We had to wake up very early to load the bus to take us to Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It was still dark. We arrived at the Visitor’s Center around 6:30 am. An astronaut looking down on us greeted us at the gate! We did not have much time to visit the center because we would have to get back on a bus to travel to the causeway. We visited the Rocket Garden. They were like huge statues. It was unbelievable how big these rockets really were. We saw the Redstone, Atlas and Titan rockets that first put sent astronauts into space. They also had models of the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo capsules. Boy, there sure was not much room for astronauts to move. There were so many people at the visitor’s center hoping to see the shuttle launch we did not see much else. Even President Obama brought his family.
We loaded the bus and began our quick journey to the Causeway. It is the closest public viewing area for a shuttle launch, about 6.5 miles away from launch pad 39A. It is a very narrow strip of land that connects Merritt Island to Cape Canaveral. On our way over, we heard over the radio that the shuttle launch had been scrubbed due to a problem with one of the heaters. We were given the chance to get out and view the shuttle sitting on the launch pad. It was amazing! We were hoping to video chat with Mrs. Karnes’ class while we were there, but there was no cell service on the Causeway. We were able to keep the class up to date using texts as we were on the bus and at KSC. We were really disappointed that the launch did not happen, but the safety of the astronauts is the most important thing. We got some great photos and met some very nice people.
Endeavour finally made it into space on Monday, May 16th at 8:56 am. We watched the launch live on NASA TV using the data projector in Mrs. Karnes’ room. We were glad to all be together to witness the launch of this giant vessel that has been transporting people into space for over 30 years. It is sad to see it ending. You can follow this mission and other exciting space news at http://spaceflightnow.com/shuttle/sts134. For interactive adventures status.htmlin space you can visit http://shuttleexperience.nasa.gov/home.aspx.
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