I'm going to give Zooch a little boost...
Here's another perspective on the Ares-1X launch day, literally.
Val and I got to Space View Memorial Park, at about 5:45AM, and there were AT LEAST
4-5 reporters, and 2 camera crews, and a lot of floodlights! One reporter was doing a TV interview with one couple, and another followed Val and I out onto the dock, as we wanted a view of the Ares away form the lights, because they were messing up the nighttime scene of the floodlit rocket. (she took a terribe photo though).
6:30 a.m.: Crowd growing at Space View
TITUSVILLE -- About 15 people are gathered at Space View Park in Titusville to watch the launch of the Ares 1-X rocket.
Eric Truax and his wife, Valerie, drove from Williston to view the launch. They stood on the end of the pier with binoculars to view the illuminated rocket across the river on the launch pad.
"It's exciting because it's the first new vehicle since the shuttle," said Truax, who arrived at the park at 5:30 a.m. "It's a shame though because there's the possibility it may be the one and only flight."
-- Amanda Stratford, FLORIDA TODAY
As "Z" said, many of the reporters were doing Tweets, net blogs, and online moment to moment reporting. As the day wore on, not only did more reporters show up, and there were 2 folks doing an actual pod cast behind us, and that was just who we could see. Talking to some people who go there for every launch of the Shuttle, I was told that while the park wasn't as full as it is for a shuttle launch, the crowd was respectable.
I personally talked to folks from all over, including 2 guys from Denmark, who were in town for a business conference , and decided to take time out to watch the launch. The amateur photographer I spent most of the day chatting with drove straight down all the way from North Carolina!
Granted the rocket didn't go up that day, but there was definitely "excitement".
If anyone wants tosee what the STS-129 Shuttle flight looked like, and how many people and excitement were present, just from where we were, here's a posting, with pics, about it at one of my favorite paper model sites:
Contrary to the impressions CNN will often leave you with, the world does actually care about the future, Science, Space Exploration and the finest of Human Endeavors and kindness. If you ever visit the Kennedy Space Center, you'll find you can listen to people for as long as a couple of hours, and not hear English, or not hear English with an American accent. Fortunately, Val and I live close enough that whenever we catch each other being overly cynical about Humanity and the future, we can drive over the KSC and get a shot of positive reinforcement, and a smile.
As I'm RE
-discovering, (with help, a bit late and needing many apologies to many folks), excitement in science, exploration, and anything else, might indeed also be found where you help MAKE