I’m no techie, but yesterday’s visit to Kennedy Space Center was out of this world!
“Always shoot for the moon, because even if you miss, you’re going to land somewhere among the stars.” – Gene Cernan, Astronaut – Gemini and Apollo missions
Six hours isn’t enough to see this technological wonder, but we started with the bus tour to the Apollo/Saturn V Center, with a drive-by of several launch pads and the massive 129 million cubic feet Vehicle Assembly Building. This structure is so enormous (525 feet high, 716 feet long and 518 feet wide) that it requires a special ventilation system to prevent clouds and rain inside the building.
The Apollo program took us to the moon in what seemed like an impossible undertaking when it was first announced in 1961. Today that same kind of vision and focus is steering us to Mars in 2030.
“The first humans who will step on Mars are walking the earth today.” – NASA
The shuttle program took up where the Apollo program left off, transporting components to help build the International Space Station that circles our earth every 90 minutes, as well as other vital missions like repairing the Hubble telescope. Atlantis, NASA’s fourth flown shuttle, was in service for 26 years and flew 33 missions. Every time “she launched as a rocket, flew as a spaceship, and landed as a glider.”
Even if you don’t think you’re interested in science, check out NASA’s website.