A bunch of us walked outside the Space Flight Operations Facility
here at JPL http://education.jpl.nasa.gov/iged/sfof.html
minutes ago to watch and listen for the STS117 as it passed the LA
area on it's way to landing at Edwards Air Force base.
A couple people from the Cassini Team were there, since we work in
this historic building, and several folks had their laptops in their
arms with the NASA commentary and imagery running. We could see the
shuttle on the screen, but could not see ourselves. But we did hear
the subtle and very low double sonic booms, and minutes later, the
shuttle had successfully landed.
In case you were wondering.....why does the space shuttle have a
double sonic boom?
Jane Houston Jones
Senior Outreach Specialist, Cassini Program
JPL - 4800 Oak Grove Drive, MS 230-205
Pasadena, CA 91109 818-393-6435
Cassini SOC http://soc.jpl.nasa.gov/index.cfm
What's Up? http://education.jpl.nasa.gov/amateurastronomy/index.html