Enjoy the Ride …
A Day In the Life on Florida’s Space Coast.
— video by dave hogerty (original noise)
A (fiery) Day In the Life — After a two-minute (Florida) intro, you’ll be on the Space Coast, on the north end of Indian River Drive in Cocoa, Florida … Enjoying a lazy weekday afternoon, with a young family visiting their small (recently purchased) 1880s cottage on the west bank of the Indian River (Intracoastal Waterway), just before it runs into Mosquito Lagoon. All were excited, waiting to see the (September 29, 2004) launch of the space shuttle Discovery — THE FIRST THEY WILL SEE.
I was reminded of May 5, 1961, when my mother, Connie, carrying my infant brother Danny, and taking me and my sister by the hand, led us into our Rockledge, Florida front yard to watch the launch of Alan Shepard, to become the first American to fly into outer space.
Looking across the river to Merritt Island and Cape Canaveral, you’ll see the [VAB] Vehicle Assembly Building, where Discovery stands still, staged and ready for its explosive departure, on a voyage to the orbiting International Space Station above.
The launch is visually stunning, but for me, after seeing many, it’s the sound of this launch that stands out. After the explosive ignition of the shuttle’s engines and solid-fuel rockets, hear the grandmother shrieking toward her 5-year-old grandson, “Look Josh! Look at the ball of fire!” as they both experience, for the first time, a manned launch from the Kennedy Space Center (Cape Canaveral), always a more-than-dramatic, nothing more exhilerating, space age experience.