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The bridge was up for the sail boat

I wonder if this guy was someone special

 

The main space center rocket assembly building

Way off in the distance is Rocket Launch Pad #40

Excerpt of descriptions of each launch pad

Rocket moving rover - HUGE

This rocket is the granddaddy of them all -

JC is touching a piece of a moon rock

The flag is flying half mast in rememberance of Pearl Harbor Day

In memory of those astronauts who died in the pursuit of space

A replica

The palm is not growing out the top of the capsule.

Getting a feel for it

Garden of Rockets

 

There's the moon


The Kennedy Space Center tour is $86.72 for two adults. The tickets are good for 2 days to be used within a 7 day period. Always wishing things were a little cheaper, we thoroughly enjoyed this place and needed the second day to see it all.

There was half a dozen different building with exhibits. Two IMAX movies: One all about the Hubble and the other about the building of the international space station. Fantastic films.

We got to see replicas of numerous rockets from early days of exploration to the present which included a replica of a space shuttle. It is amazing how big all this stuff is.

The second day we visited, at approximately 10:30 am, a successful rocket was launched and we got to see it. It was launched from Launch Pad #40. I have included a picture of it but you won't see much. I did get a video but it is almost impossible to see so I have not included it in this blog. What is near and dear to our hearts is that JC's best man at our wedding and friend works for SpaceX. It is very exciting for him. SpaceX is demonstrating it's Falcon9/Dragon rocket to the COTS program (NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Service).

This is SpaceX 's first flight to orbit the earth under NASA’s COTS program to develop commercial supply services to the International Space Station. After the Space Shuttle retires, SpaceX will fly at least 12 missions to carry cargo to and from the International Space Station as part of the Commercial Resupply Services contract for NASA. The Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft were designed to one day carry astronauts; both the COTS and CRS missions will gain valuable flight experience toward this goal. Very exciting stuff.

We thoroughly enjoyed our couple of days here. We did not get out to Merritt Island...hopefullly next time. If you are in this area, we highly recommend taking the time to take in the Kennedy Center Tour.



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