On to the next building that houses a fully restored Saturn V rocket and Apollo Space Capsule which brought man to the moon.
|Saturn V's booster rockets|
|Apollo 14 Command Module|
|"The Eagle has Landed"|
We also got to see the actual Apollo programs Launch Control Center and experience what it was like in the moments before the actual launch.
|The board that says it all...|
|We have lift-off|
After the bus tour we took on the Shuttle Launch Experience. You are buckle in a seat in a launch simulator and subjected to the motion, force and vibration of a shuttle launch. Amazing.....and very weird. I'm sure we weren't experiencing even close to the actual force of launch but I swear my face moved from the front of my head to the back of my head. The lady sitting in front of us had long hair and it was standing straight out behind her and almost in my face! After a short break (smoke) and a walk through the Astronaut Memorial, we caught the IMAX film about the Hubble, what it does and what it took to repair it (several times). We had been to an Observatory in Texas and had seen photos from the Hubble. Heck, we had even bought a book about the universe that, of course, featured many Hubble photos. But this movie was just unbelievably amazing. Really made us think about the vast Universe and our place among the stars. We're so minuscule, so insignificant in a galaxy that is simply one of billions of galaxies. This guy, however, is not insignificant and he knows it...
|KSC lies within the Merritt Island National Wildlife Preserve|
and there is an abundance of alligators!
Following the film and with a new sense of smallness, we walked through the Rocket Garden made up of the Mercury-Redstone, Atlas, Apollo Saturn 1B and many other retired rockets.
By now, we were actually pretty pooped, yet had not seen quite a few of the exhibits and displays that the KSC has for visitors. But fatigue won out so we said goodbye to the KSC and headed home.