Kennedy Space Center Visitors Center
It was way back in 1994 when I was last there. For some strange reason, I don't remember the Sat V being on display, I'm sure it was though. I remember being on a tour bus and driving practally right under launch pad 39a! That was way before 9/11. I should go back sometime, but like one of the posts mentioned, the price of admission is through the roof as most other attraction here in Florida. If I could be just within safe range and have a Saturn V blast off I would be die a very happy person!!
Now I wanna visit. However, remind me not to use the restrooms while there, just didnt look comfy enough :0 Hey, did you see a good opportunity to 'sneak' away from the tour and get closer to the launch pad??
NASA is doing a very great work as their investigation will lead us to know our earth much better than now and who knows, maybe, we will find life somewhere in the universe.
Image 3 should read Mercury-Redstone, Mercury-Atlas, Thor-Delta and Atlas-Agena. Gemini-Titan is no where to be seen in this photo.
"a totally renovated new facility that is privately funded" Sorry, but I grew up in Brevard County and for decades the Space Center was a great, free place to visit. That was back in the day when it was run by NASA itself. You could walk around the rocket garden, see a few demonstrations and all of the exhibits for free. They charged for the bus tours and IMAX, of course, but you could take them or not. After it was privatized, the ticket costs rival Disney World.
the zero-G toilet concerns me. Does the handle thing get removed before I sit down or is there some sort of buttocks dexterity training astronauts have to go through?
...when you leave the launch control room and walk directly into the business end of the first stage of the Saturn V booster. Nothing prepares you for the scale of the thing. Saw it 11 years ago when I was there to see the Cassini launch. Thanks for the pictures.
I stopped at a rest stop close to Huntsville, Alabama many years ago and it had a Saturn 1b on display. I grew up during the Mercury-Gemini-Apollo era. Seeing a Saturn booster on TV and then seeing the real thing is almost indescribeable. The shear size of the Saturn booster is mind boogling.