Tuesday, February 17, 2015


Sun, Feb 08 - Wed, Feb 10 - Late on Sunday afternoon I saw our neighbors, Amy and Bob, sitting in lawn chairs on the vacant site that is between us, facing East.  They looked as if they were expecting something to happen.  I asked them what was going on and they told us they were waiting to see the shuttle that was to be launched at 6:05 ET.  So Ken and I grabbed our lawn chairs and joined them in their watch.  We had sat there chatting and getting to know one another for about 10 minutes when Pickleball friend Big Al came up behind us - "I hate to tell you guys but the shuttle launch has been scrubbed.  They will try again tomorrow."  DARN!!

Well it poured rain all day on Monday.  Launch rescheduled for Tuesday, same time.  Scrubbed again and rescheduled for Wednesday at 6:03 pm.

So again, a little before 6 o'clock on Wednesday, a small group of us gathered to watch the shuttle pass over.

Shuttle Watchers:  Our neighbors, Bob and Amy; Pickleball friends, Eddie and Al; Ken and Faye; and Pickleball friends, Travis and Baxter.

"Just before sunset at 6:03pm ET on Wednesday, Feb. 11th, 
Falcon 9 lifted off from SpaceX’s Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. 
carrying the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite 
on SpaceX’s first deep space mission." (www.spacex.com)

This is our amazing sight of the shuttle, launched from Cape Canaveral more than 70 miles away!

Thank you neighbors and friends for this experience.  This is the first time we have actually seen a space shuttle from our camp site at TT Orlando.  Hope it is not the last.

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