Andre Beckus <email@example.com> said: >Shortly after 20:02 EDT (too busy scanning horizon to tell >exactly what time), we observed a small red dot that was moving upward >and a little bit to the south. Launch time was 8:03:49 pm EDT. Ignition of the first stage occurs five seconds later. The first stage burns for 76 seconds. >It was nothing >spectacular, but I was glad to have been able to see something so >elusive. Well, I decided to watch it on the satellite feed. I was at a hotel about a mile from where Andre and Jake watched the launch. >Jake and I are planning on going over on >Saturday morning to see the Delta II with Deep Space I, and then >STS-95 on Thursday. Busy couple of weeks. Will let you know what >happens. I suspect that Jetty Park will be slightly more crowded for the STS-95 launch. (This is an understatement on the same order of magnitude as "Houston, we have a problem.") OBJ on topic comments. The second stage for the DS1 launch should be a visual object. A couple of hour delay in the STS-95 launch would be highly desirable for visual observers in the southeast U.S. Philip Chien, KC4YER Earth News world (in)famous writer, science fiction fan, ham radio operator, all-around nice guy, etc.