a VirtualTourist member from New Jersey
Where is the best place to view the shuttle launch?
At home on telly ;-)
Press stands on base just outside the assembly building is the best location but unless you have friends in high places at NASA try for Cocoa Beach right in line with the launch pads. You'll need good binoculars or telephoto lens on your camera.
Believe me if you've not seen it before, it's an incredible sight. When I worked for NASA and had access I could never get the time off during a launch so I settled for flying the simulator at Moffett Field.
Usually along the highway you can see the Cape and there are thousands of cars that line up along the way. If there is any waterfront restaurant that is the most ideal, but for the final launch expect massive crowds since you will not see such a launch again for a long time. No matter what time the launch is scheduled for expect to be there many hours earlier since the road gets crowded. As you drive along you will see the crowds build up in the better areas and just find a parking spot, have plenty of food and drink in the car for you in a cooler (note it will be very hot in the summer for the last launch) and if you find a spot under a tree sit down and enjoy the wait along with everyone else. Be prepared that they can scrub a launch and you will have to do it over another day.
Hi Donna, if I am not mistaken...you are too late. I think the very last one already launched a few days ago. At least that is what I thought they said?!
We watched it go up in Cocoa Beach once and had a good view, but you can see it all the way from Orlando
But it has returned as they forgot their music system ;-)
This launch last week was the next to last launch. The next launch in July will be the final one.
I did see one when I lived it Orlando Sophia. Just want to see the last one as close-up as possible. :-)
Lol! They have been saying "THIS will be the last one" several times now!! And there seems to be always just ONE more!
Florida-the next launch is the FINAL launch of the Space Shuttle. That is 100% guaranteed by NASA and the US Government who will not fund any further launches, plus all the shuttles are scheduled to go to different places to be placed in museums.
that's sort of sad actually... The shuttles have been launched in Florida since I moved here. Well, they launched before that, but still