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 Five Photos, Five Stories — Day Four

Thank you, Clare, at My Creative Cosmos for inviting me to join this photo challenge.

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 The Space Shuttle Explorer at Kennedy Space Center,
Cape Canaveral, Florida

The Space Shuttle Explorer

The Space Shuttle Explorer

We were fortunate to be able to hang out for a couple days on the eastern coast of Florida after our son’s wedding in 2007. One of our first stops was Kennedy Space Center at Port Canaveral. UN-fortunately we were too late that day to catch the last tour out to the launch pad. I’d love to go back and do that. But this is the space shuttle Explorer. It wasn’t as big as I thought it would be. Not much bigger, actually, than a regular airplane. We were able to go in and look around, though areas are sealed off so folks won’t take souvenirs (or leave trash — some people are just plain simpletons, imho!).

the Explorer cockpitThis is the cockpit. There sure wasn’t a lot of room in that place. It was hard to imagine how they could even get out of the seats and float around the way you always see them do in the movies. Lots of equipment jammed in a wee tiny space. That’s one of the space suits hanging there. There wasn’t much room to get a wide shot.

Cargo bay of ExplorerThis is the cargo bay. You can see that it’s not very wide at all. Yet in movies it seems as big as a bloomin’ gymnasium!

There was so much to see and hear about at Kennedy Space Center. I’d really recommend visiting it if you ever get the chance. And the coast is beautiful along there. You can actually catch cruise ships out of Port Canaveral. That’s why we were down that far. We dropped the happy couple off to catch a honeymoon cruise.

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The Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge rules require you to post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo.  It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or simply a short paragraph – it’s entirely up to you. 

Then each day, nominate another blogger to carry on this challenge.

Accepting the challenge is entirely up to the person nominated, it is not a command.  Today, I’m inviting Catmint32 of Crazy in Catmint to join the challenge. 

(Actually, anyone can join in, so please do.)