Day 5: Back to reality, sort of...

Friday, March 26, 2010

We docked back in Port Canaveral and were off the ship by 9:30 a.m. We were greeted by a few raindrops and by the time we reached Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canveral it was a torrential downpour. A perfect day to tour NASA. One could easily spend a week there. Our favorite part was the virtual Space Shuttle Launch ride. It really does simulate every last detail of an actual launch. As you exit the ride, the ramp back down is lined with plaques of all the Shuttle launches from beginning to present. Both the Challenger and Columbia were made of gold and engraved with the names and pictures of the astronauts along with the sad explanations of those tragic flights. That was sobering but also made you proud to be an American.

At least it was 68 degree raindrops!

I have no idea what this is--maybe a submarine?

The control room for Apollo 13.

This building is actually only ONE story.

Too cool for words.

He looked so real-life.