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^Come to think of it, the Space Center is the first place I ever saw gators outside of a zoo. They just swam around the canals there, hoping that someone would toss them food, I guess--such as hot dogs, fries, small children, etc.

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We take the kids (they are now teenagers) to the space center every few years. They just love the place. We have no problem with them staying interested from opening to closing. It's a change of pace from the usual theme parks. The trip next month though will be Busch Gardens Tampa, Seaworld and Universal. Try to mix it up!



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As mentioned in our last update, one of the reasons we chose to go to Kennedy Space Center this summer was in order to see...


Star Trek: The Exhibition


There was a woman captain, too, wasn't there? Eh, must've been my imagination.


There was a line. And it was an upcharge. Sue me.


The first of the two main exhibits is in the IMAX theater building.


This one is dedicated to "classic" Trek. (That means Kirk and Spock for you non-this-kind-of-nerdiness-types.)




These items are behind glass because they are dangerous weapons.


Obviously, I don't need to tell you which episode this is from.


That's *captain* dumbass, to you.


And while I'm cursing: This kid was a shite navigator.


Back outside, Smisty tries to figure out how big the Enterprise D is as measured in Saturn V rockets (so she can try to win that free trip to space).


Kirk has his communicator, I have my space dots.


And now it's time for Star Trek Live! I'm excited.


Diabolical preshow trivia, solvable by only the most hardcore of Star Trek nerds! (Or "Trektards," as they prefer to be called.)


Note: Photos of the actual show are prohibited. Sorry.


I...I couldn't take it and bailed out halfway through the show. Misty stuck it out, though, and even got this swell photo at the end.


This is the second main exhibit hall, and encompasses all the other Trek TV shows.


Once inside, you see a TV! So exciting!


But it has Voyager on it, so let's keep moving.


Along one wall is a linear timeline of all the shows, movies, and major events in the Trek universe.


Smisty says yes to Star Trek II.


Sorry, Bill.


I think this is supposed to be from Insurrection or Nemesis. I guess I need to rewatch those, but one of them has Data singing or something and I don't want to risk it.


Ignoring Smisty for the moment... (sorry!) ...I find it amusing that this quote is right next to a Borg. Yay, let's all look forward to being assimilated!


Um...Worf, did you kill Doctor Crusher?


Ahhh! This has suddenly turned into the Horror Nights version of Star Trek.


OMG, we're all dead.


Luckily, the afterlife is a gift shop. (See what I did there? That's called a "transition.")


I was happy to see that they were selling vibrating NON-SEX toys.


Tell the world that your child is expendable!


Mr. Spock is not impressed.


So, was Star Trek: The Exhibition worthy of a special trip to Kennedy Space Center? No. But it was kind of a cool extra since we wanted to go anyway.


There's more Kennedy Space Center crap to come. Until then: May the force be with you!

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what was the Starfleet show about? Maybe that was the part that the ticket lady said was for kids?


I guess that's a possibility. (Though she certainly never indicated that she was talking about Star Trek Live only.)


I've blanked out much of the half a show that I actually watched. But I think that the audience was supposed to be recruits for some earlier version of Starfleet Academy. Then the party is crashed (via video screen) by a very Nero-like time-traveling Romulan, some Vulcan chick shows up to help you, many bad jokes are told, and then you leave the theater before it can hurt your brain anymore.


Oh, and no Guinan hats. Sorry.

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I've blanked out much of the half a show that I actually watched. But I think that the audience was supposed to be recruits for some earlier version of Starfleet Academy. Then the party is crashed (via video screen) by a very Nero-like time-traveling Romulan, some Vulcan chick shows up to help you, many bad jokes are told, and then you leave the theater before it can hurt your brain anymore.


This still sounds better than any show BGT has put on before their Halloween event. I still have nightmares about Ctrl-Alt-Deceased...



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Did you happen to notice if the space center is still operated by Delaware North Companies (DNC)? They have a special way of taking things that are/were really cool, and either not maintaining them, or running them into the ground without updating EVER so badly that they are no longer cool or interesting.

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This still sounds better than any show BGT has put on before their Halloween event. I still have nightmares about Ctrl-Alt-Deceased...



Aghh! Crtl-Alt-Deceased flashbacks!




To get back on topic, this looks like a larger version of the Star Trek Exhibit I saw in Sacramento.

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Continuing our boring coverage of Cape Canaveral....


The Kennedy Space Center Tour is included with admission to the Visitor Complex, where it also begins and ends. Currently, the tour stops at the LC 39 Observation Gantry and the Apollo/Saturn V Center, though I've been told that other stops have been substituted for LC 39, when there was something interesting going somewhere else.


Tours leave the Visitor Complex every 15 minutes.


We pass by the VAB, but don't get to go in it. Maybe that will change eventually, now that the Space Shuttle is no longer in service.


First stop, the LC 39 Observation Gantry. Now, this place might be pretty cool if you were actually watching a launch from it. But, as it is, it's just a big observation tower with not very much to look at.


There's also a small televised presentation and a model of a Space Shuttle on a launch pad. So if that excites you, go for it.


Not that you'd want to be much closer if there was a launch, but this isn't very exciting.


Ooh, it's a Space Shuttle engine...thing. There's also a snack bar and a gift shop back on the ground level, but those are hardly worth mentioning (even though I just did).


Back on the bus, Gus.


So here we are outside the Apollo/Saturn V Center. Basically, the bus drops you off outside, and then you have to wait around for the next preshow to start so that you can go indoors. Not the best system.


Here you can watch a recreation of the Apollo 13 launch, if there were no people controlling or monitoring it.


And finally we enter the main exhibit hall, dominated by an actual (I think) Saturn V rocket. Unlike LC 39, and despite my snarky comments, this place is actually pretty cool. (At least, if you like Apollo-era (which, let's face it, was the best era) space stuff.)


Astronauts used to be cool, manly men who drove Corvettes and smoked Marlboros.


Ooh, a model of the thing that's right in front us! Awesome!


I'm...not really sure why Snoopy is here.


The Moon Rock Cafe is definitely a better bet than the snack bar back at LC 39.


What the...? In all my years of Oddventuring, this may very well be the greatest thing I've ever seen.


Like, why not just remove them? Or at least, you know, turn the water off??


I tested them. Water comes out! Seriously, NASA, what the Hell?!


Here's some other stuff. I don't know. I really can't focus now. I'm still thinking about the forbidden water fountains. How sweet would that water have tasted? How dangerous? Perhaps I would have developed space powers....


The Corvette was cool. This...this is not cool.


"Yes, yes, isn't that interesting? It's a space capsule!"


In the Lunar Theater, you see a recreation of the Apollo 11 landing. It's actually rather good. Quite moving, too, in its way.


Next to the Lunar Theater is an exhibit of stuff that went to the moon. And, you know, space capsules.


Somehow I'm imagining that the moon is quite germy.


This lunar rover did not actually go to the moon. (And how do we know that, space nerds?)


The ever-so-appropriately-named gift shop and exit.


And back to the Visitor Complex. Honestly, I think the Apollo/Saturn V Center may very well be the best thing at KSC, and should not be skipped, despite the inconvenience of the whole bus thing.


And that's it for this update. Make sure to comment on it, so that I know you want lots more from Kennedy Space Center!

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WTF?!?! Maybe it's special moon water? Or water that contains alien organisms!?! I think you should have taken some in a water bottle and submitted it for testing.


I'm taking the tour next month just to see if that water fountain and sign are still there.

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^ Hell, those water fountains alone have me reconsidering that trip now. Wait, no, I just came to my senses.


I've never been a huge fan of the space program, yet when showcased the right way, it's strangely very intriguing and mesmerizing. Somehow though, even with the wealth of history this whole place can pull from, it manages to fail in so many ways....from what I've seen anyway. I remember my brother going on a school trip many moons ago (yes, that was sadly intentional...sorry) when they were able to tour that huge building. To me, that would probably be the only thing worth the price of admission. Oh well.

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Snoopy was recruited by NASA to be their unofficial mascot, and Charles Schulz was so honored by the NASA request that he granted NASA free use of Snoopy. For the Apollo 10 mission, Snoopy was the name of the lunar module, and Charlie Brown was the name of the command module. Schulz also did a few strips with the world famous beagle going lunar -



NASA also has the Silver Snoopy award - a special honor awarded to NASA employees and contractors for outstanding achievements related to human flight safety or mission success -



And now you know the rest of the story.


We now return you to your regularly scheduled Oddventure.

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It was so great to see Canaveral in pictures again, man! Before my family moved from Tampa, we saw the last Saturn V launch at night (I may have been 7 or 8); all I remember was the roar and for a short time it was suddenly daylight again.

I've been in the VAB (must have been 83 or 84, I think) and that is a seriously scary building if you have a fear of tall free-standing ceilings, which I do for reasons that..lol I dont talk about that much.


Thanks again! Great TR!


Kevin [who used to be Scott Mayfield but killed the stage name/alter ego because it was getting boring]

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