There's nobody around, but it looks like I'm allowed to stay here (the observation deck is just outside the 3000m evacuation radius around LP1).
The launchpad is across the sea, on the next promontory.
I wonder if I should even bother taking footage with my phone given that the launch will be professionally recorded and livestreamed from the same location.
@codewiz It’s probably like fireworks - better watch and enjoy than focus on a tiny screen in your hands.
@tsturm The space center security car just stopped by and, politely, said that the observation deck is closed to visitors.
I asked if I can just stay inside the car in the parking lot. They made a phone call to check and... very sorry, due to Coronavirus, the entire center is closed to visitors after 5pm (but then why was it open before 5pm???)
Fuck fuck fuck.
There are a few alternative view points...
@codewiz Maybe Ebinoe Park is the best one?
"Open the barrier, quick! Yes, it's an emergency, they forgot to pack the kwepie for the resupply mission to the ISS!"
Update: a friend who was an intern at SpaceX several years ago enlightened me on the origin of the crackling sounds:
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