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day two: still no launch

Today's New Horizons launch attempt was called off due to a storm-induced power outage back at APL. Of all the days for a power outage! Things must have been really crazy back there today. My flight out of Orlando leaves tomorrow at 5:40 p.m., so I'm hoping to see a nice, expeditious launch around 1:08 p.m. tomorrow and then drive back inland in time to catch the plane.

I used the day to tour Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. They have a nice driving tour on which you can see and learn about the wildlife. Here are the pictures I took there. Lots of birds there; I'd really like to label my pictures with what bird's what, but I'll have to look them up. Feel free to add comments to the pictures if you can identify any of them. A park ranger pointed out some young alligators in one spot; they hatched very late this year because of the rough hurricane season. The little ones are apparently likely to be bird food unless they make it to an age of three months, around which time they can start to hide underwater.

I also took some pictures this morning at the beach.


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Jan. 19th, 2006 08:48 am (UTC)
I'm sorry the weather hasn't been cooperating with you. Best of luck for a successful launch on Thursday!
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