Cape Canaveral, We Are Go for Launch

The Glorious, Glowing Rockets as Dawn

The Glorious, Glowing Rockets of Kennedy Space Center at Dawn

The action-packed morning of March 1st found us early: we left our new digs in Cape Canaveral for the Kennedy Space Center.  This was the day we gazed on as the SpaceX rocket, Dragon, was launched for a rendezvous with the International Space Station.

Rockets are my favorite.  i should have been an astronaut.

Rockets are my favorite. I should have been an astronaut.

We arrived bright and so, very early, to board a bus from Kennedy Space Center to our special viewing area, a mere four miles from the launch pad.  Over one thousand onlookers joined us that day, and the anticipation was palpable.  People from all over the world had come to watch.  There were lots of Germans, Indians, Italians, and my favorite – the little British boy sitting behind us, with his very educated commentary on the situation.

The Dragon set-up.  We watched this for two hours.

The Dragon set-up. We stared at this for hours, willing it to move!

We waited about two hours at the viewing area, which seemed like an eternity.  Ten minutes before the launch, things picked up.  NASA’s preflight checks and communications were broadcast for the viewers to hear.  Everything happened very quickly: 10-9-8-7-6-54321!  Once the rocket lit up, there was a brief pause at ground level, as momentum built, and thrust the rocket from the ground.  Several seconds elapsed before we heard the sounds, and felt the sound waves (our clothes vibrated!).  I snapped as many pictures of the sequence as I could.  Then, just a few seconds later, the rocket soared into the clouds and was lost from our view.

Here is the sequence in pictures:

The smoke begins to gather.

The smoke begins to gather.

Fire is visible; we have lift-off!

We have lift-off!

Sky rocket's in flight!

Sky rocket’s in flight!

En fuego.

En fuego.

Onward and upward!

Onward and upward!

It was amazing; I teared up, and couldn’t speak…It was one of those moments of pure awe and wonder, that move one so.  A full album of pictures is available here, if you are interested:

Until next time,


5 Responses to “Cape Canaveral, We Are Go for Launch”
  1. Deb Kuykendall says:

    Holly, I know exactly how you feel about the tearing up…. same thing happened to me on the shuttle launch I saw… it was magical.

  2. Man, that’s awesome. Would love to see a launch someday. Excellent detail, too. I felt like I was there! 🙂

  3. Chris Haynes says:

    Sounds like it was an awesome experience. We’re jealous! Great writing too, Holly. Thanks for letting us live vicariously through you guys on all your adventures! Take care!

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