In Julie and John’s latest trek they stop in at the Kennedy Space Center on Merritt Island in Florida. Julie reports that the Space Shuttle they saw looked different than she had originally anticipated. The white colored portions on the shuttle are actually a type of fiber blanket. According to John this type of fiber was invented by NASA and that he uses it all the time in ceramics.

A Brief History of the Visitor Complex

The Visitor Complex dates back to the 1960s when there were a few display cases in a trailer on the Space Center’s premise. By 1964 self-guided car tours were permitted on Sundays. It wasn’t until 1965 when Kurt Debus, former Space Center director, was authorized to construct a complete visitor center. The complex, nicknamed Spaceport USA, was opened for visitors in 1967. Today the center features the Space Shuttle Atlantis, a fully restored Saturn V launch vehicle and other various space craft. The complex averages approximately 1.5 million visitors.

Since the postcard is a little small for reading here are the bullet points from the card:

  • The Saturn V was a rocket NASA built specifically to send people to the moon.
  • The Saturn V stood over 363 feet high with its Apollo Spacecraft payload and produced over 7.5 million pounds of thrust at lift-off.
  • The Saturn V was the most powerful rocket that had ever flown successfully, it was used in the Apollo program in the 1960s and 1970s and was also used to launch the Skylab space station.
  • Apollo 11 launched July 16, 1969 at 9:32 a.m. EDT, carried Neil A. Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr. to lunar orbit, from where Armstrong and Aldrin made the first manned lunar landing.

The Facts:
Other Party: Julie O
Card Number: 0172
Average Color: 5D5954
Date Sent: October 28, 2013
Date Received: November 1, 2013
Sender Location: Orlando, FL
Receiver Location: Platteville, WI
Distance Traveled: 1,106 Miles
Average Speed: 277 Miles Per Day