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Can't wait to see what you get Gale! Wish we could be there too! Patrick and I were just talking last night about how much fun it would be for the boys to see a shuttle launch. Maybe one day.......We can at least show them your pictures though, right? ;-)
Maybe you could rent a 500? I have heard some places rent lenses but I do not know if this economical. But that sure would be neat. Or perhaps you could do the telescope of monoscope and attachment thingy. But I do not know how much that would degrade the pics. Anyway, I will be looking for some very nice pics from you for sure. Have a great time!
I still regret that I had the opportunity to see a satalite called Galex go up from Florida. One of my brothers had helped work on it and I was invited to go see be launched (It was launched from a plane, as I recall).
The fact that it is going up again after two years kind of brings with it a lot of nervous energy - much like what many of us felt when we first started seeing Columbia go up over 20 years ago.
I was out at lunch and the BeeLine which is only 1 of 2 roads from Central FL into the Space Coast was backed up bumper to bumper for miles. Bet those people are happy! Not! They were expecting 250,000 people to head towards the Space Center to watch the launch.