“Space, the final frontier” as James T Kirk states in the beginning of each classic Star Trek Episode, is one of the most iconic and true statements I could imagine. Some may have caught the reference in the tag line for BrinkZone.com, which tells you that I have been interested in space exploration a long time, since I was a kid in fact. Random trivia time: Some may be surprised to find many NASA scientists will tell you they were first inspired to pursue a career in aerospace due in large part to growing up watching Star Trek and The Next Generation and spin offs there of.
So when I applied to be in a select group of people accepted as part of NASA’s ongoing media/social media project, I jumped at the chance to get to Kennedy Space Center for a three day long tour, with access to areas and lectures not open to the public and a front row seat for a rocket launch. The final day was supposed to finish off with a launch of a OA-4 Atlas V rocket to resupply the International Space Station.
It would be impossible to cover all that we were shown, but some of the pictures posted in the write-up, and additional pictures on my PhotoBucket account, will give the reader a good idea of it. The Kennedy Space Center is a huge complex you have to see to fully appreciate. The most impressive building of them all in shear grandeur has to be the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). The scale and size of this building is mind-boggling and pictures can’t truly do it justice. To give you some sense of scale, the American flag in the picture is 209ft tall and 110ft wide, with each star of the flag 6ft across, and yet the flag does not look all that big does it? By volume, the VAB is equivalent to three and a half Empire State Buildings and the bay doors the largest doors in the world!