Living in Florida certainly has its advantages. Not only do we have milder winters compared to the rest of the country, which to me is such a HUGE plus, we also have Orlando, dubbed as the theme park capital of the world!
The Space Coast region in Central Florida hugs the coastline of the east coast and is facing the Atlantic Ocean. It is called as such because this is where the Kennedy Space Center and the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station are based. Everyone here is a big space fan!
Residents and tourists get treated to frequent space shuttle (now retired) and rocket launches. Because a launch is a very sensitive operation, it is not uncommon for a launch to be scrubbed 3 or 4 times (or more!) because of changes in weather or cloud cover or even technical glitches.
Tonight, I witnessed, yet again, another launch. This time it was the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that was launched to send a satellite into space to monitor solar storms that can wreak havoc on Earth’s power and communication systems. This was its third try. Oftentimes it is to carry astronauts to the International Space Station or certain research objects or military intelligence secret stuff. It all just sounds pretty cool to me that all these I can watch from my very own backyard.
(These shots were taken by my mobile phone so the quality isn’t very good.)
That little white dot you see on the sky towards the right is the rocket. It just launched.
Then you start to see its trails as it shoots further up into the sky. At this point, you don’t hear anything yet.
Like an exclamation mark!!!
This is my favorite part when you can’t see the rocket itself but only its smoke trails. And then you hear that loud noise as the rocket enters space… such a distinct rumble that as a local, when you hear it, you will know that a launch just happened.
Welcome to my backyard!