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... and other machines there were a couple of displays I really enjoyed.
We had been
busy all weekend, our next stop will be towards West Florida again and
hopefully in the next week or so the weather will have improved enough for us
to start heading slowly north.
... we board a bus and venture out to the Apollo/Saturn V (spoken as "Saturn five") Center. From the bus, I get my first glimpse of the Vehicle (originally Vertical) Assembly Building, or VAB. The VAB was first used to assemble the massive American Saturn V launch vehicles beginning in 1967. The future Space Launch System (SLS) will also be assembled here. At 129,428,000 cubic feet, this is one of the largest buildings in the world by volume. It is also the largest ...
... on how it will work, that we'll get turned over, etc. Then we file into the seating area, put on our seat belts and wait. There is a short video intro, then the rumbling and shaking and loud noises begin, the capsule is tilted until we are on our backs, I am videoing the whole process.
I think I hear an additional voice added to the cacophony during the 'go for roll program', but can't be sure. There it is again, but we are at throttle up and I can't quite make it ...
... We rectified this later by creeping to empty seats in the back of the bus, where we could still hear over the speakers but not hear 3 languages at one time.
The property is immense so the bus is a necessity even without our 'Mega Tour' status. Apparently most of it is a nature reserve and only 10% is actually used for space stuff.
The first major stop was at the VAB. The building itself is 525 feet tall and 518 feet wide. They still hold the ...
We landed in Florida just before Alicia's birthday. We went to Sea World for her birthday and we saw some killer whales in a brilliant show. They splashed everyone by waving their tails and doing belly flops. Me and mummy went on the roller coasters and got tossed upside down which was awesome. Next day we went to the Kennedy Space Centre and saw where the rockets get launched and where the crawler lives which transported the space shuttle from ...