|Posted on May 10, 2009 12:41:56 AM | Janet Anderson | 0 Comments ||
May 9: Part One
It is a beautiful sunny day in Cocoa Beach. Had a good night of rest following a stressful late afternoon and evening. As Reed mentioned to me yesterday – he really was not feeling well -- enough said! However, he seems to be much improved this morning. Hopefully he will be ready to go on Sunday.
Drive to Kennedy Space Center
As for me, I am anxious to drive out to Kennedy Space Center (KSC) and finally see the Shuttle on the launch pads, vehicle assembly building (VAB), and the press site. The drive to Kennedy takes about 30 minutes from the hotel. I scrutinize the view out of the car for anything that could possibly be associated with NASA. There is a cruise ship docked in the harbor at Port Canaveral, and just beyond the horizon I think I see a large building -- could it be the vehicle assembly building? I follow the signs for KSC and after several miles reach the security gate. I present my badge, the guard says have a good day -- I am officially on KSC property. As I continue to drive I am trying to absorb that thought -- I am really here -- when I notice this huge building in the distance -- it is the VAB.
WOW! Yes, I said WOW out loud to myself! Glad there is not much traffic because I am focused on the site in the distance -- it is incredible! Shuttles are put together or stacked in preparation for moving out to the launch pad in this facility. I hope I can manage to get a look around inside.
I force my attention to return to the map provided to direct me to the press site; time to make a few turns and I am in the parking lot for media. Today the lot has plenty of room for parking, but that will change the closer to launch.
Stay tuned for more about a very busy Day 2...
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