One of our bucket-list items to do since we’ve been living in Florida was to see, up close, a rocket launch from Cape Canaveral. It’s not everyday you get to see a rocket blast off into outer space, especially if you’ve grown up in the Midwest. I’ve always been in awe of America’s space program, and having watched on TV countless numbers of rockets and space shuttles blasting off into space had given me cause to see one of these launches up close and personal. While NASA has retired the space shuttle program, rocket launches of satellites into outer space are still going strong.
Aunesty was interested in getting a great spot to take photographs of the rocket launch with her Canon and I wanted to use my GoPro to take video footage. When looking into some prime spots along the Atlantic Ocean coastline to watch a rocket launch, our research kept bringing us to the Florida’s Space Coast. Little did I know just how big the Space Coast is. Encompassing all of Kennedy Space Center, the Space Coast starts as far north as Titusville and stretches down along the coast line past Melbourne Beaches Palm all the way down to Palm Bay. It includes Port Canaveral (where all the cruise ships dock, even the Disney cruise boats such as the Dream) and Cocoa Beach, one of our favorite Florida beaches.
Cocoa Beach was the place we chose to watch the latest rocket launch: the Delta IV rocket launch of the WGS-7 satellite on July 23, 2015. Our friends at Visit Space Coast put on a launch party along the beach at the Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront hotel, a beautiful location. Free t-shirts were provided as well as activities and games offered to all guests.
At 8:07 PM the Delta IV rocket launched from Cape Canaveral. Our Hilton Cocoa Beach location was about 15 miles south of the launch site, but Aunesty was able to get some great pictures of the launch. I was also able to get a video with my GoPro of the launch as well.
Have you had a chance to visit Florida’s Space Coast? Share your details about your trip in the comments section below!