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Space Coast revives parties to boost rocket launches

Space Coast revives parties to boost rocket launches

COCOA BEACH — As the Delta IV rocket rose in a blast of blinding light, a crowd of locals and tourists from across the U.S., Canada and Europe stood on a beach 15 miles away to witness the liftoff in awe. "We are absolutely excited," said Christian Preinsberger of Graz, Austria, at the launch Thursday evening with his family. "This is a once-in-a-lifetime event for us." The Preinsbergers were among about 500 people drawn to a beachfront launch party, the latest effort to spur space tourism in Brevard County in the post-space-shuttle era. Space Florida, the state-chartered industry-development corporation, and Florida's Space Coast Office of Tourism are...

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