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Hurricane Nicole damage and a rocket launch on the Space Coast

We were lucky. We were lucky in Hurricane Ian, which devastated southwest Florida. And we were lucky in Hurricane Nicole, in that we’re just far enough inland that we didn’t have to worry about our house falling into the ocean. With climate change, all of the damage we’re seeing now on Florida’s east coast may …

9 November 2022: Nicole, moving from tropical storm to hurricane, whips up big waves in Cocoa Beach

Going out in the wind today was so therapeutic. It wasn’t yet windy enough to be dangerous (except for maybe those insane people kiteboarding in the tropical storm waves), but it was invigorating. And also entangling, when it came to my hair. Tropical Storm Nicole, which soon became Hurricane Nicole, pushed big, messy waves into …

1 November 2022: Autumn rocket launches on the Space Coast

Life’s been busy, so I haven’t posted all the rocket launches I’ve shot lately from Florida’s Space Coast. And there have been a lot. While one was a United Launch Alliance jaunt, the rest were SpaceX. The gallery below includes photos from a handful of launches, including today’s SpaceX Falcon Heavy with Space Force payloads. …

10 September 2022: A launch and a lighthouse at Cape Canaveral

The first Cape Canaveral Lighthouse began operation in 1849. The cast-iron version that replaced it began working in 1868. It was moved over a mile inland in the 1890s to keep it safe from erosion. The original Fresnel lens has been removed because launches were literally shaking the glass pieces out of their framework, and …

 

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