What do I need to know about going to see the final Space Shuttle Launch in 2010?
I would like to witness STS-134
, the final launch of the Space Shuttle scheduled for September 16, 2010. There is this previous Ask MeFi
that has some good information, but I have a few additional questions that weren't really answered in that thread:
1) Because this is the final shuttle mission, I imagine that the crowds will be larger than normal. I also imagine that nearby hotels will be gouging as much as they can. Any nearby hotel suggestions? Any guestimates on how early we should arrive to secure a decent seat?
2) Since I will be traveling from California, I'm concerned about delays due to weather or other problems. What is the delay procedure for shuttle launches? Do they just take it day by day? I'd hate to fly all the way out there only to find the launch delayed by a week or two. I know we are at the mercy of the weather, so how is Florida in September when it comes to weather? Favorable to on-time launches?
3) Any other NASA-related (or non-NASA-related) things we should check out while in the area?
4) Any other tips to make this trip happen and be enjoyable would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! :)