Cape Canaveral Space Center (Florida 2016)

      It Is already well known the fact that NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) has around 20 facilities and centers all over the USA, which means: tests&flight facilities and space, engineering, safety&research centers, which mainly can be visited.

       Este bine cunoscut faptul ca NASA (Administratia Nationala Aerospatiala) are in jur de 20 de centre in toata America Centrala, ceea ce presupune: centre de teste si zbor, inginerie, securitate si cercetare, majoritatea putandu-se vizita.

Kennedy Space Center Entrance

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Kennedy Space Center entrance wall

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      One day at NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre (the scene of numerous shuttle launches over the last decades) is not enough for the greatest space adventure on Earth, so…watch out, the pass can be used over two consecutive days in a seven-day period!

      O zi la Kennedy Space Centre al NASA (scena numeroaselor lansari de navete spatiale de-a lungul ultimelor decade) nu este de ajuns pentru marea aventura “de pe Pamant”, asadar…tineti cont, biletul de intrare poate fi folosit timp de doua zile consecutive, in cursul a unei perioade de sapte zile!

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      This children-friendly place truly will capture your imagination even if you are an adult.

      Acest loc prietenos pentru copii, va va captura cu adevarat imaginatia chiar daca sunteti un adult.

      While I thought the cost of tickets was a bit excessive (50$ per person + an extra 10 bucks for parking), we found plenty of sights and activities.

      Desi am crezut ca pretul biletului este putin cam mare (50$ de persoana + 10 $ pentru parcare), am gasit o multime de atractii si activitati.

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The entrance to the park/center welcomes with a waterfall in front of a large wall with a quote and a photo of 35th President of the United States John F Kennedy. Nearby, there’s also a large NASA sphere that you can get a good photo with the space shuttles in the background. We stopped to get our tickets & then went through security.

      Intrararea catre parc/centru, intampina cu o cascada in fata unui zid mare ce gazduieste un citat si o poza a celui de-al 35-lea presedinte American, John F Kennedy. In apropiere se gaseste de asemeni  o sfera cu logo-ul NASA cu care se pot face poze reusite, avand navetele spatiale ca fundal. Ne-am oprit pentru a ne lua biletele si apoi am trecut prin punctul de securitate.

All the rockets outside are replicas. The only actual shuttle from this space center is the Atlantis shuttle which located inside the Atlantis building. Also, inside the Visitors Complex  you’ll find the actual Saturn V rocket at the actual Apollo rocket.

Toate rachetele din exterior sunt replici. Singura racheta reala din centru, este Atlantis, care se gaseste in interiorul cladirii Atlantis. De asemeni,  in complexul Visitors Complex vei gasi rachetele Saturn V si Apollo.

Next stop was the Atlantis theatre where we saw first some breath-taking IMAX movies which ended with an image of the original Atlantis shuttle projection. The big surprise was when we realized, after several seconds, that the projection was actually a semi-transparent curtain which gave us the the sensation of a image, hiding in fact the original Atlantis shuttle. So, finally after they lifted the curtain, we had a close-up view of Space Shuttle Atlantis and we had too many interactive exhibits to enjoy.

Urmatoarea oprire a fost la teatrul Atlantis unde am vazut intai cateva filmulete IMAX care iti taiau rasuflarea si care s-au incheiat cu imaginea proiectata a naveti spatial Atlantis. Marea surpriza a venit dupa cateva secunde cand am realizat ca proiectia era de fapt o Cortina semi-transparenta care doar ne dadea impresia unei imagini, ascunzand de fapt naveta Atlantis originala. Asadar, in sfarsit, dup ace au ridicat cortina, am putut sa vedem de aproape naveta spatiala Atlantis si de asemeni ne-am bucurat de numeroase expozitii.

Another impressing thing about this place, is the fact that is hosting a moving celebration of humankind’s greatest achievements making great job at paying tribute to all of the people who sacrificed their lives in the name of exploration.

Un alt lucru impresionant despre acest loc, se refera la gazdurea unei emotionante celebrari a celor mai mari mari realizari ale omenirii, facand o treaba minunata cu privire la comemorarea tuturor celor care si-au sacrificat vietile in numele explorarii.

We also discovered the sights, sounds and feelings of a real Space Shuttle launch in the Shuttle Launch Experience.

Am decoperit deasemeni spectacolul, sunetul si senzatia unei reale lansari de naveta spatiala in sectiunea numita Shuttle Launch Experience.

 

Then we took NASA’s KSC bus self-guided tour which is included with admission and departs every 15 minutes from the Visitors Complex. We experienced the behind the scene NASA space centre working, where we saw some of the most iconic landmarks, the launch pads, the historic Apollo 8 lunch site and we visited the Apollo/Saturn V Centre where we stand under the largest rocket ever made – the mighty Saturn V, we touched a real moon rock, checked out a space suit used in an Apollo mission and we saw “Hubble 3D” and “Journey to Space 3D” movies. On the way back from NASA centre to Kennedy Space Centre we also saw alligators and different specific birds in their natural environment.

Apoi am luat autobuzul cu ghid inclus care pleaca la fiecare 15 minute, pentru a vizita Visitors Complex. Am avut experienta vizitarii centrul de lucru al NASA, unde am vazut cateva repere representative, zonele de unde se fac lansarile rachetelor, locul de unde s-a lansat memorabilul Apollo 8 si am vizitat Apollo si centrul Saturn V, unde am stat sub cea mai mare racheta construita vreodata, mareata Saturn V, am atins o roca adevara de pe luna, am “inspectat” un costum folosit in spatiu in una din misiunile Apollo si am vazut doua filmulete 3D “Hubble 3D” si “Journey to Space 3D”. Pe drumul de intoarcere de la NASA catre Kennedy Space Center an vazut si aligatori si diferite pasari specific zonei, in mediul lor natural.

Last stop was the Mars building where we saw a nice video about Mars exploration & enjoy a bunch of different interactive computer games correlated with real simulations. I thought initially that the computers games were too advanced for me, but I saw kids playing with them. Maybe I wasn’t patience enough for them. We didn’t spend too much time in the Mars building. We didn’t experienced here the IMAX movie because we thought it was too long to see for us, during one day.

Ultima oprire a fost: cladirea Mars, unde am vazut un filmulet dragut despre explorarea planetei Marte si ne-am bucurat de o serie de jocuri interactive pe calculator correlate cu simulari reale. Initial am crezut ca jocurile pe calculator sunt prea avansate pentru mine, insa am vazut copii jucandu-se cu ele. Poate nu am am suficienta rabdare pentru acestea. Nu am petrecut prea mult timp in cladirea Mars si nu am experimentat filmuletul IMAX aici pentru ca ni s-a parut suficient  cat de mult am vazut intr-o singura zi.

My favorite thing about this place may have to be the employees. Every single employee was genuine and passionate about NASA history. Our bus driver told us about himself and how he loves his job, showing off rockets and launch pads and even learned some more about Florida’s wildlife.

      Ceea ce mi-a placut cel mai mult la acest loc, ar fi de fapt….: angajatii. Fiecare angajat in parte era cu adevarat pasionat de istoria NASA. Soferul autobuzului ne-a povestit despre el si despre cat de mult isi iubeste slujba, aratandu-ne totodata rachetele spatiale si locurile de lansare ale acestora si chiar ne-au invatat cateva lucruri despre viata in salbaticie in Florida.

So if you want to enjoy this place as much as I did here are some tips:

1-Come early, I thought I was gonna spend half a day here and I ended up spending a whole day.

2-Take the bus tour (ends at 4pm) that comes with general admission. It takes you around to multiple launch sites and since this area is protected wildlife refuge your driver will point out all the fun wildlife. Large bald eagle nests. Manatees. There are lots of alligators, in fact there are so many they need to clear runways of gators before launches.

3-I read before few reviews where people say the Atlantis area is mainly for kids. I have no kids and I spent a majority of the day there. Maybe that speaks to my maturity level. RIDE ALL THE THINGS!!

4-Meet an astronaut if you can. You either have lunch with them or go to a signing. Their stories are always interesting. Also you’ll note that they don’t seem to age, and they live longer lives than average.

Astfel ca, daca vrei sa te bucuri de locul acesta la fel de mult ca si mine, iata cateva sfaturi:

  • vino devreme, eu am crezut ca voi petrece o jumatate de zi aici si in final am petrecut intreaga zi.
  • Ia turul cu autobuzul (care se incheie la ora 4 pm) prevazut in biletul de intrare. Te va duce aproape de multe zone de lansare si daca tot aceasta zona salbatica este protejata, soferul va arata toate lucrurile amuzante ale salbaticiei.
  • Am citit anterior cateva opinii ale oamenilor care spuneau ca zona Atlantis este in principal pentru copii. Eu nu am copii si am petrecut acolo mare parte din zi. Poate asta arata cat sunt de matura! Am incercat toate lucrurile!!
  • Intalneste-te cu un astronaut! Poti fie sa iei cina cu ei, sau sa iei un autograph. Povestile lor sunt mereu interesante. Vei observa de asemeni ca ei nu par sa imbatraneasca si traiesc mai mult decat media.

Now ,some concerns:

1-Parking is $10 be ready for it
2-As like every other park or attraction, the food is expensive and meh!

Acum cateva ingrijorari:

  • Parcarea este 10 $, fii pregatit pentru asta;
  • Ca in orge park sau atractie, mancarea este scumpa si “bleah”!

Cape Caneveral Space Center is a must do if you are down in Florida and have any sort or interest in space or aeronautic fields!

Cape Caneveral Space Center este de vazut daca esti in sudul Floridei si ai vreun interes in domeniul aeronauticii.

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