The other posting of my vacation I wanted to share… I had quite a few pictures to work through. These are not all of them. To see the larger collection go here – http://daviddaniels.smugmug.com/NASA

Some pics from my visit to “The Kennedy Space Center” which is built more like a theme park for the future Space Tourism industry. Most of the park is dedicated to the work that was done by the Space Shuttle program. The early space program has a small dedicated space to it but it didn’t seem too popular. Here are some replicas of some of the early rockets used in the US Space Program. This is called the “Rocket Garden”.

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The next few pictures are of inspiring quotes you will find around the center…

For the eyes of the world now look into space, to the moon and to the planets beyond, and we have vowed that we shall not see it governed by a hostile flag of conquest, but by a banner of freedom and peace. We have vowed that we shall not see space filled with weapons of mass destruction, but with instruments of knowledge and understanding. (They really should have added that last sentence). Full speech is here…

Kennedy Space Center

This next one caught my eye…

Occupy

Then there was this one… Interesting choice of words

Launch a revolution

Look Up! “The Sky Calls To Us”…

The Sky Calls to us

“The future doesn’t belong to the fainthearted, it belongs to the brave”… a quote I found on the recent memorial that was set up and dedicated to the two shuttles that were lost, Challenger and Columbia.

The Future

Some more pics from the new memorial… Columbia’s Cockpit windows and a body panel of Challenger.

Lost Shuttles
The memorial bought back a lot of memories of my childhood. Especially Challenger which was lost in 1986, right in the middle of my High School days. On that last fatal mission Challenger was to carry the first teacher into space which was big news back in the day.

First Teacher

 

Columbia Cockpit

Challenger Panel

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Today’s missions are all focused on probing the Solar System and getting to Mars. Curiosity is the latest rover to go to Mars and it’s mission has been extended indefinitely, because this guy is nuclear, not the like the previous explorers which are solar powered. It’s the one mission that is helping prep for a manned mission to Mars.

Curiosity Rover

Curiosity
And finally, my favorite picture which is the featured image of the post… Space Shuttle Atlantis, the only retired shuttle that is displayed with its payload door open. Atlantis flew the final mission of the Space Shuttle program.

Atlantis Open Bay Door
Interesting fact: Atlantis was known among the shuttle workforce as being more prone than the others in the fleet to problems that needed to be addressed while readying the vehicle for launch leading to some nicknaming it “Britney“.

Hope you learned something on this one. I would highly recommend a visit to Kennedy Space Center if you are ever in the area. :)

 

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