Thursday, April 28, 2011

04/13 - Kennedy Space Center


The last of our three excursions... this time to a place which is still no entertainment park, but maybe it'll change after the last Shuttle launch which'll be on 04/29 - tomorrow.

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It seems like we took the right time of the year to make this trip, because the parkin lot was more or less empty when we arrived there and also during the day it wasn't overcrowded...



We started our round-trip through the area at the Rocket Garden where you can see the rockets which've been used for several missions and space programs.

Rocket Garden

Rocket Garden

Rocket Garden

After that our way led us through the Memorial Hall... it's in honor of all those people who lost their life in the past while doing there mission.


Memorial plate

Model of a Space Shuttle

A look over the area

They also have an old Space Shuttle in which you can walk in and have a look inside... everything very narrow, nothin for people with claustrophobia.

Space Shuttle "The Explorer"

Fuel Tank and rockets

We had the chance to take a bus tour which led us through the parts of the area where they prepare the Shuttle for the next launch... you could the see the transportation platform (which is of the size of a baseball field and we could see the Space shuttle which's already at the launch pad. They bring it to the launch pad app. 30 days before the countdown starts, the process to bring the Shuttle from the preparation building to the pad takes app. 8 hours.

525 ft high building where the Space Shuttle is prepared for the launch


Transportation platform

The Shuttle itself is hidden by the construction of the launch pad but you can see the orange top of the fuel tank in the middle of the picture.

The Shuttle is already at the launch pad, usually 30 days before the countdown


It was definetely a very interesting day... not the usual entertainment stuff... it still was a bit more scientifical... let's see what they make of it when the space program is over... maybe another kinda Disneyland... who knows...

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