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The Kennedy Space Center is always a pleasant visit for the lovers of aviation and spaceflights. We jumped into our 1998 car; that is to say, 'younger' than the Explorer-1 (or Alpha Satellite 1958), which was the first artificial satellite placed in orbit by the then burgeoning American nation.

The portable GPS (navigation system) led us to the Space Center’s door, and as almost always, we instructed it to take us by the shortest ways. It means driving into local streets and roads apart from highways or expressways. For the driver of this trip it is a recreational enjoyment, because we must drive while crossing in small cities and towns, watching the customs of each region, household gardens, colors, types of neighborhoods, and so. At the time of return it is different because we have to add fatigue and then it is feasible to use the freeways and avoid so many traffic lights and stops; keeping in mind that our Japanese ‘Rocinante’ (Toyota Camry) has a manual transmission.

There in the K.S.Center we sat in the spacecraft simulator and felt all the same vibrations, special moments and tension strains to which astronauts are subjected during the start, rocket takeoff, releasing of the boosters and finally the fuel tank...A very exciting experience!

It includes pictures.

[This story you can obtain here independently is also part of the book entitled: "Tours and Tales"]


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