For those of you who are not already close to the Kennedy Space Centre in sunny Florida and who wanted to watch the launch of the space shuttle Endeavour live, well I hate to tell you but you've left it a bit late now !
She launches in under 4 hrs time. So Daffy, sorry but maybe next time.
You'll be here for the landing though.
Anyway here is a nice photo I took earlier today and yes, there are 2 shuttles on their respective launch pads. You know Americans. Always enough money for a spare.
In case you're wondering, I used a ladder.
Ok so it's an official NASA photo and hopefully they'll not sue me for posting it here. Lots of grovelling gratitude and acknowledgements blah blah blah.
Anyway we're off in a few minutes to go to the local Sebring racetrack for a balloon festival which is always good fun. They are due to light them up in a sort of lumiere performance which seems to be the balloon equivalent of F1 cars revving their engines before a race. All show and not much movement.
After that, at 7:55pm EST, we'll look to the north east and if the sky is clear, we might see a little flaming dot heading into orbit.
One can only hope it'll be Endeavour and not one of the balloons which has broken it's tether and floated off in a vain attempt to dock with the space station.
Space Station : Ah Houston, we have a problem.
Houston : Roger, Space Station.
Space Station : We see a large Tony The Tiger outside !
Houston : Grrrrrrrreat.
Now at a time when manned space missions have lost their audience, THAT would be a ratings winner.
I'm taking my camera just in case................