Kennedy Space Center

WAJAS98

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Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex had a 10 year master plan made for them by PGAV Destination a few years back. They have followed it pretty well by building the new entrance plaza, Orbiter Home, and upgrading dining.
Here's the master plan:

About this schedule, they seem to have followed it pretty well. They seem to be about a year behind as the new main retail and the Legacy (renamed Heroes and Legends, includes relocated Astronaut HoF) are the ones currently being constructed over there. They have construction walls up for these two projects right now.


Some slight changes to the plan include the Legacy/Atronaut HoF/Heroes and Legends building going were it says Debus on the map on the bottom left. Here's a fly through of the new attraction.

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Hockeyman55

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Here is a KSC question for you guys. Do you think there is enough do see and do there for little ones in the 3-5 year old range. I haven't been since 1986 and we keep talking about checking it out and the kids do love seeing rocket launches we show them on tv and Youtube so we think seeing all the rockets, shuttles and displays will interest them enough to enjoy it. What do you guys think?
 

s8film40

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If you haven't been since 1986 it's definitely worth checking out. There are some fun things for kids. There is a playground near the rocket garden. The shuttle exhibit has a large slide and a ISS crawl through mock up hanging from the ceiling, pretty scary if your afraid of heights.

The shuttle exhibit is very well done. It really is on the level of something Universal or Disney would do, well maybe Disney in the 80's & 90's. The shuttle ride isn't too bad. I'm not sure if the Angry Birds games are still there but they would be good for kids. Other than that there are great visuals for kids Saturn V rocket, shuttle etc.
 

Brian G.

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I spent the whole weekend there with the finale being the SpaceX-9 rocket launch last night.

Here's the video:


I'll have more video and pictures in the coming days.
 
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JoeCamel

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Was the moon out so you could see that weird moonlit cloud from the exhaust? Almost full but I don't know the timing for it.
 
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s8film40

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Just to clarify it wasn't "at launch" but rather at the launch pad. They do a lot of tests leading up to launch.

This is the best photo I've found:

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Just to add from reading reports it sounds like there was a static fire test (where the rocket is held down and the engines are run briefly to check everything out) planned today. This should mean no one was near the pad. Also it hasn't been said yet wether the satellite had already been added to the rocket, that will ultimately dictate how costly this failure was.
 
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UK-Trigg

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I don't think there is anything more spectacular than watching a launch.
My bucket list includes seeing a launch, yet in all my trips I haven't never seen one yet.

One trip I planned around a shuttle launch, something myself and mt Daughter were keen to experience, So we checked the dates and made our plans. Unfortunately the launch was delayed and wasn't rescheduled until our return to the UK.

I remember eventually watching it live on the news with my Daughter by my side, we both had the longest of faces and as it was the final voyage we knew that our own ship had sailed on that one.

Moral of the story, If you want something then go get it because before you know it i could be gone :doh:
 
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s8film40

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My bucket list includes seeing a launch, yet in all my trips I haven't never seen one yet.

One trip I planned around a shuttle launch, something myself and mt Daughter were keen to experience, So we checked the dates and made our plans. Unfortunately the launch was delayed and wasn't rescheduled until our return to the UK.

I remember eventually watching it live on the news with my Daughter by my side, we both had the longest of faces and as it was the final voyage we knew that our own ship had sailed on that one.

Moral of the story, If you want something then go get it because before you know it i could be gone :doh:
Launches can be hard to see even for locals. The dates are always changing and the possibility of delay or cancellation is always present even up to mere seconds before launch. Many times I've made the trip out only to have the launch scrubbed and rescheduled to a time when I couldn't go. That being said they're amazing to see, however with limited time during a vacation trying to catch one is a real gamble with your time.
 

Scott W.

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My bucket list includes seeing a launch, yet in all my trips I haven't never seen one yet.

One trip I planned around a shuttle launch, something myself and mt Daughter were keen to experience, So we checked the dates and made our plans. Unfortunately the launch was delayed and wasn't rescheduled until our return to the UK.

I remember eventually watching it live on the news with my Daughter by my side, we both had the longest of faces and as it was the final voyage we knew that our own ship had sailed on that one.

Moral of the story, If you want something then go get it because before you know it i could be gone :doh:
Not to rub it in but I think watching a shuttle launch was the coolest thing I have ever seen.

 

JoeCamel

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Not to rub it in but I think watching a shuttle launch was the coolest thing I have ever seen.

Yes, I made it over for a couple of night ones, one had low cloud cover so it was over fast but the other was clear. All the way back people were pulled over to see the exhaust plume lit by the moon. Hung around for more than an hour.

Was coming up to the parks one morning early after they launched a Delta and the plume was lit by the moon. People were on the side of the road from US27 all the way into Orlando watching
 
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