SpaceX Falcon 9: CRS13 – Getting Ready to Witness My First Rocket Launch Live from Cape Canaveral

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Working on the coast of Central Florida, also known as the Space Coast of Florida, is something amazing. This is where the first humans started their journey to the moon. The Kennedy Space Center is was the home of Space Shuttle flights but all of the Space Shuttles got decommissioned.

Nowadays there are many rocket launches for various reasons at the Kennedy Space Center or the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. These launches include everything from launching new satellites to resupply missions for the International Space Station.

The next resupply mission to the ISS is planned to take off on December 4th, 2017 December 8th, 2017 December 12th, 2017 December 13th, 2017 December 15th, 2017 and I will try to be there and witness a rocket launch live for the first time ever in my life. I am sure we all have seen the videos on the internet, but to actually get to see it live is something else and I am really excited about it.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 will a Dragon spacecraft to transport supplies, equipment and science investigations to the International Space Station.

The launch is currently set for December 15th, 2017 at 10:36 a.m. EST


The Kennedy Space Center will offer launch viewing from the Apollo/Saturn V Center and the main visitor complex. I hope everything goes well and that the weather will play ball as well. This will be an awesome experience and I will share that with you guys after the launch.

I will try to get some great pictures from the launch. I am already searching for a camera store in the area, where I can rent a bigger lens to zoom in closer to the action. Because the rocket launch is shortly before 3 p.m. I should have enough daylight to get some great pictures. There is also only one chance during this launch to take pictures. Once the rocket is gone, she is gone. There is no, hey can we try that again, I had the settings wrong. But I am pretty confident to get some good pictures, except the push the start towards the night. Then I have to improvise.

My first visit to the Kennedy Space Center was over 8 years ago and I only had a day to drive there from Orlando, explore as much as possible and fly out the same night. This was a pretty tight schedule and I am so glad that I am back in the area.

Have you ever been to the Kennedy Space Center or witnessed a rocket launch yourself?

[Header Image courtesy of Kennedy Space Center]

Photo Gallery of the Launch

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