Visiting Kennedy Space Center

Kennedy Space Center Travel Blog

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Sign for the visitor complex
After a couple of days at my sister-in-law's to get used to the warmth in Florida and the time difference we decided to leave the side of the pool and head to Kennedy Space Center. It's located on Merritt Island along the east coast of Florida, just North of Cape Canaveral. The area is a wild life refuge belonging to NASA.

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.
Astronaut above the entrance
It was a really hot day. Probably in the high 90s (32 Grad Celsius) and the exhibits were cooled down to about 60 degrees Fahrenheit (15 Grad Celsius). This is my constant pet peeve with the States. Hate me or not, but that difference is just not healthy. 70 degrees would do just fine. I ended up catching a nasty cough, as usual, that stuck with me until the end of the vacation.

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.
Inside the rocket garden
Incredible.

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.
Space rocket
Last stop on the tour was the Apollo/Saturn V Center - a tribute to the Apollo astronauts and the machines that got them there – and brought them home safely. The size of the stage model was very impressive. Makes it a lot easier to understand just how big these rockets are. The fuel tank itself has the size of a silo.

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. 
missandrea81 says:
Ist wirklich einen Besuch wert. War sehr interessant.
Posted on: Jul 22, 2012
missandrea81 says:
Thanks, Danik! Long overdue this one. ;)
Posted on: Jul 20, 2012
missandrea81 says:
Oh yeah? Have fun! Thanks for reading. :)
Posted on: Feb 14, 2010
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Sign for the visitor complex
Sign for the visitor complex
Astronaut above the entrance
Astronaut above the entrance
Inside the rocket garden
Inside the rocket garden
Space rocket
Space rocket
It was so hot, I was very tempted …
It was so hot, I was very tempted…
Rocket garden from outside the gat…
Rocket garden from outside the ga…
A F-1 engine, liquid-fueled rocket
A F-1 engine, liquid-fueled rocket
Neil Armstrong walked across this …
Neil Armstrong walked across this…
The Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB…
The Vehicle Assembly Building (VA…
The crawler, transporter for the r…
The crawler, transporter for the …
Launch Pad A, with Atlantis rocket…
Launch Pad A, with Atlantis rocke…
The Crawlerway
The Crawlerway
Birds view
Birds view
Engine stage
Engine stage
more stages to view
more stages to view
German newspaper from the day afte…
German newspaper from the day aft…
Me and the crew
Me and the crew
Space suit
Space suit
Explorer
Explorer
Kennedy Space Center
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