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kick in the pants

We were three and a half miles away. It was still silent at this point, the shockwave still about 10 seconds away IIRC. This is somewhere between 2-4 seconds into launch.

 

In the Shuttle Experience, and our interviews with a couple astronauts, the phrase "kick in the pants" was used several times to describe the sudden leap forward at launch. The kids found it quite funny.

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Taken on June 8, 2007