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Day 21-26

We moved on to the Orlando area, home of DisneyWorld, SeaWorld and Universal Studios.

Since Bill and I lived in the area and worked at Disney, we took the time to visit with friends.

We had the best time just “catching up.” We spent the day with Margie and Emmit where we picked some fresh oranges (Emmit owns an orange grove) and some delightful little fruits called “loquats” (not sure of spelling).

We also got some amaryllis from Margie.

And we had dinner with all our RV park friends at Manny’s Chophouse. What a great night!

Before leaving Orlando, we enjoyed a dinner and a show at Capone’s.

What a great night!

Arriving in Titusville early, we had a potluck, travel briefing followed by bingo.

We are so lucky to be in Titusville at this time. A missile will be launch at 11 p.m. Many of us decided to walk over to the driving range of the golf course to watch.

The United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket is carrying Cygnus cargo vessel OA-6 to resupply mission to the International Space Station. This is the last of 2 Cygnus cargo missions contracted to complete for Orbital ATK. Following the explosion of the Antares rocket in Oct. 2014, Orbital ATK signed a temporary contract with ULA to fulfill their resupply missions for NASA. The Antares rocket is anticipated to launch again in late 2016 from its home launch pad in Wallops, Virginia.

Since 1981 the Kennedy Space Center’s shuttle landing facility serves as the primary landing site for all space shuttle missions. The first space shuttle, Columbia, launched from Kennedy Space Center on April 12, 1981, with astronauts John Young and Bob Crippen aboard. This began the new era of “reusable” space shuttles.

Pictured below is the vehicle assembly building. Hard to believe that after they assemble the shuttle that they can get it out of that building. The tall, tall doors take 45 min. just to open!

This year one of the “transporters” was out of the building, so we got to see it up close and personal.

This year we were able to see the launch tower they will be using to launch the missile to Mars, below left, and a “crawler” (launch platform) which was built in the 1960s and was used for the moon launch. It was also used for the space shuttle project and will also be used for the Mars project.

Before leaving the complex, we hopped on the Space Shuttle Flight and Landing Simulator. We were able to view the launch control center for the Saturn V, which sent Apollo 8 astronauts into orbit around the moon.

It was exciting to sit there and imagine what it felt like to be in the control room at that time. Watching the original film of the first landing on the moon sure brought back memories.

Before our bus brought us back to the visitor center, we were detained because they were bringing a wide load to the launch area. Unfortunately, they always have them covered up, so we don’t know what it was that they were bringing.

Our final night many of us went to the Dixie Crossroads Restaurant for a LEO.

Great food! Great company! Great time!

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Posted March 23, 2016 by carolnbill in Travel

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