Day 6 – Journey to Atlantis [Dine Around Disney 2014] (Part 3)

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Kennedy Space Center; Olivia’s Cafe (Breakfast); Lunch with an Astronaut; Yachtsman Steakhouse (Signature Dining)

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August 19th, 2014
…Continued from Part 2…

This is where it all began. On July 20, 1969, millions of people all over the world held their breath while a single man put his foot onto the moon’s surface. Recapture the wonder and excitement of that day with a visit to the Apollo/Saturn V Center – the one place in the world where you can reach out and touch a moon rock!

Feel the space race come alive as you stand under the largest rocket ever made – the mighty Saturn V. This monumental 363-foot rocket was America’s lunar transportation for 27 brave astronauts who traveled to the moon and back, fulfilling the dreams and imagination of people around the world. The same sense of awe still overwhelms visitors today. Kennedy Space Center

Apollo/Saturn V Center at Kennedy Space Center

Apollo/Saturn V Center at Kennedy Space Center

You can spend as long as you like at the Apollo/Saturn V Center, so we had a look around, touched the moon and went into the gift shop to buy some goodies to bring back home. I remember when I went to the Johnson Space Center with my dad, back in 1993; he wouldn’t let me buy space ice-cream, so it was the first thing I picked up to buy when at KSC!

We caught a bus back to the main area and walked over to see Space Shuttle Atlantis℠ …

Features state-of-the-art multimedia presentations and more than 60 interactive exhibits and high-tech simulators that bring to life the complex systems and components behind this incredible feat of engineering. Kennedy Space Center

Space Shuttle Atlantis Exhibit at Kennedy Space Center

Space Shuttle Atlantis Exhibit at Kennedy Space Center

Space Shuttle Atlantis Exhibit at Kennedy Space Center

We hiked our way up to the top of the building where we walked into a room with huge screens all around us and a presentation about the shuttle missions over the years.

As the presentation drew to a close, the final image was of Space Shuttle Atlantis℠, which you then soon realised faded out to the actual shuttle behind it – both Steve and myself burst into tears. I can’t even explain why, it was a very emotional moment.

Space Shuttle Atlantis Exhibit at Kennedy Space Center

Hubs took a selfie in front of the shuttle and also managed to get a panoramic on his phone of the whole thing. It was so awesome to see in real life. Unbelievable really!

Space Shuttle Atlantis Exhibit at Kennedy Space Center

Space Shuttle Atlantis Exhibit at Kennedy Space Center

There is plenty to see and do in the Atlantis exhibit. Liam decided to have a go on the giant slide! We looked around in fascination and could have done with more time in here, but the time was already ticking and we’d have to be making a move home.

Space Shuttle Atlantis Exhibit at Kennedy Space Center

Space Shuttle Atlantis Exhibit at Kennedy Space Center

…Concluded in Part 4…

 

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