stunning view across to the launch pads. It can be accessed through a side exit.

    View from the Saturn Centre
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    Vehicle Assembly Building

    by MikeAtSea Written Feb 18, 2005

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    This is massive building is used to assemble the shuttle onto the Mobile Launch Platform. The building is almost 200 meters tall and has volume of 3.664.833 cubic meters.

    Vehicle Assembly Building
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    Go! Go! Go!

    by VA_Dave Written Dec 8, 2002

    At first the shuttle rocket exhaust was in the shadow. The crowd was still silent as the roar of the rocket reached us. It was hard to believe that there were actually people onboard

    Shuttle streaks into the sky

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    Vapor trail hits the sunlight

    by VA_Dave Written Dec 8, 2002

    Suddenly the vapor trail hits the sunlight high above the earth and it forms a rainbow of colors. Everyone around me was speechless!

    Shuttle vapor trail breaks into sunlight

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