02-08-2010, 04:37 AM #1
- Join Date
- Apr 2007
- JUST NORTH OF CUBA-- FL,KEYS
Space Shuttle launch--who watched?
Man that was soooosweeet to watch from the beach here in South Partick Island..
Lit up the beach like the sun was coming out
02-08-2010, 07:06 AM #2
I have always wanted to see one... Maybe the next generation someday..
02-08-2010, 12:08 PM #3
- Join Date
- May 2008
- Lake Havasu
Seen one at night, back in 1990, from the little public airport next to Patrick AFB. We were standing at the end of the runway, which is next to the Indian River, so we were about as close as you can get.
It was spectacular. I had put my sunglasses on(because I had already seen a daylight launch-and that was bright), and it was blinding.
The noise is incredible. We had aviation headsets on+ear plugs(we learned from our last experience during the day), and that thing is still deafening when it launches. The ground shakes, and the roar pounds on your entire body.
What's really neat about a night launch, is you can see it, with binoculars, all the way up until about SRB separation, it's that bright.
It starts off kinda slow, just hanging in the air, just after launch....like it's lumbering to get into the air. But at night, you can really see the acceleration. That thing just flat out hauls a$$.
02-09-2010, 01:45 AM #4
- Join Date
- Mar 2009
Stayed up and watched it on the computer. Couldn't miss the last night launch of a Shuttle. Would have loved to be there in person.
I did see the first flight of the all new Boeing 747-8 today, in person.
02-09-2010, 01:59 AM #5
Wife said it was spectacular!! Best, and last, night launch to date. It turns our town into day being only 12 miles from the pad. Unfortunately I was out of town.
02-09-2010, 09:17 AM #6
02-09-2010, 02:43 PM #7
02-09-2010, 02:53 PM #8
Tell me if my calculations are off, but at 18,000 miles per hour...
1,800 mph =
30 miles per minute.
.5 (1/2) mile per second.
Would make my 154 mile trip to Mudbug take apprx 5 minutes.
02-09-2010, 03:54 PM #9
I think it's 5 miles per second.
How long would it take the space shuttle to go one light-year? The shuttle orbits the Earth at about 5 miles per second (18,000 mph). Light travels at 186,000 miles per second, which is about 37,200 times faster than the shuttle. So the shuttle would need about 37,200 years to go one light-year.
02-09-2010, 09:40 PM #10
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