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Space Shuttle Launch

  • Nov 14, 2008 · 6:00 PM

RATING (
click here to chart) Intermediate SK2 due to being a night time trip. Total trip milage will be around 3 miles.
TRIP DETAILS We will launch from the NW corner of Haulover Canal and paddle through the canal onto scenic Mosquito Lagoon. We will explore the Lagoon (if time permits) and then watch the launch at 7.55pm.
STS-126 is the 27th shuttle mission to the International Space Station. Endeavour will carry a reusable logistics module that will hold supplies and equipment, including additional crew quarters, additional exercise equipment, equipment for the regenerative life support system and spare hardware. We can see the shuttle sitting on the launch pad (39A) from our kayaks seven miles straight across Mosquito Lagoon. On most launches the shuttle travels North so it comes toward us and the roar of the engines across the open water is quite the heart pounding event.
WEATHER Rain will not stop this trip but, lightning and thunder will. There needs to be no evidence of lightning and thunder for at least a half hour before the trip start, and if it moves in we will seek appropriate shelter.
DIRECTIONS Take I-95 eleven miles north of Titusville to County Road 5A (exit 231). Follow 5A east 1 mile to US1. Take a left/North on US1 travel approximately 5 mile till you intersect SR3/Kennedy Parkway on your right. (Marked by a big brown sign for Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge) Take Kennedy Parkway south 8.5 miles till you see the Haulover Canal drawbridge. Just before the bridge take a right. The road is unmarked. Follow that road along Haulover Canal to the very end. That is where we will meet to launch the kayaks.
GOOGLE EARTH VIEW OF LAUNCH POINT
PARKING Parking is free. Please as far off the dirt road as possible a local kayak outfitters use this road for their livelihood. No restroom facilities at the launch site (visitor center is the closest restrooms/ PortaJon at Bairs Cove Boat Ramp
RENTALS contact
A Day Away Kayak Tours concerning kayak rentals
GEAR/OTHER: PFD, whistle, lunch & snack, lots of water, bug spray, sun block, a good pair of water shoes, a wide brim hat and your (waterproof) camera.
Night time lighting is recommend due to the possible high boat traffic. Sense of fun and adventure.

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  • Steve & K.

    Karen and I were all excited about this trip. We both got the day off from work, but unfortunately we ended up with car troubles half way through the trip. We had to turn around. We did get to see the lift off from Jupiter, but I'm sure it wasn't as exciting as how you got to watch it. Maybe next time :(.

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