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My First Rocket Launch

Fri, Oct 02, 2015 at 1:40PM

Today was a monumental day for two reasons. Today was the first rocket launch my wife and I had ever seen which just so happened to be United Launch Alliance's 100th launch. The goal of the mission was to launch a Mexican communications satellite from an Atlas V rocket into orbit to provide better internet stability throughout Mexico, especially in rural regions.

We woke up at about 5:00 a.m. pumped for the 6:09 a.m. scheduled launch. As we arrived at the Cocoa Beach Pier, dozens of friendly faces greeted us as did FREE launch t-shirts (which I thought was the neatest thing). Rocket launches can be seen all up and down the Space Coast, depending on weather of course, but many locals told me that one of the best ways to view the launch would be from the pier. 

As we made our way down the pier we saw the bright light from the launch pad in the distance, a telltale sign of what was to come. We waited with cameras in hand in anticipation and put on a live stream of the launch so we could make sure we didn't miss anything. At 6:28 a.m. just as rain started to roll in, the rocket blasted off on its journey to space. As the glowing orange fireball rocketed through the atmosphere, maybe 15-20 seconds after launch, a series of loud booms echoed through the sky to which the crowd clapped and cheered.

If you have never witnessed a rocket launch in person, I would highly recommend you to do so especially as rockets evolve and become more technologically advanced. What we saw today was a small piece of history that will have a huge impact on how one country connects to the rest of the world. 

Marshall T. Hooks
Director
Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce
Convention and Visitors Bureau

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I congraulate you on being able to see that for yourself in person. I think it would be one of the most amazing things to experience in life. It's amazing how we don't really hear to much Anymore about our space system or what's happening bit to know and head about it from you was a delight. I hope to be moving there this coming March and hope to be able to experience that for myself
Author: / Fri, Oct 09, 2015 at 5:48AM
Thank you!
Hi Ashley, Thank you for your wonderful comment. The space program is moving forward very strong and next year SpaceX will be launching rockets from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station as well. If you have not seen a launch yet, it is a real treat. Check back with us once you move down and we can let you know of any upcoming launches or you can follow us on Facebook by searching for visitcocoabeach.com. Thanks! Marshall T. Hooks Director Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce Convention and Visitors Bureau
Author: / Fri, Nov 13, 2015 at 10:06AM

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