We got up in the morning and stopped at McDonald’s. They were taking forever, so I decided to go sit down. While I was waiting on Shawn to come over with breakfast…

I read the local paper about the Princess Cruise ship that tipped over just outside of Port Canaveral the other day. 400 or so people were taken to local hospitals, and 250 were treated on board. The people were not impressed how the cruise personnel handle the emergency crisis.

It took about an hour for us to get through breakfast, but we found our way out to Kennedy Space Center. Security was incredible. It was way more thorough then when I was there before. I had to turn on every electronic device in my purse, which took a while.

Next year at the Kennedy Space Center they will have a ride that will simulate and actual launch experience that simulates 4G’s.

We saw the NASA mascot.

We then went on the “Cape then and now tour”. This tour allowed us to see every launch pad that NASA has ever used including the active sites.

We started at Complex 26 which was a block house for the Mercury launches.

One of the instruments in the block house was a scale that would weigh the rocket so that they knew how much fuel was in the rocket.

We also say the typewriter that they used as a data printer.

Shawn examined the computer panels which were in the block house. There was a plaque that stated there is more computer power inside a $30 wrist watch than there was in space capsules themselves.

We also saw the seat capsule that they used to launch the monkeys into space.

There were several other instrument panels in this block house.

We then went to a second block house (block house 5-6) where they launch the first Americans into space.

We also got to go past the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse which is missing its top due to restoration. The second light house top is on display outside block house 26.

We stopped at the monument for the Mercury 7 astronauts which houses a time capsule of personal items from the original 7 astronauts. It is slated to be open 500 years from when they placed it and the tour guide told us that our tickets our good for us to come back and witness the opening ceremony. We plan on attending.

We drove by the block house where JFK watched a launch from.

When then stopped at launch pad 34a. This is where the accident occurred where we lost the astronauts in Apollo I.

One day an unauthorized plaque appeared on the launch pad… You may have seen this somewhere before. As it turns out Bruce Willis placed it there during the filming of “Armageddon,” and NASA permitted it to remain.

We drove past the old beach house where the astronauts used to have their parties.

We then stopped at the new Saturn V complex where they have moved and restored the Apollo rocket that used to sit outside in front of the assembly building. They have built an entire complex around the rocket which also houses the van used to transport the astronauts to the launch pad, a moon rock that you can touch, a café, a mission control simulation that has actual control panels that they used, and of course a gift shop.

From the Saturn V location we went on to the International Space Station Center. We were not allowed to take flash photography there since the flash may set off sensors in the clean room, but we did get to see various components that will be going up to the space station. Some of these parts will be going up to the ISS next month on the Atlantis launch.

We then went and fought the crowds in the gift shop and I couldn’t wait until we got out of there.

We went back to the hotel, but picked up carry out to go back to the room to get caught up on our “blog” here. We haven’t had Internet access for a few days.