Thursday, July 7, 2011

Kennedy Space Center

We drove all night to get to Florida for the last launch of the space shuttle. It is hard to believe that after 30 years, they won't be using the shuttle anymore. I remember the first launch, I was 5 at the time. I thought it was a normal thing we did. We arrived the day before launch to tour the Kennedy Space Center visitors' complex.
We got their just in time for the Mission Briefing. They talked about what cargo the shuttle was transporting and the history of the shuttle missions.

Here we are in front of replicas of the shuttle, solid rocket boosters, and an Orion rocket.

Clay and Emma went on the Shuttle Launch Simulation. Rebekah was not tall enough. She and I went into a special waiting room where we could watch the program AND watch Clay and Emma in the ride. The concept didn't seem too much different from Star Tours at Disney.
There was also a cool exhibit on Star Trek. Check out the cool original Khan costume. They also had the whole bridge of the original Enterprise set up. We had fun trying out Captain Kirk's chair.

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