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Congratulations to NASA on a great start to an awesome mission. Delta 2 is a prime example of how it should be done and Kepler could change the way we view the universe :) Also when I say NASA I also mean ULA and Boeing as well :)
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We watched the countdown on the NASA channel. When the countdown reached about T-30, we stepped out into the front yard to watch, but the rocket was already well on its way!

I'm used to there being a slight delay when watching launch coverage via satellite, but the delay this time had to be a minute or more.

Nevertheless, it was a clear night and we were able to clearly see the boosters fall away.

-- Roger
 

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We watched the countdown on the NASA channel. When the countdown reached about T-30, we stepped out into the front yard to watch, but the rocket was already well on its way!

I'm used to there being a slight delay when watching launch coverage via satellite, but the delay this time had to be a minute or more.

Nevertheless, it was a clear night and we were able to clearly see the boosters fall away.

-- Roger
The "live" coverage on the internet is really about 10 - 15 seconds behind the
actual countdown. You would have needed to step out into your front yard
about 60 seconds (per internet) to really catch the launch "live." I notice the
delay when watching a Shuttle launch on TV at the same time while watching
on NASA TV on the computer. At least, you're lucky to live as close to the
Cape :);).
 

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We watched the countdown on the NASA channel. When the countdown reached about T-30, we stepped out into the front yard to watch, but the rocket was already well on its way!

I'm used to there being a slight delay when watching launch coverage via satellite, but the delay this time had to be a minute or more.

Nevertheless, it was a clear night and we were able to clearly see the boosters fall away.

-- Roger
How I would love to see that :) Good for you :)
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We watched the countdown on the NASA channel. When the countdown reached about T-30, we stepped out into the front yard to watch, but the rocket was already well on its way! [Snip]
I watched the NASA website and stepped outside at about T-5:00. I was surprised how low in the sky the rocket was, and behind a big Australian Pine Tree :( Still, it was an awesome sight from Fort Myers, 200 miles southwest of Cape Canaveral.
 
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Congratulations to NASA on a great start to an awesome mission. Delta 2 is a prime example of how it should be done and Kepler could change the way we view the universe :) Also when I say NASA I also mean ULA and Boeing as well :)
Cheers
fred
Actually for this one:

NASA (Funding Organization)
JPL (Project management)
Ames Research Center (Scientific Operations Center)
Ball Aerospace (Space Vehicle Contractor)
Universitty of Colorado (Mission Operations Center)
United Launch Alliance (Delta II Contractor & Launch Operations)

As Roger stated, the booster separations were awesome...we could see them almost down to the horizon for us, we live 15 miles from SLC17B.

Image credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller

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