- At NASA Wallops the visitor center is 4 miles from the pad.
- Families of shuttle crews could watch from 3 miles away as their loved ones where hurled into orbit.
- At Biakonur I can apparently get to within 1.1 miles of the launch.
But is that the closest I could get, as a civilian not affiliated with the crew? Is there anywhere in the world that allows viewing from even closer? Moreover, what's the closest anyone has been to an orbital launch. (including bunkers)