This morning at exactly t-minus 30 seconds (or so) and counting, I called my mom (in Florida):
Me: Morning, Dad! Is Mom there? Tell her to get on the phone and to hurry up!
Dad: Goooooood Morning, Sunshine! She’s right here, hold on.
Dad: [Yelling] Iris! It’s your oldest daughter! She said hurry up!
Mom: I’m here, what’s the hurry? I don’t move that fast any more. I’m OLD!
Me: Hurry up! Go out back, now!
Mom: Ok. Ok. I’m going. Why am I going?
Me: Just count down … 10 – 9 – 8
Mom: Ok. Ok. 7 – 6 – 5 – 4
Together: 3 – 2 – 1 – Liftoff!
Mom: What are we launching today?
Me: Keep looking East and let me know when you see the rocket.
Mom: Ok. What is the launch for again? Is this the one for the Mars’ explorer?
Me: Yep. Its the “Curiosity.”
Mom: Ok. Here we go. Its kind of cloudy, but I can see the vapor trail. No sonic boom though.
Me: It looked good on TV, too.
Mom: I’ll call you later, I’m in the middle of making your dad his oatmeal.
Mom and I have been known to get up at 3:00 a.m. and head out to the backyard to see a launch from Cape Canaveral. Its just something we do.
Next Launch from Florida:
Launch Vehicle: Falcon 9/Dragon
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
Launch Pad: Space Launch Complex 40
Description: NASA is working with SpaceX to combine its last two demonstration flights. If approved, the Falcon 9 rocket would launch the Dragon capsule to the International Space Station for a docking.