Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Florida 32899, USA
Go for Launch8 minutes...That's all the time it took for the Space Shuttle to reach orbit after it left the launch pad. Having the opportunity to witness a launch was truly an awesome experience. We were at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor complex, probably about 8-9 miles from the launch pad. First we saw the horizon start to glow when the main engines started, then it practically turned to daylight when the Solid Rocket Boosters ignited. A few seconds later we heard and felt the roar. WOW! I always wondered if the Mission Specialists sitting in the back row asked the commander "Are we there yet?" I think they would be able to tell by the silence as the engines cut out and the sudden ability to float around the cabin.