Well we drove there, we had left the car parked at the Disney Terminal at the Port. We used my "Waze" app on my kinda smart phone and went right there. We got out and I being the camera person that I am...got a pic of the kid in front of the NASA emblem..
He looked totally thrilled.....He hates having his picture taken...so what do I do....take his picture...It is a Dad thing. We also saw the memorial monument to President John F Kennedy,
We walked around and headed to the "Atlantis exhibit", The first thing we saw walking up to it was the boosters.
All I can say is that they were huge. We were ushered into an auditorium that showed the video of the initial development of the shuttle back in 1971.
This video was a bit different than what was shown, but you will recognize some of the stuff from the video that I do have pictures of. After the video was over, we were released into the shuttle display area, the first thing we saw was the shuttle itself..
I couldn't get a good view of the docking arm because of the way it was situated and I had people all over the place. Oh well...
Here was the inspiration for the shuttle from the Chief Mercury program engineer, he used it to show the next step of the program in 1971.
They also had the camper that they used to transport the astronauts to the launch station.
This was used to transport the astronauts to the launch platform, the astronauts used to carry their own cooling units and to help keep them cool, they would give them a ride in this camper.
I also saw the remembrance area for the astronauts that died in the shuttle disasters.
I saw memento's from all the astronauts, I was again amazed how many of them had ties to the Boy Scouts. The timeless value's that are taught humbled me and made me proud of being part of this organization. I also saw part of the Challenger's hull.
Columbia shuttle there.
I did enjoy the visit immensely, my inner geek was pleased. I did miss on the opportunity to see Astronaut Carr from the Skylab missions,
This is from my collection of stuff in my man cave.
I remembered my blogging about Skylab back in 2012, and that I was angry that NASA didn't try to save her in the late 70's. I had written letters to NASA and to President Carter at the time, my 13 year old anger couldn't understand why they let her burn up. I will post in a day or 2 the second part of my visit to the Saturn V building....*WOW* and the journey around the complex.