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... built a bunker for it for subsequent launches. Eventually they cabled power to the site to run the cameras direct.
There were also some porta potties at that site for the tourists, they are all cabled to ground. Apparently during bad weather that area can see winds in excess of 100 MPH and the potties had been blown as much as 10 miles inland, coming to rest against a chain link fence surrounding an unused launch pad.
As we were ...
... at solid rocket booster seperation, SRB Sep I hear The Voice, you in row 4 (me!) put away your camera or I will stop the ride. Ooops, busted, they are obviously watching us with a camera!
The ride runs for a few more minutes, fuel tank separation and then simulated weightlessness. Apparently real shuttle astronauts have ridden the ride and called it a very close approximation to an actual launch. The real thing lasts just 8.5 minutes in which the astronauts go from ...
This morning we drove to Cape Canaveral and visited the Kennedy Space Centre, which is where most of the famous rockets have been launched.
Some of the highlights were:
1. Space Shuttle Atlantis (The first space shuttle with 33 successful missions to space)
2. Apolo Saturn V Centre (Holds Saturn V, the rocket that ...
... we enter is a museum containing all the early space attempts and mostly failures, I do chuckle when we pass the bit about how Russia beat America into space, this bit is hidden away like an outdoor port a loo.
Next up we watch a 3D movie at the on site IMAX about the Hubble space telescope, it is awesome even Anna is smiling although her mind has been blown to smithereens by the sheer vastness of the universe.
As the sun is shining we take ...
We had a bit of time to kill before meeting up with friends for dinner so we hung out at the Cocoa Beach area. Having had our fair share of beach outings, we stayed inland and visited, Ron Jon's, "The Largest Surf Shop in the World!" We love shops that let Rusty in and since there are buses of tourists driven to the shop, they had parking for Big B. There wasn't anything particularly awesome about the place but it had a/c!
Then we pulled into a Manatee Park for lunch. ...