[amsat-bb] Re: Discovery

Doug Kuitula ka8qcu at pasty.net
Mon Dec 11 07:09:13 PST 2006

I've been lucky enough to see 2 launches from Titusville and am always
amazed that you not only see it, hear it, but also feel the launch. Even
when you're 5 miles away. I can only imagine what Saturn launches must have
been like.
Doug   KA8QCU

----- Original Message -----
From: "Jason White" <jason at jason.white.name>
To: <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
Sent: Monday, December 11, 2006 12:01
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: Discovery

> Vince Fiscus, KB7ADL wrote:
>   > I saw one once in person.  The one thing that always surprises you
> is how
> > 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.
> >
> > KB7ADL
> 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.
> 73,
> Jason
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