First lets qualify, I am a space nut! So a trip to NASA was always going to be hit with me.
We did the ATX Astronaut Training Experience. We got to meet Jon Mcbride who gave us a great talk about NASA and the shuttle missions, the famous astronauts he knew (Jon is a former shuttle pilot himself). He was facinating and such a lovely man. To meet a real astronaut and someone who has orbited the earth was a real treat.
Then we had to practice landing the shuttle on a simulator, and to unload the pay load and attach it to the space station. We also experienced weightlessness by means of weight counterbalance. We were then put in the spinning simulator, woah fun but dizzy.
Then as a group we conducted a shuttle mission from lift off, to unloading the pay load and landing. Everyone got a role and a script from shuttle commander, pilot, special ops 1 & 2 all in the shuttle to the control tower people and public relations. We then had to conduct the mission. I was the shuttle commander and had to fly and land the shuttle, awesome fun.
This experience was awesome and not just for me the space nut but also for my partner and teenage daughter who aren't space nuts. They really look after you with a free polo shirt, free drinks and snacks and freely share their passion for NASA and space. Bruno was great, fantastic guy. I highly recommend this.
We then looked through the hall of fame which was humbling. One day when we are traversing the universe these men and women will be held in the reverence that Marco Polo, Burke and Wills, Scott of the Antarctic etc are today.
We then went to Kennedy itself and did the bus tour and the shuttle launch experience which we enjoyed. Of course we hit the gift shop. I was happily surprised to find the price very reasonable for a giftshop. A nice change from Disney, Seaworld and Universal. So we bought heaps. The freeze dried ice cream is pretty ordinary though, but a great novelty.
We had a great day at Kennedy and loved the change of pace fom the Orlando parks. Meeting Jon Mcbride has inspired my daughter and shown her to chase her dreams and that alone is worth the price.
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