That large square-shaped thing across the water is the VAB (Vehicle Assembly Building) at the Kennedy Space Center.
Bob waits at Space View Park
Revelle Floyd with her book, blanket and husband's fishing rod
Bob, Geoffrey and Revelle
Bob, John Bergh and Geoffrey
Bob interviews Revelle's husband, John Bergh, nine hours before the shuttle lifts off.
The sound of silence
Geoffrey recording ambience (or ambi for short) at Space View Park in Titusville.
Dale Seeling outside the RV of Bill and Carol Lawson
Seeling drove from Wisconsin to see the launch. The Lawson's are from New Hampshire, but they winter in the Orlando area -- just 60 miles away.
This is the giant square building visible from Titusville 12 miles away. This is the view we had from the press area. The VAB or Vehicle Assembly Building is where NASA "stacks" the shuttle, its fuel tank and solid rocket boosters together.
Endeavour on the launchpad
Our view of the shuttle from three miles away at NASA's press area.
The Bob Edwards Show Florida Bureau
Geoffrey and Bob occupying our bureau/picnic table outside the press area where the real journalists were working.
The Boys at the Bureau
This is where i typed up questions for the two astronauts we interviewed and where we "enjoyed" our meal from the "Roach Coach."
Hugh retired from NASA ten years ago. He started with the agency in 1963, moved to the Kennedy Space Center in 1975 and became Director of Public Affairs in 1992. He was doing the play-by-play of the Challenger launch in 1986 from the "firing room" where NASA controls the launches and calls that his worst day on the job. Seven astronauts died when the shuttle exploded just over a minute after lift off.
Bob interviewing Pat in NASA's press auditorium. This room was empty all day and we used it as our studio until the post-launch press conference.
Astronaut Catherine Coleman
Astronaut Coleman with Bob and the Boys
I had to throw this one in since it's a rare picture of me on the trip.
NASA's "Snack Mobile"
Here is the infamous "Roach Coach."
Astronaut Robert Satcher
Geoffrey mics astronaut Robert Satcher.
Geoffrey, the Shuttle, the Moon and Bob
This was the best I could do with the limits of my knowledge and of my camera to capture the shuttle and the beautiful moon.
Bob walking towards the moon and the water's edge to see the launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour.
Bob waits for the launch. The enormous VAB (Vehicle Assembly Building) is behind him, but not visible to my camera.
Sunrise at 7:55pm
Here's what our view of the launch looked like.
Endeavour on its Way to Space
Bob in Awe
This is Bob watching the launch. The picture was taken without the flash, he was lit by Endeavour's fiery glow three miles away.
The Launch Site and The Moon
Once I finally figured out how to let in more light to my camera, I got this picture after the launch.
An Astronaut and a Radio Star
Robert Satcher and Pat Duggins in the bleacher perch just after the launch.
NASA's Post-Launch Press Conference
pictured left to right: David Mould, NASA's assistant administrator for public affairs; Michael Griffin, NASA administrator; Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for Space Operations; LeRoy Cain, chair, Mission Management Team; and Mike Leinbach, shuttle launch director.
Geoffrey and Bob at Cocoa Beach
This is the morning after a rough night. We had a nice breakfast at a local diner and hung out at Cocoa Beach for about 15 minutes before moving onto some more fun...
Mini golf! Check out Bob's form...
Geoffrey's not bad either. In fact Bob and Geoffrey tied for first with 51 strokes. I got off to an embarrassingly bad start but finished strong to finish one stroke behind at 52.
Bob Schools Geoffrey
Bob was the champ at air hockey vanquishing me, then Geoffrey. I beat Geoffrey in the silver medal round. Not pictured here though is me SMOKING Bob and Geoffrey on the go-cart track. I started third but passed them both by the second lap and nearly lapped Geoffrey before time ran out.
The Florida Crew
Geoffrey, Chad and Bob back at our hotel in Orlando after a very satisfying seafood dinner with Pat Duggins. Pat gets the photo credit here, all the others here were taken by me.