Friday, 12 July 2013

Fly me to the moon!

Well maybe not, I think a trip to the Kennedy Space Centre is probably as close as we’re going to get.
We took the tour round the rocket garden, 

informational boards give details about the first rockets, the astronauts who commanded them, the space race, and, that when the rocket launches the astronauts are effectively sitting on what is a huge bomb.   I never thought about it quite like that before.

Our ticket price included quite a few things one of which was a trip out to see a Saturn rocket.   It was quite a drive to get there we drove past launch pads with massive doors that take 45 minutes to close.  

On arrival we watched some informational films about the moon landings and then we were able to visit an actual Saturn rocket, it is huge.

It was so long that no matter how we tried we couldn’t get it all in at once. 

On the lunar landing craft, the orange material that looks like cooking foil is actually Kevlar, if you tried to climb the steps while it was on earth your weight would break them, but as there is no gravity on the moon they work just fine.
The space suit below is on loan from Captain James Lovell.

It’s a fascinating place and even though we arrived right on opening time there was just so much to see, we didn’t have time to visit the Astronaut Hall of Fame.    

Have fun, we are!

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