but we missed it by about 15 minutes! We drove about 100 miles to try to catch the landing since it's a rare occasion that it's landing in California on a day my kids aren't in school. And since none of us (except husband) have ever seen it land or take off in person, I thought it would make for a fun adventure. Turns out the dang NASA PR person gave me the wrong directions and so we got turned around several times before finally finding the airforce base. We were about 10 miles from the base at a signal light when the sonic boom hit (BA-BOOM! -- almost thought we got hit from behind!). We finally made it to the viewing area, but the shuttle was about 5 miles or so away and even with my telephoto lense it looked pretty small At least if we get the chance to do this again, we'll KNOW EXACTLY how to get there!