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Yup.  We get to watch em all....including tonight, from the back yard!  The shuttles were very cool because you could actually see the solid boosters separate.

All that, and I played golf today too.  :dance:

 

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2 minutes ago, David in FL said:

Yup.  We get to watch em all....including tonight, from the back yard!  The shuttles were very cool because you could actually see the solid boosters separate.

All that, and I played golf today too.  :dance:

I could have played I suppose, but I changed the oil in the wife's car. I think I'll play tomorrow while everyone is in their houses shivering. :-P

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2 minutes ago, CarlSpackler said:

I could have played I suppose, but I changed the oil in the wife's car. I think I'll play tomorrow while everyone is in their houses shivering. :-P

Next time save the hour + drive each way and find a spot close to you that offers a good view east, and you'll get a show almost as good as you did by driving over and watching from the cape!  

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12 minutes ago, David in FL said:

Next time save the hour + drive each way and find a spot close to you that offers a good view east, and you'll get a show almost as good as you did by driving over and watching from the cape!  

It's ok. We did get to see some manatees swimming by too. It was fun. 

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39 minutes ago, David in FL said:

Next time save the hour + drive each way and find a spot close to you that offers a good view east, and you'll get a show almost as good as you did by driving over and watching from the cape!  

Yup. We stayed in Daytona Beach and saw one early in the morning about 6 years ago or so. Was really cool. 

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How long did it take for the sound to arrive at you?

Light is something like 299,800,000 m/s. Sound is… IIRC about 350 m/s. So for short distances effectively instant versus 350 m/s.

I don't know how far away you were though.

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13 minutes ago, iacas said:

How long did it take for the sound to arrive at you?

Light is something like 299,800,000 m/s. Sound is… IIRC about 350 m/s. So for short distances effectively instant versus 350 m/s.

I don't know how far away you were though.

I'll measure it with Google maps later. It was close to 2 minutes I would say. 

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23 minutes ago, CarlSpackler said:

I'll measure it with Google maps later. It was close to 2 minutes I would say. 

You were over 25 miles away?

P.S. Or "about" 25 miles away (since you said "close to" 2 minutes and I took it as "at least" 2 minutes in the first sentence.

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Most of the causeways used by the public to view launches are a few miles away. The closest, maybe a mile from the launch pad.  Approximately 5 seconds per mile for the sound to travel.  You're usually in the 15-20 second range for the sound to reach you.  Even at that range, the roar is still pretty impressive.

In @CarlSpackler's defense though, the visual of a night launch is spectacular, and it really does seem as if the whole thing takes longer than it really does.

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It was 13.61 miles from launch complex 41. I guessed about 2 minutes because the video I recorded was 1 minute and 38 seconds and we heard shortly after I stopped recording. We should have heard it at a little over a minute, but we certainly didn't. 

Enough for this math stuff. I'm heading to the golf course.

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