a VirtualTourist member from Norwich
Hubbie and I will be visiting friends in North Raleigh in July when the shuttle launch is currently scheduled to take place. We wondered whether North Carolina residents can see any part of the shuttle path before it leaves our atmosphere. If so, what is the best place to view it from?
It would have to be a very clear day from Florida to North Carolina.If It were a night launch you would have a better chance of spotting it.Also, The shuttle needs to be going for a certain orbit(I think polar)for you to see it over the eastern US otherwise it shoots east over the Atlantic.You might have better luck out on the Outer Banks-A long drive.
I'm not sure the shuttle would be very viewable from the Outer Banks. I was able to witness a daytime shuttle launch when I was in Jacksonville, FL and even down there the shuttle was a small speck in the sky.
Thanks for your replies. I think a trip to Myrtle Beach is planned but that is about as far south as we'll go on this trip. Ah well, if all else fails, we'll have to have a shuttle launch party around the TV with the neighbours! :-)