Locals Unable to View Shuttle Launch
Rainy weather didn't stop the final launch of Atlantis, but it did stop dozens of locals from seeing it.
Armed with umbrellas, blankets, and ponchos, about thirty spectators crowded the Payne's Prairie pavilion to catch a glimpse of the shuttle around 11:30 this morning.
However, their view was blocked by the clouds.
While their view was blocked, the group was able to hear the lift-off, thanks to ham radios provided by the Gainesville Amateur Radio Society.
Several spectators said they were disappointed they couldn't see it, but happy the launch was successful.
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