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Catching a shuttle launch is amazing: the sheer genius and energy it takes to put a human into orbit astounds children and adults alike, and experiencing such an event only leads to further wonder and imagination. Luckily, we've prepared all the info you need to make this trip as efficient and understandable as NASA would their astronauts.

Just a few tips: You can only get about a 5-10 mile radius around the launch site, for obvious security reasons; therefore, for an even better look, get in a boat if possible. Delays are also very frequent, so plan on staying for at least a few days. There are also many fine campgrounds in the area, and if you want to get close to nature by saving some green, this is a suggestion.

Lodging options:

Cocoa Beach, FL - The nicest place to stay if you're planning on catching a shuttle launch. Easy and close driving the day of the launch, and you can even watch from the beach.

Daytona Beach, FL - The second best place to stay. The drive is a bit further, around an hour and a half, but the city more than makes up for it.

Orlando Beach, FL - Serious traffic issues. We recommend not staying here for a shuttle launch; Orlando is for resorts and major amusement parks. In any case, limit your time on the road here, or leave very early.


L
ist of upcoming launches:

Date: Aug. 25, 2009
Mission: STS-128
Launch Vehicle: Space Shuttle Discovery
Launch Site: Kennedy Space Center - Launch Pad 39A
Description: Space shuttle Discovery will use a Multi-Purpose Logistics Module to carry experiment and storage racks to the International Space Station.

Date:Nov. 12, 2009
Mission: STS-129
Launch Vehicle: Space Shuttle Discovery
Launch Site: Kennedy Space Center - Launch Pad 39A
Description: Space shuttle Discovery will deliver components including two spare gyroscopes, two nitrogen tank assemblies, two pump modules, an ammonia tank assembly and a spare latching end effector for the station's robotic arm to the International Space Station.

Date: Feb 4, 2010
Mission: STS-130
Launch Vehicle: Space Shuttle Endeavor
Launch Site: Kennedy Space Center - Launch Pad 39A
Description: Space shuttle Endeavor will deliver the final connecting node, Node 3, and the Cupola, a robotic control station with six windows around its sides and another in the center that provides a 360-degree view around the International Space Station.

Date: Mar 18, 2010
Mission: STS-131
Launch Vehicle: Space Shuttle Atlantis
Launch Site: Kennedy Space Center - Launch Pad 39A
Description: Space shuttle Atlantis will carry a Multi-Purpose Logistics Module filled with science racks that will be transferred to laboratories of the International Space Station.

Date: May 14, 2010
Mission: STS-132
Launch Vehicle: Space Shuttle Discovery
Launch Site: Kennedy Space Center - Launch Pad 39A
Description: Space shuttle Discovery mission will carry an integrated cargo carrier to deliver maintenance and assembly hardware, including spare parts for space station systems. In addition, the second in a series of new pressurized components for Russia, a Mini Research Module, will be permanently attached to the bottom port of the Zarya module.

Date: July 29, 2010
Mission: STS-133
Launch Vehicle: Space Shuttle Endeavor
Launch Site: Kennedy Space Center - Launch Pad 39A
Description: Space shuttle Endeavor will deliver critical spare components including antennas and gas tanks to the International Space Station.

Date: Sept. 16, 2010
Mission: STS-134
Launch Vehicle: Space Shuttle Discovery
Launch Site: Kennedy Space Center - Launch Pad 39A
Description: Space shuttle Discovery will deliver an EXPRESS Logistics Center-3 and an Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) to the International Space Station.

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