Coast to Coast: GOES for Launch

Click Here to watch the video of today’s launch. You need Windows Media Player and broadband (cable modem, DSL) Internet access.

NASA launched a GOES satellite this evening from
Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
.

GOES (Geostationary Operational Environment Satellite)
takes the pictures of clouds used by the National Weather Service to watch out for severe storms, hurricanes in particular, which is why Floridians have enlightened self-interest in seeing this rocket launch.

Launch was scheduled for 6:14 PM EDT but, as you’ll see in the video, a nasty storm passed nearby, delaying launch until 6:51 PM EDT. The storm created first one and then two rainbows, which you’ll see in the video. You’ll also see the beach outside our condo, which is usually fairly empty despite its location — beaches are so common out here there’s nothing particular unusual about this one.

Also look in the video for the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse. It was built in 1868, 100 years before Apollo headed for the Moon.

The next Space Shuttle launch is scheduled for July 11, when they’ll try once again to launch STS-127.

On a personal note, I had a job interview yesterday with a Kennedy Space Center contractor for a budget analyst job. With the economy the way it is, I’m sure demand for jobs vastly exceeds supply, so I’m not optimistic, but it was neat to go on base for the first time without being part of a tour.

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