So I got the opportunity to go down to Florida and see the May 11th shuttle launch in person. It was a fun day at the Space Center awaiting the launch and while it was a VERY hot day the launch itself was very cool. I had expected it to be cool in the whole “I’m witnessing a Space Shuttle launch” way, but it was actually just an awesome sight. Below are the on site witness video and the official hi-res NASA vid.
Oh and the brightness of the thrust is not captured in either video. I actually thought to myself as I watched through my 8×40 binos: I wonder if I should be staring straight at this -shrug- oh well. :D