Visiting Kennedy Space Center
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October 31st, 2009 – by: missandrea81
We bought the cheap tickets ($38 p.P) that didn't come with a guided tours, but brought us to all the locations on the map. We were told the only down side was that you don't get to get really close to the launch pad. Oh well. That's what zoom was made for. ;) The ticket was also good for 2 days within a week period.
First we explored the rocket garden and the exhibits around it.
After getting a snack at the cafe, yeah, we forgot to eat before we entered the sight, we boarded the (again cold) bus to Launch Complex 39. In the bus there was an informational video about the vehicle assembly building and the Crawlerway which we passed along the way. The crawlerway was very interesting to me. I couldn't believe that they put the rocket together so far away from the launch site and then move it on slooooooow crawlers ( 1mph) to the launch site.
We had a nice view from the observation tower made for visitors at the Launch Complex. We were able to see the launch site or pad with the Atlantis waiting to be launched on November 16th. Too bad we were leaving on the 11th otherwise we could have witnessed a launch first hand.
Waiting in the heat for the shuttle to the next station wasn't fun. There was no food or drink allowed inside the bus so I was a bit dehydrated and almost fainted. Yeah, that's me. Can't stand the heat or the cold. haha
The next stop was Launch Control Center. There was a simulation of the first successful launch which was very cool. I don't wanna give away anything. Then we moved on to the International Space Station Center, where scientist from different countries work together to assemble the pieces of the International Space Station.
Back at the Space Shuttle Plaza, with a life size replica of the Explorer we decided to end our stay with a simulation ride on the Shuttle Launch Experience. It was fun! Since it was Halloween day there were no lines. I don't think it's always like that, so we were lucky.
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