Shooting into Space



Whenever my mom and step dad came to visit me in Florida, we went to the Kennedy Space Center. I wasn't really 100% sure what to expect, but I was honestly blown away by how much I liked and enjoyed the experience there. It took a while to get there from our hotel, maybe about 45 minutes to an hour, and on the way back it felt like even longer. However, I wouldn't have traded the experience for the world. 

Whenever you walk into the Kennedy Space Center the first thing that you see is the rocket grave yard - it's absolutely massive and you cannot miss it. It was incredible to stand next to some of the rockets that had gone into space and just marvel at how large they were. There are a ton of different things that you can do there - from watching the space shuttle launches, or watching two different movies, to walking around a couple different museums/exhibitions. 

If I could only suggest one thing to do while you were there though, it would have to be to go on the guided bus tour. They bring you out to see how long it takes to get the shuttles ready for launch and the path they take to get from the building that they are constructed in to the launch zone. Then they bring you to a museum where you go through an old school launch of one of the Apollos. Afterward, you can walk around and see a bunch of different information about the lunar landings and the work that they're currently doing in space. 

I have to admit that thinking about space/going to space scares me a lot. I don't like the idea of the vast openness that is space. I think that it's both terrifying and exhilarating at the same time. The people who dream and go into aerodynamics/becoming astronauts are some of the bravest people that I think of because of my fear. One of the coolest things about the Kennedy Space Center is the fact that they have some of the rockets and some of the space shuttles there. You can actually go into a shuttle simulator and feel what it would feel like to go into space (within reason). You can also see the shuttles (though you can't touch them), and how massive they actually are. 

If you're in Orlando, or anywhere near the general area, I would definitely say check it out because this is something that I will cherish for the rest of my life. 
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