Travel Blogs from Melbourne Beach
... way in Fort Lauderdale! (here's hoping!)
The whole centre is beautifully set up and geared to handle thousands! We started with the gardens and then did a bus tour that took us down to the launching pads, seeing how the crawler works and learning about the difference between a Shuttle and Orbiter!!
The highlight was seeing the actual space shuttle Atlantis which is now on display which was just incredible to learn about.
... 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 ...
... and just being completely amazed by the displays, it was well worth the drive.
We sat in on an Imax movie about the Hubble telescope. What an achievement!!
The Hubble telescope must rate as one the most significant pieces of technology in the history of man... Mind boggling stuff! If you haven't seen the documentary as yet, you really should...
Tomorrow, we are taking to the water for a boat tour of Miami.
DAY 62 ….. March 7th ….. Melbourne Beach
From Tokyo via Vancouver, Canada and Dallas with an overnight in Orlando before picking-up a car rental for the final 'leg' home.
The cruise mileage was 18,232 miles / 29,329 kms and the total trip mileage was 27,687 miles / 44,542 kms.
... The lines were pretty short so it just took a minute or two and soon we were disembarking The Disney Fantasy.
We found our luggage and made our way through customs easily and caught a shuttle van to the National Car Rental facility and we scored an upgraded SUV for our next few days at Walt Disney World.
The drive back to Orlando was uneventful as everyone slept and we were at Disney’s ...