Originally Posted by Astronut
On January 28th, 1986 it was located about 16-17 miles west of the launch pad. Now I live a couple hours away.
Though I lived much further away, I can attest that the plume is highly visible and night launches are nothing short of spectacular. I actually went to the cape on another occassion to get closer look, where you can actually see the beast on the pad, but alas the flight was delayed that day
Astronut you've done an admirable job but I think BlueAngel may be right about the thread in general, there is no amount of evidense, logic or reason that gale will accept. It's a religious belief for him now and unassailable by any arts you posses. Soon the shape shifting reptilians will be coming out and they are nasty.