Outer Space to Upper Space
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We returned to Kennedy Space Center this morning to visit what we had missed yesterday. Our first stop was the Astronauts Hall of Fame. It is inspiring, but in at least one exhibit there were spelling errors and some confusing data. They left out some of the women astronauts. Other than Sally Ride, I did not see a separate plaque for Judith Resnick who died in the Challenger explosion, or Kalpana Chawla, who lost her life when Columbia broke up during re-entry. Both women had been on at least two shuttle missions, yet some of the men honored had only one flight. Jag said it was because they were both "payload specialists", not astronauts. Pooh! And what about Shannon Lucid? She was an astronaut with not only five flights under her belt, but she set a record for the longest duration in space by a woman at the time she went up to the Mir Space Station.
Afterward we returned to the main KSC Visitor Center I-MAX movie about the exploration of the Moon. It was a lot of fun and very informative as well. The film was in 3-D, plus the usual huge size of this movie format and that made it very exciting. I would have liked to keep the special glasses needed; I could use them to see some websites that require 3-D glasses. After a brief visit to the shuttle mock-up, we returned to the car, ate some lunch and left for Miami.
The drive is very pleasant. The road is lined with pines and palms, which make for a very pretty scene. However the highway is as straight as an arrow. Drivers routinely travel 15 to 20 mph over the speed limit.
We arrived in Miami to the open and welcoming arms of our friends Baba and Pierrette Vora. Their condominium apartment is very beautiful with a view of Miami and Miami Beach that is to die for. They are up on the 14th floor of their building. The lights sparkle at night like multi-colored stars. This effect is doubled by the reflections in the still waters of the Bay of Biscayne. Tonight, however, the water was not still, so it looked as though the distant buildings were floating in the sky. Magic! Baba prepared a marvelous Indian dinner.
I just heard the sad news that actor Paul Newman has died. I adored him when we were all a lot younger and I still do. His piercing blue eyes with their twinkle of humor were mesmerizing. He was a warm and generous man and he will be greatly missed.