Thursday, February 15, 2007

Kennedy Space Centre

We both awoke around 5am to the sounds of screaming coming from next door. It sounded like someone was being murdered. A girl was screaming "You're killing me Dave" - quickly followed by "Stop it Dave, I can't take any more", "Do it to me Dave", "You're huge Dave"... you get the idea. This went on for a couple of hours. No kidding. It wasn't funny after the first 10 minutes. We eventually had to phone reception to ask someone to come up to ask them to shut-up. I then spent the rest of the day avoiding Dave, who, if he was half as big as his girlfriend inferred, would make mince-meat of me.

At least it meant that we were up bright and early to head off to Kennedy Space Centre. We left at 9.30am and arrived at 11 o'clock. Yesterday's sunshine was replaced with cloud - and it was a lot cooler (mid-sixties). But the Space Centre was excellent.

We started with a coach tour of the area (it's spread over several miles). You can get on and off the bus as you please. Each stage has a theme and the first stop was the Apollo Mission. We saw the actual control panel used to control the flights, watched movies about some of the missions (including Apollo 13) and saw various (genuine) artefacts related to the missions (such as moon rock).

The next stop was the Space Shuttle where I watched a truly wonderful 3D movie about the space station.

The place closes at 6.30pm and we were among the last people to leave. We came today because there was meant to be a launch of a satellite but it was cancelled (for 24 hours) due to the cloud. We were disappointed to miss it. But the day itself was brilliant. One of the best.

We got back to the hotel at 8pm and did a little packing before heading off to Perkins for dinner. We go home tomorrow.

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