|From our parking space|
|Actual Apollo 17 Command|
There are a number of theaters showing films on both the past and the future of the U.S. space program. We found each to be well done and informative. There is an exhibit dedicated to the International Space Station and another to Astronauts. Basically, they cover it all somewhere in the building.
We took the tram tour and, frankly, this was the one part of the day that was somewhat disappointing. We only made two stops, did not get to see Mission Control, and mostly just drove around looking at buildings and were told what was done inside. The two stops we had were the space shuttle training facility and the Rocket Park. There wasn't much to see at either of these stops but seeing the Saturn rocket was the one thing that made the tour worth the time. It was built to be used for Apollo 18 which was shelved.
|Orion - NASA's new exploration|
We learned about Orion, NASA's new exploration spacecraft. There are big plans for this program including putting people on Mars within 20-25 years.
The International Space Station is visible from earth, if you know when and where to look. There is a website where you put in your location and it tells you if/when/where to look to see it pass over. The site is Spotthestation.nasa.gov.
There is a website dedicated to Mars exploration. It discusses past, present and future Mars missions. The site is Mars.nasa.gov.