A severe thunderstorm struck the Kennedy Space Center, delaying plans to roll back the protective rotating service structure that was due to begin at 7 p.m. 

The panoramic photo below was created with Microsoft’s Photosynth app for the iPhone. You will need the free Microsoft Silverlight player installed to view it. The photo was compiled using the Microsoft Photosynth application on an iPhone 4. The black triangle object in the sky is simply a spot we missed before stepping onto a bus for safety from dozens of lightning strikes in the area. NASA issued a lightning warning as the storm approached.

The storm passed over the launch area and the RSS retraction was conducted late Thursday evening. As of Friday morning, the launch remained on-schedule for 3:30 p.m.

Lon Seidman

Lon Seidman

Lon Seidman is the host and producer of “Lon.TV,” a consumer technology video show that is on a number of platforms including YouTube and Amazon. He creates in-depth, consumer-friendly product reviews and commentary. His YouTube channel has over 300,000 subscribers and more than 100 million views.

In addition to being a full-time content creator, Lon is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Hartford (his alma mater) where he teaches a course in entrepreneurial content creation.

Prior to becoming a full-time creator, Lon was a partner at The Safety Zone, his family’s business that manufactures gloves and safety equipment. The company has locations around the globe and employs over 200 people worldwide. The Safety Zone was acquired by the Genuine Parts Corporation in 2016.

Lon is also active in public service, serving as the Chairman of the Essex Board of Education, a member of the Region 4 Board of Education, and as the Secretary / Treasurer of the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education. He was endorsed by both Democrats and Republicans for his re-election in 2021.

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