All my life I've been an ardent fan of aviation and spaceflight. "Ardent fan?" Yeah, I know, "aviation nerd" or "space nerd" is definitely more appropriate. I give a pretty good background of my enthusiasm in a blog I wrote several years ago on this very subject that you can find by clicking here. Go ahead. The link will open in a new window, and you won't lose your place here. I'll wait. See what I mean? Lifelong.passion!
As a young lad, my father took me to the visitor's center at the Johnson Space Center (JSC) lonnnng before Space Center Houston (JSC's official visitors' center) was built. If I recall, it was just a room or two in one of the admin buildings. This would've been in the early to mid-70s, so I could be totally wrong here. If any of my readers have better information on this, I'd love to hear about it. Please leave me a comment in the comments section at the end of this blog. I've been to Space Center Houston several times, and it's one of the first places I think of when visitors come to town, looking for something unique.
Johnson Space Center controls space operations since Gemini IV. In fact, the first word from the moon was "Houston." Once a spacecraft clears the launching tower, control passes to JSC. Actually prepping and launching the vehicle, though, is done at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) at Cape Canaveral, Florida. The KSC Visitor Complex is the Cape's version of Space Center Houston. We purchased our tickets online about a week before flying out to MCO.
Cindy and I woke up to our alarm set for 8:15 after a good night's sleep. The day, as predicted was cool and rainy, but that didn't dampen our enthusiasm for what was to come. We ran into two of our cruise group, Rob and Larry (yes, the same "Larry" of "Larry and Mary" from my previous blog) at breakfast and shared a table with them. Breakfast complete, I requested a ride from Uber and ten minutes later we were on our way to KSC.
Welcome to KSC