The Clark & Parsia data integration team was at NASA Kennedy Space Center for meetings, and were lucky enough to catch the SpaceX launch of DSCOVR on February 11th, 2015. We walked to the outskirts of the VAB parking lot, maybe 4-5 miles away from the SpaceX pad. This was about 15 minutes before sunset on a crystal clear day.
This video was taken on my Samsung phone, when it launched it was silent, and when you hear it in the video – it kind of hits you, and then gets really loud. People who used to work the Shuttle program mentioned that it was nothing compared to a shuttle launch. Either way, it was loud enough that I wondered if we should have worn ear plugs or not. Afterwards, it set off car alarms in the parking lot behind us that you can hear on the video. We could see it faintly all the way up until the end of the first stage, and then the small dot of light disappeared into the sky.
More coverage and official video of the launch: