A first? Not by a long shot: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/launch/bothpads.htmlThere should be a shuttle out on each pad for this launch, correct? That would be a first, I think, and make for some great photography of the space center.
We all came to know that cape, but its in the worst place on the world when it comes to weather, Hurricane, Tropical Storms, Heat, Chill. What we get for putting a space centre in Florida.