|Our visit to KSC started on Tuesday,
January 5, 1999. We saw to IMAX movies, a tour of KSC, and a tour of "The
Cape". The 2 IMAX movies were "Mission to Mir" and "The Dream
is Alive". Both were exciting with breath taking views of Mir and the space
The KSC tour dropped you off at 3
different exhibits. The first exhibit stopped at a full size replica of the gantry
on pads 39A and B. Although is was a very cold day, it was a blast walking up the 5
flights of stairs to the top and overlook pads 39A and B. The second exhibit was the
Apollo/Saturn 5 exhibit. This was truly inspiring. You get to see to movies
with simulations. The first one is the launch and flight of Apollo 8. The
second is Apollo 11's landing on the moon.
The 3rd part of the KSC tour is the International Space Station
exhibit. We decided to bag this exhibit because there was a very rare tour of the
Cape going on at the same time. So we got on the bus and went off for a 3 hour tour
of the old "Cape Canaveral Air Force Base" were the old Mercury missions were
launched from. It was something to see the old gantries, rockets, and block houses
where it all took place. We got to see the original mission control block building
which was used for the Mercury missions.
Below is a picture of the Vehicle Assembly Building.
Unfortunately we were unable to visit the VAB due to concerns over terrorism. It
only takes a few assholes to screw up for the rest of us!