Space Center Experience

I recently had my first experience touring the Kennedy Space Center at Titusville, FL and I’m still in awe at what we accomplished. The next launch is scheduled for Monday, April 5. I hope we don’t lose this program.

Headlines from all over the world when Man Walked on the Moon

Me under booster rocket–gives perspective!

Side view of Apollo 11, first moon landing

Apollo 11 Command Module

Lunar Module

Mock-up of Shuttle

Vehicle Assembly Building where shuttle is assembled, then transported to launch site on a crawler transporter, which by itself weighs 2,400 tons. Fully loaded with 150 tons of shuttle orbiter, tanks, fuel, and rocket boosters, it travels at .5 mph on a gravel roadway, and takes 6-8 hours to reach the launchpad.

Each cleat from the crawler-transporter weighs one ton

Discovery and Crew Prepare for STS-131 Mission April 5
Commander Alan Poindexter is set to lead the STS-131 mission to the International Space Station aboard space shuttle Discovery. Joining Poindexter will be Pilot Jim Dutton and Mission Specialists Rick Mastracchio, Clay Anderson, Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger, Stephanie Wilson and Naoko Yamazaki of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.

Discovery will carry a multi-purpose logistics module filled with science racks for the laboratories aboard the station. The mission has three planned spacewalks, with work to include replacing an ammonia tank assembly, retrieving a Japanese experiment from the station’s exterior, and switching out a rate gyro assembly on the S0 segment of the station’s truss structure.

STS-131 will be the 33rd shuttle mission to the station.

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  1. What an interesting tour, Heidi. It is amazing what we’ve accomplished. Thanks for sharing this experience with us.

  2. That is so very cool. Awesome pictures. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I hope we don’t lose the NASA program, either. That’d be a major setback in our progress as a species, as far as I’m concerned. Part of what makes humanity worthwhile is our limitless imagination and wonder at the universe around us.

  4. I know it’s trite to say, but the only way to describe it is AWESOME! I can’t imagine what Buzz Aldrin must have felt, walking on the moon.

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