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Rocket launch August 5 2011

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Rocket launch August 5 2011

Hi, 3 kiwis travelling to Orlando / Cape Canaveral need advice on public transport to a good viewing site please.

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Kiwanas'

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1. Re: Rocket launch August 5 2011

You should be able to get very close as they are not as popular as the Shuttle launches. For 3 people it will be more economical to rent a car.

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2. Re: Rocket launch August 5 2011

The Jupiter probe is currently scheduled for 8/5 from CCAFS, probably complex 41. I believe that a launch of an Atlas V from the same complex is also scheduled for this Friday, May 6.

It will be readily visible from the beaches at Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach once it lifts off, a few seconds after ignition. The usual shuttle viewing sites there will work, keeping in mind that complex 41 is slightly further east than 39A, where the shuttle launches.

If you are staying at a hotel along A1A in Cocoa Beach, simply walk out onto the beach. If you want to move further north to be closer, there are public buses that connect from near the port at Cape Canaveral down to about 13th Street South in Cocoa Beach. See www.ridescat.com . Look at route 9 under "schedules and maps".

If you are staying in Orlando, there are no public buses to Cape Canaveral or Cocoa Beach, as the distance is 45-55 miles. There are a number of shuttle/limo companies that operate that route; see the discussions under transportation to Port Canaveral. Many people just rent a car and drive it themselves, as it is an easy trip.

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3. Re: Rocket launch August 5 2011

Thank you to both responses. You were most helpful.

3Kiwanas

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4. Re: Rocket launch August 5 2011

3kiwiana's,

There is a new bridge on Highway 406 from the mainland in Titusville to the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. The best place to watch the launch from will be on that bridge or from Space View Park just south of there.

If either of those places is too crowded, any place along Highway 1 between Highway 50 and 406 that you can see the VAB is a good place to watch a launch.

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5. Re: Rocket launch August 5 2011

Another thought -- since this is not a shuttle launch, you could look into one of the day tours from Orlando to the Kennedy Space Center visitors' center and watch from there. The center is typically doesn't close to the general public (or sell special tickets) during satellite/probe launches, so you would just need to determine the timing of the launch window (currently 11.39-13.09 on 5 August) and the tour's arrival and departure from KSC.

The KSC visitors' center is about half the distance from launch complex 41 than either Jetty Park in Cape Canaveral or the new bridge.

Gray Line and others collect from Orlando hotels, and charge about $99 p.p.

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