Atlantis at KSC

Our first trip back to the Kennedy Space Center since the Atlantis space shuttle was delivered to it’s permanent home, so we took lots of pictures …

 

We also took the Launch Center Tour, since soon it won’t be possible (once NASA starts re-equipping it in preparation for future launches) …

 

KSC March 2013

Today we visited the Kennedy Space Center visitor complex again, with Margaret’s sister Kate and their Mother. First to greet us was a new welcome “sculpture”, quite lovely.

Then we again did the “close up tour” out to launch pad 39A; for the first time, I noticed the “scouring” on the blast walls; you can see the sunlight lit diagonal scratches, presumably following the direction of the exhaust gases:

We also, of course, did the Apollo 8 launch simulation, Apollo 11 landing simulation, and viewed the Saturn V exhibit:

Space Shuttle Atlantis

We spent today at the Kennedy Space Center, to attend the last ever journey of Space Shuttle Atlantis, to it’s future museum/exhibit home – we weren’t the only interested people!


We started our day on another tour bus – but this time we got closer than ever to the one-time Shuttle launchpad 39A:

 

Next stop was a VERY close-up with Atlantis, almost close enough to touch 🙂


But Atlantis was on a journey, and it continued as the day progressed. It’s destination:

And as we all lined up to watch, Atlantis slowly (very slowly!) approached …

 

And as we leave at the end of the day, Atlantis is close to being pushed in to the new museum/exhibit building …