On the bus ride back, I managed to get a good picture of one of the launch pad sites. The good thing is the ride back to the main complex is only 15 minutes, the bad news is you don’t get a do-over of some sites, like the mobile launch pads or the SpaceX building. So my advice for the fellow space junkie, jump in a line early enough, grab a window seat, and go crazy with the pictures. Just not too crazy around the gaurd stations.
Upon returning to the Space Center main complex, we decided to check out the new Atlantis exhibit. We were told by one of the workers prior to our tour that this would be best to save for last, since there is over 65 interactive things and see and do while in there. A whole building with all those attractions for one space shuttle?
She was right.
Your journey begins up a large ramp that leads you to a few mini movies about the shuttle program’s history, ultimately leading you to the one and only Atlantis.
As you make your way downstairs, you come across a variety of little interactive play zones and recreated walkthroughs of the different parts of the space shuttle. Incuding the pilots cockpit and other control panels.
Yay! Shiny things to touch!
The Atlantis building is also home to many other things, including a memorial hall devoted to victims of the Columbia and Challenger disasters, each little shadowbox included a few momentos of their respective space hero.
Here are a few more things worth stumbling around to
And of course, you can’t forget the Space Monkey Mafia in the gift shop.
A few feet away has a building that showcases NASA’s Mars projects and the many plans they have to send people to explore the untouched planet. They also showcase a variety of Mars rovers and concept designs for vehicles. Very impressive. Can’t wait to see this unfold…in about another 14 years.
I wish my little cruddy camera on my phone would do it justice. It really is a sight to see for yourself.
All in all it was an amazing day exploring with the bestie. And of course, what birthday wouldn’t be complete without Oreo Cupcakes? Hands down, one of the best cupcakes I have ever had.
So if you find yourself wanting to wander out of the land of theme parks and sideshow attractions and into the world of the great unknown, what better way to do it then here at Kennedy Space Center. It’s amazing what you’ll find there. I still haven’t even finished everything.
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