Primary Launch Viewing Locations
The following are some of the most popular off-site locations for viewing launches from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida:
From North to South
Image to left: Space Shuttle Atlantis roars into the clear blue sky from the billows of smoke below after launch on mission STS-112, the 15th assembly flight to the International Space Station. Credit: NASA
- Marina Park, 501 Marina Road, Titusville -- Restrooms, parking
- Sand Point Park, 101 N. Washington Ave, Titusville -- Restrooms, parking
- Space View Park, 8 Broad Street, Titusville --
- Manzo Park, 3335 S. Washington Ave (US 1), Titusville -- Restrooms, parking
- Rotary Riverfront Park, 4141 S. Washington Ave (US 1), Titusville -- Restrooms, parking
- Kennedy Point Park, 4915 S. Washington Ave (US 1), Titusville -- Restrooms, parking
- Westbound SR 528 Causeway over the Banana River Park well off the right-of-way near the water
- Jetty Park, East end of Port Canaveral off George King Blvd. -- Restrooms, parking
- Cocoa Beach Pier, 401 Meade Ave., Cocoa Beach -- Restrooms, parking
- Alan Shepard Park, East end of SR 520, Cocoa Beach -- Restrooms, parking
- Fischer Park, East side of SR A1A 1/2 mile south of SR 520 -- Restrooms, parking
- Lori Wilson Park, 1500 N. Atlantic Ave, Cocoa Beach -- Restrooms, parking
Boaters viewing launches should tune to Channel 16 VHF-FM for instructions from the Coast Guard pertaining to restricted areas. The Coast Guard will patrol those areas in the rivers and offshore in the Atlantic Ocean. Boaters will not be permitted north of marker 15 on the Banana River (where the high wires cross the river). Boaters may not enter the southern part of Mosquito Lagoon (past the Haulover Canal). However, the Canal, part of the Intracoastal Waterway, will remain open to traffic. Boaters may not set foot on any land that is part of the Kennedy Space Center or the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
Although not an official source of NASA information, the Launch Information Service and Amateur Television System (LISATS) retransmits both NASA audio and video signals for shuttle launches and landings. Audio transmissions are at 146.94 MHz and video is transmitted on amateur television at 421.75 MHz. LISATS transmissions may be somewhat sporadic, but generally begin about three hours before liftoff and continue through landing. These are not official NASA transmissions and are not subject to NASA oversight or quality standards. NASA does not endorse or otherwise sponsor or support the LISATS and/or its retransmission efforts.
NASA audio is also available via Ham radio on UHF at 442.6 MHz. Local radio station WMMB provides launch coverage on AM 1240 and AM 1350.
No car passes or bus tickets are available for viewing space shuttle landings. Due to cloud cover in the area, shuttle landings are frequently more difficult to see than launches. In addition, there is no on-site viewing area large enough to accommodate the general public. However, any of the off-site viewing locations mentioned above can also be used to see a shuttle landing.
Image to right: A field of wild flowers greets Atlantis as it touches down on runway 33 at KSC, completing mission STS-110. Credit: NASA