Lovely Wife and I went to the beach a couple of times to watch the latest attempt to launch the Space Shuttle, but it kept being cancelled.
Just a few minutes ago, at 6:03pm EDT, Endeavour finally was able to lift off successfully.
I'm working late, and went on top of one of the buildings and watched it.
Sadly, I cannot bring in a camera of any type where I work, so I just had to eyeball it. My camera is in my car, but I couldn't get off early enough to go to a better location and try to take photos.
I'm about 30-40 miles south of Kennedy Space Center, and it took the rumble (sound) of the boosters over 4 minutes to reach me as I watched. But that gives you an indication of the noise when I can hear it 30 - 40 miles away.
If Congress will fund it to the end, the US Space Shuttle program that is, there are only 7 shuttle missions left planned.
I would be totally surprised if they get to launch all 7 of them.