Smythe Family On The Road travel blog

Walking into the entrance of the Kennedy Space Center.

The bus tour takes us past the Vehicle Assembly Building.

The gray vehicle with tracks on the bottom is what rolls the...

This display is in the Apollo/Saturn V Center. These are the actual...

These are the boosters of Saturn V, the largest rocket ever made.

Jonathan and Deb at the foot of Saturn V.

Tom took a picture of one of the five nozzles on the...

Walking under the rocket towards the other end.

When we looked outside, we could see the Space Shuttle in the...

The Apollo missions lunar lander was hanging from the ceiling of the...

Tom and Jonathan stand by the rover.

Jonathan's hand touching a piece of lunar rock.

Tom and Jonathan in their Apollo Astronaut suits as they walk on...

The small bus on the right carries the astronauts out to the...

Getting ready for the Shuttle Launch Experience.

This picture was on the walkway out of the ride.

This time it's Deb and Jonathan's turn for pictures by a more...

An alligator rests in the water close to the spot we picked...

He hangs around in the shade.

A security helicopter flies around the area just before launch. We're down...

This was our view. The launch would be coming up somewhere behind...

There it goes! The crowd is cheering, whistling and clapping at this...

We can begin to hear the sound at this point.

We couldn't decide which pictures to put up so just enjoy all...

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The flags are getting lower in the shot as the shuttle gets...

The flags really made the pictures look special.

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The Space Shuttle begins to go horizontal and is moving away from...

This was our view from our position in the Space Center. The...

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This ball has all the constellations on it. It floats on water...

Jonathan checks out the fountain at the bottom.

A model of the Space Shuttle.

We went back to do the Space Shuttle Experience again. They show...

An explanation of the chemicals used as fuel in the rocket.

The Twang, where the rocket tips forward and back, is explained.

The crowd is told they'll have to memorize all the manuals on...

The view from inside the Space Shuttle ride as it flies over...

Jonathan and Deb in front of the Explorer.

A model of the rocket and boosters in the background.

Tom and Jonathan are standing in front of the entrance to the...

This picture is taken inside the Explorer Shuttle. The lunar module is...

In the foreground is where people sat during the shuttle launch. They...

This was a rest area but it looked pretty cool from the...

This area of the Space Center has all the rockets on display.

This is the kind of cat-walk the astronauts use to get from...

Jonathan stands by one of the rocket boosters used on the Apollo/Saturn...

Standing in the middle of the mall of rockets.

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The sun was setting as we walked out to the parking lot....


Thursday, February 7, 2008.

Thousand Trails, Clermont, FL

Space Shuttle Launch at Kennedy Space Center

We got up around 5:45 this morning so we could leave in plenty of time to allow for traffic on the way to Kennedy Space Center. We figured it would be a good hour without traffic so we headed out the door at 6:30.

When I woke Jonathan up, he wanted to roll back over and go to sleep. I guess he gets that from me because I move pretty slow in the mornings too.

We arrived at the Space Center at 8:00. The first thing we did was go on a bus tour of the Space Center. We drove past the buildings where the shuttles are stored and prepared for launch then drove out to the building where the Saturn V was on display. We were able to look around there and got to see a movie about the mission as well. It was time to head back to the Space Center at noon though because the launch was going to take place at 2:45 PM. As we were driving back, our bus stopped at a traffic light. We were directed to remain there because the astronauts were being brought out to the launch pad via a procession. It was fun to be witness to their vehicle as it rolled by.

When we got back to the Space Center, we had lunch then found a spot to watch the launch. It was great. People cheered and hollered. When we could no longer see the shuttle, we went into the IMAX Theatre to watch a movie about the Space Station.

We went back to do the Shuttle Experience again because Jonathan liked it so much then we worked our way around the grounds. We wanted to wait until traffic died down and see a few other things before we left.

We headed out around 5:30 and drove home. Traffic was bad but we think it was more because of the tolls than the launch. We got home around 8:00 tonight. Jonathan got ready, watched a little bit of a movie then went to bed. He fell asleep right away. He kept saying that he wanted to sleep later tomorrow morning so we'll see what time he wakes up. We're planning on going to Animal Kingdom tomorrow and then to Epcot again if it's not too late in the day. We'll see what the crowds are like.



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