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Mission STS 101In 1998 we visited Kennedy Space Center.  We took a tour and the whole day was fully booked with visiting the center. 
Very interesting. 
Unfortunately, there wasn’t a launch that period.  Wouldn’t that be great to see.

In 2000 we were lucky to experience a launch of the space shuttle Atlantis, flight STS-101.  Not from the Center, that was just impossible.
The day before the launch we drove around to find a good spot to see the launch.  We also figured out what the radio station was to hear the countdown.

May 10, 2000 – 4:30 AM at a shoulder of a highway nearby Cape Canaveral; all is still quiet.

May 10, 2000 – 5:30 AM at a shoulder of a highway nearby Cape Canaveral; all is crowded and cars stood still on the highway.

May 10, 2000 – 6:11 AM at a shoulder of a highway nearby Cape Canaveral; there it went.  We felt the launch before we could see anything of it. 

My God, what a thunder and a trembling and then the light and the white clouds.

What a spectacular view and we could follow the space shuttle for quite some time. 
We could even see the fuel tank falling down. 

A fantastic experience!
The John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC) is the NASA space vehicle launch facility and Launch Control Center (spaceport) on Merritt Island, Brevard County, Florida, United States. The site is near Cape Canaveral, midway between Miami and Jacksonville, Florida.


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