|Rocket history, right when you arrive
When you arrive it's clear they took some notes from Disney on how to run a theme park. Lots of ways to heighten the senses, heighten the drama, and heighten the price. $10 for parking alone, in a massive lot in Florida. Excessive, but hey. It's for space!
The first thing we did was the bus tour. It's a 40 minute ride that takes you around all the launch pads, complete with video explanations and a perky driver who points out non-spacey things, like the bald eaglets that hatched last winter sitting in that tree, or the alligator hanging out in that bog.
|Bald eaglets. That nest is the size of a king mattress.
|Launchpad 39A. Space X made it black.
|Launchpad 39B. Note the 3 towers around it.
Those are for lightning.
The bus drops you off at a facility where you can watch a video, eat some food, and catch another bus back to the theme park. Inside it are a number of articles, booths, and hands-on things, but above it? A lunar rocket. All three stages, and the capsule.
|How big was the stage 1 rocket?
That's me in the bottom of the screen.
|Too big to get in one shot
|Big payload area. Bigger than you think.
|Note the mixed colors on the heat tiles.
Yep, it's heyday is behind it.