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Discovery, Endeavor, and Atlantis February 7, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Travel & Leisure.

The Space Shuttle program is . . . going . . . going . . . soon to be gone. 

Weather permitting the last three launches are scheduled as follows:

Discovery ~ February 24

Endeavor ~ April 19

Atlantis ~ June 28

From Florida Travel and Life, Space Shuttle Launch Countdown:

When – barring weather or technical holdups – the space shuttle Discovery lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center on February 24, a glorious and occasionally heartbreaking 30-year chapter in Florida history will be nearing to a close.

If you haven’t seen a launch up close, consider viewing one of these last calls (listed above).

The start of the 133rd and final shuttle mission of the STS-133 will be seen for miles around, but NASA usually offers a very limited number of tickets for prime KSC viewing locations, including the NASA Causeway, a scant six miles from launch pad 39A.

Good luck and Godspeed.

For more information:  Kennedy Space CenterLaunch Viewing Tickets *  Space Shuttle Program 

For a related post:  Goodbye to the Shuttle (Intergalactic Writer)


1. Paula Tohline Calhoun - February 7, 2011

Can you view the launches at all from your rather distant location? Just wondering – maybe we’ll schedule our trip around one of those last ones!

nrhatch - February 7, 2011

They can be seen from here ~ but mostly as a stream of vapor from the tail end.

You can get tickets for the days of the launch for up close and personal viewing. Of course, many launches are scrubbed and rescheduled.

No guarantees in life, eh?

2. Carol Ann Hoel - February 7, 2011

I was in Florida fifteen years and always intended to see a launch. Hm. I’m in Texas now. It’s too bad that the launches will not continue.

nrhatch - February 7, 2011

We’re talking about attending one of these three launches. I’ve got them all marked on the calendar.

We may not watch from the launch pad, but maybe from within a 10 miles radius.

Cindy - February 8, 2011

Hope you get up close and share it with us!

nrhatch - February 8, 2011

I’m sure I won’t get a photo like this one. But Discovery is scheduled for 4:30 pm. We can see what the weather is doing that day, and check with the KSC that morning to see if Discory is “go for launch.” If so, we can head across state for a look see.

3. flyinggma - February 8, 2011

I told my husband this morning that if we ever planned to go to Florida it should be around one of these three dates. I know they can be cancelled at the drop of a hat but at least it would be a reason to start planning for a trip to warmer weather.

nrhatch - February 8, 2011


By June, you’ll have lovely weather where you are, but April will be gorgeous here ~ a burst of warmth to jumpstart your summer.

4. kateshrewsday - February 8, 2011

It’s been a blast, though, hasn’t it?

nrhatch - February 8, 2011

You’re a punny gal! And, yes, it’s been a blast. 8)

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