Discovery set for night launch


If you’ve ever been to Florida to see the shuttle take flight, you probably remember it vividly! For me, it was in the late ’80s after the return to space following the Shuttle Challenger accident. We were on the causeway going to the cape and the sonic booms still resonate in my ears. This neat graphic shows who will be able to see the shuttle tonight. Because it will be well after sunset, many will be able to get a glimpse. Forward our blog link onto your friends and family if they live in the circled areas in the east to let them know to stay up late tonight!

Here are some live views from Cape Canaveral, Florida as Discovery plans to ascend into space with a blast-off at 12:36am CDT tonight.

For more images from NASA, click here.


Posted under space

This post was written by qni_it on August 24, 2009

6 Comments so far

  1. tony August 24, 2009 4:30 PM

    I am going to try to remember to watch the blast off if I am still awake at that time. That is kind of interesting that they are lifting off in the middle of the night instead in the daytime like usual.

  2. Renee August 24, 2009 9:39 PM

    Those live feeds are so cool –I didn’t know you could see that stuff. Thanks for posting that link.

  3. Eric Sorensen August 24, 2009 9:46 PM

    There is a live video feed here:

    Will have live doppler over the Cape tonight at ten. -ES

  4. tony August 24, 2009 10:47 PM

    Eric, how long of a window do they have before launch to decide whether its a go or not.

  5. Eric Sorensen August 24, 2009 11:06 PM

    Tony, between 30 and 60 minutes they’ll make the decision.

  6. tony August 24, 2009 11:15 PM

    Ok thank you eric. I am watching the nasa tv coverage also, I am hoping they will be able to launch.

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