Monday, July 09, 2007

KSC Concluded

This was the coolest part of the tour. We got to see actual modules for the International Space Station being constructed. This is Columbus, a flexible science lab funded by the European Space Agency. The area it's in is a clean room, so most of the scientists and engineers working on it are wearing masks and disposable suits.

Here are some of the scientists at work.

Hmmm, just a tiny bit Freudian?

While the KSC is situated in the middle of one of the world's largest wildlife preserves, this flock of vultures hanging out behind one of the exhibit buildings seems a bit...ominous.

And there you have it. We had a great time, and I was exhausted by the end of the day. But we both felt a bit let down, and it took a while to figure out why. Then it crystallized in my mind. The majority of the information, and exhibits available at the center are aimed at average folks who wouldn't know a vernier from a CO2 scrubber. But if you already know more than what you can read on the back of a Cocoa Beach Burger King bag you will leave with a very hungry brain. With the exception of the glimpse of the clean room for the ISS, the entire tour was all show, and no substance.

But it was still totally cool. ;-)

Marius the Nerd.

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