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Kennedy Space Center - Florida
As an interesting side destination for your travel plans into
Florida, consider the Kennedy Space Center, where we visited recently. If bringing kids or
if you are a kid at heart, plan to spend the day.
As you enter the Spaceport USA Visitors Center, you can see a space shuttle (Explorer) up close, and walk inside to get a visual picture of the cargo bay, and to see the astronauts living space.
The United States launched its first satellite, Explorer 1, into orbit. Pictured here, measuring 80 inches long and 6 incles wide, it carried instruments developed at the University of Iowa. The findings included the discovery of a radiation field around the Earth, which would be called the Van Allen Belt (named after the head scientist at the college).
Also, be sure to see the IMAX theatre, History Museum, and the Rocket Garden, displaying rockets, which powered the Gemini, Mercury, and Apollo missions. Or, catch some space food at the "Lunch Pad".