Fabulious Day!!!

Trip Start May 01, 2010
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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Dear Nae,
  I just had one of the most fabulous days of my life!  This was the second day of the Space Center Museum.  It was everything I expected and much more.  They did a wonderful job at displays on the Saturn V rocket.  This was the FIRST rocket that made the landing on the moon possible. 
I think many people do not realize what an accomplishment that really was. The mission was considered pretty close to impossible and quite possibly fatal for the crew.  After all, computers were not that accomplished at the time.  Technology took a huge leap with this program!  Many, many products we use today originated from the moon mission.  It was a miracle of the day.  The first phase rockets took the 332 feet high rocket from 0 To 5000mph creating the energy of a small atomic bomb.  The second phase took it to 17,500 mph.  It then went three orbits and the third phase took it to 25,000mph to break earth orbit and proceed to the moon!  The gas mileage was pretty lousy.  15 tons per second.  Worse than a Ford.  This was in the late '60's!
  I felt like an astronaut, a train engineer, and a fireman all wrapped up in one!  I was mostly 13 years old all day.  When I walked into the room that housed the Saturn V ship, it took my breath away.  I immediately felt like a rough combination of Yoda, Chubaka, Hans Solo, Indiana Jones, and bit of Princess Leah! (The whole experience put me in touch with my feminine side)
At any rate, it was a swell experience.  I really hope you get the chance to see it some day.
Today's trip started at the gate again, but we were transferred to buses and carried all around the launch sites.  Remember, things are busy due to the Friday launch. 
  Mark and Kimmy have a small boat, so me might take it out into the ocean and observe the launch from there. Many people are running around doing final checks looking to a healthy launch. 
  I also made contact with my cousin who works there.  We will get together Saturday if the Friday launch is successful.  That should be fun too.  He is an aeronautical engineer and has worked at the cape for about 35 years.  He took part in teaching the astronauts how to fly the shuttle.  Should be an interesting meeting for both of us. 
Hope you like the pictures! 
Take care,
Fred
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mimi.alexander
mimi.alexander on

What a great day and great photos. Glad you're having so much fun.
L U
M

sis on

Well you sure know how to make a girl feel small. Sure glad your day was everything you hoped for. Now on to the next thing on your bucket list...............................Love U

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