Visiting Kennedy Space Center
Next on our trip was of course Kennedy space center. I'm a real fan of astronomy so there was no way we could miss it.
It takes you about half an hour to get from Orlando to Kennedy Space center which is located right on the coastline of Atlantic ocean.
Unfortunately speed limit is only 60 miles an hour.
As we got loser we saw a huge space shuttle right on the side of the road. Guess we're heading the right way.
The center is located on a huge island that is connected with a bridge to the main land.
Finally we're here. John F. Kennedy Space Center.
As you driving you can see a huge rocket launcher above the trees.
Ready to go.
For the eyes of the world now look into space, to the moon and to the planets beyond..
Kennedy monument right next to the huge Nasa sign.
Once you enter the facility you see lots of different rockets from all over the world. Unfortunately none of them is real.
I mean the size and design is real but the rocket itself is carbon-fiber.
Huge rocket engine.
And of course the copy of a tunnel that connected space station to the space shuttle module.
Certainly a lot of places to take pictures of.
Now we can imagine how it felt sitting there before the start.
Not very comfortable if I'm honest.
Reading all about the rockets.
Time to enter the main exhibition.
Lego mars exploration rover.
Almost a real astronaut.
Suddenly you realise that this is more like a Kennedy space center disneyland. It's nowhere near the actual space center where space shuttle used to go up.
And as you can see kids love this place. But if you want to see a real space center this is not the place.
It has been the stuff of dreams since humans first gazed up at the heavens.
The sky calls to us. -Carl Sagan
Inside the space center you get to see many different movies and attractions that show you how space shuttle got developed.
It was quite inspiring and at the end was the best part. The real space shuttle, the one that returned from space - the last one.
And here it is. Huge, gorgeous, amazing.
It used to carry different heavy cargo to international space center.
Only standing right next to it that you can imagine and comprehance the real size of it. And the amazing thing is that it is nothing more than just a huge glider. Yeap - it means it actually can't fly like an airplane but only glide.
And of course it would be a shame not to touch a real space shuttle.
You can walk all around it and under it as well. Huge engines cover half of the arena.
The bottom of the shuttle is covered with a heat resistant material. It reflects heat so much that if you heat a peace of this material block till 1000C you can still hold it in your bear hand. Unfortunately the material is very fragile - which caused a disaster and loss of a Discovery space shuttle in 2003.
Satellites - the ones that Atlantis carried up to space.
If the shuttle landed somewhere away from the space center it needed to get carried back to a space center on top of a huge Boeing 747.
Wish I could see this station in real life.
Lakes around the station are full of alligators, snakes and other creatures. This is why there was a whole separate room devoted to wildlife all around the facility.
I guess it's time to go back. Lots of cops on the side of the road. We were warned from the start that speeding is a bad idea.
Need to fill up our tanks one more time. Getting used to filling them up once a day. But ok we did drive a lot as well.
Nothing is better than a good meal after a long and exciting day.
Since we still had our cars and Evija has joined us as well we decided to take some cool photos of the cars.
Take one :)
Take three and cut.
Later that night Evija offered us to show a downtown in Orlando where all the parties take place.
This is just wrong. Such a nice car completely ruined. What the hell are they thinking?
People sure party here a lot. Like a lot. Even the whole street is closed for traffic.
One eyed Jacks bar :)
Lots of different musicians on the street.
And police cars all around the city.
You can see that people are partying hard here. After all it's Friday night.
Even though the Camaro is stunning I think I prefer European cars.
Orlando horse police.
There's a huge lake right in the center of Orlando downtown. Neat.
It was a fun evening and really exciting day. I guess it's time to rest. Tomorrow we're going on a boat trip to see alligators in a wildlife.
So lets jump in to our cars and head for the hotel. To be continued..comments powered by Disqus