The other night, a family member asked me if I would be interested in seeing a live launch of a space shuttle. After approximately five minutes of laughter, I settled down and we started discussing the possibility. I think I'm finally going to schedule this. We're thinking either STS-122 (Atlantis) on Dec 6 of this year, or STS-123 (Endeavour) on Feb 14. Has anyone ever witnessed a launch before to share an experience? I'm also curious to know of any tips for viewing and anything a first-timer should avoid.