Sunday the 17th of February, Day 8:
We had to get up VERY early for disembarkation. Unfortunately, the boat was delayed. We had to make a stop at Nassau because someone had a medical emergency and then getting into port there was a 50 MPH headwind. Ultimately we ended up leaving for our Kennedy Space Center tour about an hour and a half later than we were originally supposed to. So getting up that early wasn’t really needed.
It was cold in Florida, or at least much colder than I had expected. The whole trip I had been on the warm side, so I continued to wear shorts when we got off the boat. I think it was mainly the wind was cold when we got into the sun it was fine.
At the Kennedy Space Center it was cool to see all of the rocket parts. We got to see launch pad A. There was also an eagle’s nest on the road to the launch pads. We also saw alligators, pigs, and tons of birds as they took us around.
I got to touch a moon rock! Ok, so the rock was just a normal looking rock that had probably gotten polished from the thousands of people that touch it. But it was from the moon! In one building they had a Saturn 5 rocket hanging. It was HUGE! I didn’t realize it, but they said that the “current” shuttles were largely just used for getting parts up to the space station for building it.
Outside they had a huge rocket “garden” where they had many of the various rockets that they had used in the past.
There was also a launch experience to demonstrate what it would be like to be in a shuttle. They didn’t seem to get many G’s, but did seem to tip us all the way back, and then shake the seats, simulating G forces. It was fun!
It was sad to leave. Thanks for all of the fun, memories, and experiences. Till next year!