You’ll recall our story Tuesday after the unsuccessful launch of the Space X rocket here on Florida’s Space Coast Monday night.
We were all fired up for try number 2 set for last night at 5:39. By 4:30 we, along with our dogs, are in the car and on our way to an even better vantage point then we had Monday, this time we are headed for the beach. We’re also a little more organized than we were Monday and we are hoping they are too. This time we’ve got both binoculars and our big camera as well as our smart phones. We can watch the action on our phones while we wait for that anticipated burst of light in the evening sky.
We are at the beach before 5, and choose a spot in the parking lot overlooking our south-eastern sky. While Mar and I are pretty stoked for this it’s obvious the dogs are just happy to be along for the ride. Sometimes I just don’t think they get it.
We are sitting in the car, sun roof open, watching and listening to the ocean right out our windshield. The webcast starts at 5:20 (we are watching on a smart phone) and the Space X commentators along with us are filled with big expectations. The countdown begins and we get within 2 seconds to lift off when they detect a problem. While we wait for them to restart we check just to make sure that everything is fine at our end. We are good.
Later they reset the countdown at T minus 20 minutes. For our part we are sure this is going to be it. The sky is now perfect for viewing. It is dark and the clouds are moving off. It’s time, this is going to be great!
They detect another problem. Once again the launch is scrubbed. They promise they will take their craft back to its garage and make it right. We put away the camera and the binoculars and head home for dinner.
Will this story have a happy ending? We hope so. We are here for 3 more nights before we move over to the Gulf coast.
It was not a Spacegiving night after all.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
-H. Jackson Brown Jr