Hampton Inn Titusville / I-95 Kennedy Space Center
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- Smoking rooms available
- Refrigerator in room
- Microwave in room
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... where the Orbiter may have gone into an uncontrollable spin during re-entry to the earth's atmosphere, during which the Pilot must be able to take control of the Orbiter, make decisions and perform actions, all the while being subjected to immense G-Forces and disorientation. Our challenge was to last one minute in the spinner, while being asked some questions, like what is your name to who was the first man on the moon. I was able to answer most questions, ...
... Saturn V, LMs, spacesuits, articles, crawlers, real re-entry pods, and space dust. We had lunch and then returned to the visitors center to explore the Atlantis shuttle craft exhibit. There we saw a couple more short films on the history of designing the reusable shuttlecraft, for which planning was initiated just months before the first moon landing occurred. They have the decommissioned Atlantis in the exhibit, Canadarms intact; very cool to see! The interactive ...
... amp; how it's made up of multiple parts. The engines, fuel, pay load, crew capsule, abort capsule, Because of our visit here I must admit I understand the parts of a rocket much better & what roll each part plays in each mission. (See I even know the terms)
To top it all of we got to touch a piece of moon rock, basalt actually!!
Some of the lunar samples have been dated ...
... info he hands it back along with a sticker and the instructions to affix it to my shirt.
I share my fundamental and ideological distaste of name tags and he says, "tough ****, you are going to an active military installation, you don't get on that bus until I see that sticker on your shirt". Naturally I capitulate! I am pretty sure I am not going to get a hug from this guy! At least the sticker is white!
Off we go, naturally slowing ...
... the Bell Tolls, and The Green Hills of Africa were written in Key West. Hemingway's then-wife had a big swimming pool built, the first one in Key West. He left Key West in 1939 and went to Cuba, where he spent the next 20 years. Our knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide gave us a complete tour of the estate.
A trolley-bus took us on a narrated tour of the town, where we learned many more facts and ...