When we looked at visiting the Space Center, there was some concern over what it would cost, especially as we were going to a "museum" type exhibit.
After visiting, I would have gladly paid double for what we received from the trip. I wouldn't quite say a life-changing experience, but pretty darn close.
All I can say is if you have an interest in space and the space program, the visit is an absolute banquet of US space exploration history. From the rocket garden, to the Saturn V exhibit, to the bus tour, every space geek will be thrilled.
Plus you get to touch a piece of the Moon. How seriously cool is THAT?!
However, regardless of who you are, when the curtain goes up and you see the new Shuttle exhibit for the first time, it will BLOW YOUR MIND. It was a month ago and my mind is still BLOWN. Not only did the Center do an excellent job in the lead in to the exhibit (with the movies and the music), the way Atlantis is presented at the end of the movie would be like....hmmm....
I know, coming downstairs on Christmas Eve, and finding Santa putting presents under the tree. Seriously, it is that good. Seeing the shuttle made this 40-something person feel like a 5 year old again. Imagine all your best dreams as a child coming back in one instantaneous moment when you see the shuttle.
Plus the memorial for Challenger and Columbia gave my kids and I a chance to talk about groupthink, ethics, and never being afraid to say or do the right thing. It's a shame that these lives were lost when none needed to be.
And after dropping cash in an excellent gift shop, a stroll through the rocket garden will impress anyone with:
- How small the Mercury rockets are
- How cool it is to walk down the same gangway that the astronauts did for Apollo 11 before going to the moon
Regardless, a worthwhile trip for everyone. Period. A reminder of a time when hope (not cynicism) was prevalent in Western society, and our accomplishments could only be limited by what we could dream.
Just make sure you get there early enough, as there is a surprising amount of stuff to see, and the buses out to the Saturn V exhibit only run until a certain time in the day.
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