Located just 45 minutes outside Orlando; Kennedy Space Center on Cape Canaveral offers visitors an insight to space exploration. Visiting was on my bucket-list, and without hesitation planned a visit into our trip.
From the moment you park up, you are completely submerged. Walking towards the entrance you are greeted with the iconic NASA insignia and the John F. Kennedy fountain.
Kennedy Space Centre was named in his honour in 1963 after he inspired NASA to compete and win the Space Race in July 1969 with the moon landing of Apollo 11.
Through the gates and you immerse straight into Rocket Garden. Greeted with a collection of rockets; some of which tower at 223-feet high. These rockets have all been into space at one point or another, during the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo space programs.
Here you will also find the U.S Astronaut Hall of Fame and a cinema room showing a 45 minute film on the unsung heroes of Apollo 11.
Behind the Gates
Kennedy Space Center offers a 20 minute bus journey to the Apollo/Saturn V center, which takes you past working spaceflight facilities and various launch pads.
You drive past the Vehicle Assembly Building, which initially doesn’t look real. Built in the mid-1960s, it still remains one of the largest buildings in the world today. The high bay doors on this building stand at 456 feet high (that’s taller than the Statue of Liberty!) and take 45 minutes to fully open and close!
Apollo/Saturn V Center
After visiting the various launch pads, you arrive at the Apollo/Saturn V Center. After a quick clip on NASA history, you are lead into the next room which is a mock-up of Mission Control, where you watch a simulation of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Then, the doors open, you walk out and towering directly above is incredible Saturn V.
You can’t describe the feeling, you stand there with your mouth wide open; staring into the enormous engine nozzles which blasted the 363 ft Saturn V off the launch pad and straight into space.
The Saturn V project cost a total of $6.41 billion between 1964 – 1973, which would be $42 billion if valued today. … and in 1969, a single launch of the Saturn V cost an unbelievable $185 million per launch ($1.16 billion in 2018 value!).
Saturn V is without a doubt the most impressive and most expensive thing I have ever seen, hands down. No question about it.
As you start to look around the center, you’ll see launch towers, the first moon rover and the Command Module from Apollo 14 on display, along with a collection of space suits through the ages.
You can even touch a piece of the moon. The actual moon.
The piece of moon rock was bought back by astronaut Jack Schmitt during Apollo 17 as is estimated to be 3.7 billion years old!
Oh, and don’t forget have your photo taken against the green screen. The end result, as you can see below.. totally worth it.
I spent hours at the Kennedy Space Center, we were lucky enough to have a Rocket Launch scheduled for the same day. I honestly couldn’t describe to you how excited I was to see Space-X launch a rocket into space.
Read all about my rocket launch experience here: