Kennedy Space Center/Merritt Island NWR

Trip Start May 01, 2013
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Trip End May 01, 2014


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Where I stayed
Great Outdoors RV Resort Titusville
Read my review - 5/5 stars
What I did
Kennedy Space Center Cape Canaveral
Read my review - 5/5 stars

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Year Two - Day 18 - Kennedy Space Center.  This was an amazing experience to be so close to these space craft, the launch pad and even "the crawler" which was on the move the day we were there.  We took a bus ride over to this area and saw how the shuttle would be moved along this gravel road by this crawler.  Everything over in this area is measured in the millions of pounds.  It was mind-blowing!  "This weighs 20 million pounds, this is 60 million..."  crazy!!  Also the heights of the buildings and launch pad.  The largest building with the flag on the side is 58 stories high and is the largest one story bldg. in the world!  The flag is several stories high and the stripes are about 8 feet each.

We were dropped off at one of the buildings over there that housed a full-sized rocket!  You could actually walk under it to get a true sense of the size of this massive vehicle.  Lots to read about and to view.

Back at the main complex there are several other buildings to see and more amazing exhibits to view.  You actually sit in the room that was the launch area with all of the computers and you see a small movie on an actual launch and then  the screen retracts and you are looking at the entrance to the next space with the actual Atlantis Rocket suspended from the ceiling.  The audience actually began to clap - it was a bit overwhelming to see it in all it's glory.

We saw one of the two IMAX movies and just didn't have enough time to see the other.  We had sadly gotten there late that day.  But what we did see blew us away!

NASA FACTS - Firsts and Lasts
1st Astronauts to see Moon's Far Side - Frank Borman; James Lovell; Wm Anders/Apollo8
1st Foot Steps on Moon - Neil Armstrong; Apollo 11
1st Meal on Moon - Bacon Squares, Sugar Cookies, Canned Peaches, Juice/Coffee
     Apollo 11
Only Astronaut to Golf on Moon - Alan Shepard Apollo 14
1st Astronauts to Drive on the Moon - David Scott; James Irwin  Apollo 15
Longest Distance driven on Lunar Surface - 19 miles by Eugene Cernan; Harrison Schmitt
     Apollo 17
Last Astronaut on the Moon - Gene Cernan  Apollo 17

CRAWLER FACTS
Length - 134 feet 4 inches
Width - 114 feet
Height - 20 to 26 feet (adjustable)
Weight - 6,000,000 pounds
Load Capacity - 12,000,000 pounds
Maximum Speed - 1 Mile per hour (loaded)
2 Miles per hour (unleaded) 

Day 19 - Off to Merritt Island to see what that's all about.

 

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John Thomas on

While you're there you have to try Dixie Crossroads. Best ROCK SHRIMP ever. Hush puppies with powdered sugar. We stop every time we get near the place. Large restaurant but very fast service.

Avery on

WOW. When Ken was first married he moved to Titusville/Cocoa Beach for his first teaching job.....he was soooo very interested in the Kennedy Center since he was there for many of the first flights. Enjoy!!!!!

Pamela on

We didn't have enough time to cover that whole property when we visited either. It is huge and there is too much to see in one day. But what an amazing facility and well worth the time and money.

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