Kennedy Space Center

Get a closer look at our past, present and future in space!





   This is John Blaha, a shuttle astronaut, and of course me. He was the visiting astronaut and gave us some very interesting stories. Have you ever tried to sleep in weightlessness? I think he has been on six shuttle missions, plus a stint on the MIR. You have got to listen to the astronauts telling their stories if you do get to the space center.

  This is just an announcement of the astronaut.

   The Saturn V rocket and the engines below. This is a great visit. It is tremendous to look up at the rocket and imagine that thing lifting off. I used to watch many of them from my parents front yard as they lifted into the heavens.

   Check out those engines! This is at the Apollo/Saturn V Center which features a 363 foot moon rocket. Check out the Firing Room Theatre which recreate an Apollo launch and the lunar theatre which depicts the first moon landing. The particular phase is part of the bus tour given daily.
   This is the land rover the astronauts practiced with while here on earth. It is equipped a little bit differently because of the difference in gravity of the earth and the moon
One of the launch sites. This view is from the top of Launch Complex 39 Observation Gantry. This may be the pad the Space shuttle will launch from August 27th, 2006. There are two pads for shuttle launches.
This is a load of equipment being prepared to send up to the space station.
   This is John Fabian. A veteran of two space flights and a great person. We sat and talked for about five minutes after his talk session was over.
   This is the shuttle ready for the August 27th, 2006 launch. It is enclosed by the service platform that is pictured below.
  This is a real cool exhibit at the Launch Complex 39. You see the shuttle ready for launch. The big steel frame to the left is on circular tracks and is rotated away from the shuttle when it is going off. When they are working on it the steel frame is rotated to the right to enclose the shuttle from the shuttle top side. You can see how it is closed on the picture below this.
   In this picture you can see how the shuttle service gantry (I call it that) is closed around the shuttle. This is the position after it has been set out on the launch pad until it is ready for launching. This picture was taken from the same spot after the gantry on the exhibit rolled into the shuttle to show everyone how they do it there.

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