Visit to the Kennedy Space Centre – Failure is not an option
I have decided not to write about each individual photo, but as you can see I was intrigued with the rocket booster/engine thingies!
We also listened to a lecture by a real astronaut, Ken Cameron, which was both informative and entertaining.
The desks are not a mock-up, they are the real desks and computers from the first mission. There were recordings playing and film of the event: it was really exciting.
Learning how the space station was built by all the countries involved working together was very interesting.
I had forgotten how many failed attempts there were when the USA tried to catch the USSR in the space race. Watching those explosions and crashes one after the other on screen as part of the tour was a reminder that man didn’t land on the moon without a lot of effort.
The sheer size of the full craft on display has to be seen to be believed. When one considers most of that housed fuel and nothing else, it is amazing. What could we achieve with a more efficient fuel?
I bought Mr O Jnr 1 a NASA t-shirt with “Failure is not an Option” across the front. I think this is a great motto! I hope the kids adopt it!
I flew home on a A380, a commercial aircraft that carries 450 passengers. Damn nice aircraft, I have to say. Great staff too! We hurl these tubes of metal into the sky on such a regular basis these days, I wonder how long it will be before we find a more efficient fuel and can reduce the time taken to travel half-way around the world. Whether getting to the Moon or Mars or simply trying to fly from the USA to Australia, it is all something our great-grandparents could only have envisaged in their dreams. OK – for the younger readers, maybe your great-great-grandparents. Your great-grandparents probably flew. Mine didn’t!
I wonder when we will be visiting other planets on a regular basis.
Failure is not an Option.
Enjoy the photos! I’ve included a slideshow and a gallery so you can view which every way suits you! Click gallery images to make larger. Feel free to ask any questions in the comments and I will answer if I can. If you ever hit Florida, make time to visit the Centre but allow a full day, it will take you that long!
The vivid purple berries at the end have nothing to do with space travel, but they certainly stood out.