[amsat-bb] Re: Discovery
jason at jason.white.name
Mon Dec 11 09:01:49 PST 2006
Vince Fiscus, KB7ADL wrote:
> I saw one once in person. The one thing that always surprises you
> fast it climbs and is out of sight. There was high cloud cover on the
> launch I saw and in only a few seconds it was already above the clouds.
When I was young my dad took me up on a large nearby hilltop and we
watched a shuttle launch streak across the sky like a bright unnatural
meteor.. I was amazed.
Later, when I went to college in central FL, we were at the same
latitude as the cape.. On my way to classes I'd occasionally see a
launch and the exhaust plumes scattering in the wind and the shuttle
streaking skyward and out of sight in a matter of seconds. We were close
enough that you could hear it if the conditions were right, and when it
would pass through a cloud at night there would be a temporary increase
in brightness from the light..
However, it really was never nearly as impressive as when I saw it
streak across the sky from that hill in New Hampshire.. it was all over
much too quickly.
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