Saturday, September 12, 2009

Rocket Launch

This week I got to ESCAPE to Cocoa Beach for an overnight trip with a friend. Even though we were only gone overnight, it felt like we were gone from home for a week!!! NICE!!! Taking the leisurely 2 hour drive up A1A along the beach probably helps, as well as stopping for lunch along the way. We know we are almost there when we pass. . . .

and then see The World's Famous Surf Shop Ron Jon's. It's huge - takes up an entire block.

After settling into my friend's condo, we await the Atlas 5 rocket launch. The launch window opened at 5:35 p.m. and the weather looked okay, but since the rocket payload was CLASSIFIED, the local news channel didn't do a lot of advance coverage - nothing like the coverage they do when one of the shuttles goes off. So at 5:35 p.m., I stood at the front door of the condo and looked one way and saw the TV with the rocket ready to go,

and then less than a minute later out the front door, there it was flying off!

and as I moved outside I could hear the low rumble of the rocket as it made its ascent.

Another neat launch!

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