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Dawn
20-01-2010, 07:12 PM
Has anyone done the Lunch with an Astronaut thing and would it be ok for a space mad 7 year old?

Walking to school this morning I told Steven about KSC and that we would visit in August and his head just about exploded with excitement. :thumbsup:

keith
20-01-2010, 07:36 PM
Has anyone done the Lunch with an Astronaut thing and would it be ok for a space mad 7 year old?

Walking to school this morning I told Steven about KSC and that we would visit in August and his head just about exploded with excitement. :thumbsup:

I think Slowhand may have done a few :/ Im sure he'll say.

I've done the lunch and the dinner with an Astronaut and in two minds really. On the one hand, it was somewhat interesting and a bit of "an event" on the other hand, everyone was a bit shy and not much was found out. In fact, earlier in the day there had been a free walk up and ask an astronaut a question thing which I think happens each day. There was a lot more asked then than at the lunch/dinner.

Having said that, I love the whole place so I find it hard to really be critical of any of it.

Slowhand
21-01-2010, 03:06 PM
I didn`t actually do the "Lunch with an Astronaut" thing per se, however I did have lunch with an astronaut [Jerry Carr of Skylab-4] as part of the Astronaut Training Experience that I did in 2005.

Skywatcher
21-01-2010, 05:00 PM
We didn't but there was an astronaut signing books in the shop and another giving talks and walking around so there was plenty. Of chances to 'meet ' one.

Ursula
22-01-2010, 03:55 PM
I think (sdaw it on telly) there is a paly area for kids and you can do all sorts, even *float*, but I thinbk it costs. Anyway he will have a ball. Set aside the whole day for this... I also seem to remember that you can also go back the next day for free?

Dawn
22-01-2010, 03:56 PM
I actually think we're all looking forward to the gift shop more than anything. :lol:

Ursula
22-01-2010, 03:58 PM
OMNGPD! Take loads of cash then... it's awsome.

keith
22-01-2010, 09:49 PM
I actually think we're all looking forward to the gift shop more than anything. :lol:

The gift shop truly is mega awesome :yes:

*Bambi-Belle*
22-01-2010, 11:36 PM
We had lunch with an astronaut Dawn, and had a fantastic time. Our Astronaut Charlie Walker was so funny and entertaining. It's still the kids favorite DVD from all our holidays to watch back, My hubby taped the whole thing lol. Liam was one of the lucky kids picked to ask him a question, ecstatic doesn't even come close to how he felt. Heeheehee. At the end when you go and have your photo taken with him, he still took time to answer all the questions the boys were throwing at him. The food was good too. It's one of those things we are scared to do again in case it's not as good lol.


Remember though my 2 boys and their Dad are science geeks so the whole day was amazing for them. We were also lucky to see the space shuttle on the launch pad.

kazzaqld
23-01-2010, 03:33 AM
We did this on our first trip - and though I'm not sorry we did it, it was a big chunk out of our day.

I think you can get almost as much enjoyment out of just chatting to the astronauts at the free walk-up.

We will go back again someday and just do the free walk-up. :yes:

Ursula
23-01-2010, 07:22 AM
I asked about the Russians and the pencil, if it was true and it was lol.

Dawn
23-01-2010, 07:38 AM
I asked about the Russians and the pencil, if it was true and it was lol.

:unsure:


Hmmmm, hadn't considered the time factor. Might rethink that one. More time at lunch = less time in gift shop. :thumbsdown:

Skywatcher
23-01-2010, 12:48 PM
It isn't true about the pencil - urban myth - the bits from a fractured tip would float around and get intp places it shouldn't

I would go in at opening and head straight for the buses as everyone else mills around and have lunch under the Saturn V :D

Tink
23-01-2010, 01:19 PM
Just a reminder that the space shuttle program is ending soon, and that will most likely decrease the number of astronauts at the Space Center. :(

Not sure what NASA has in mind to replace the shuttle program as I don't pay as much attention to it as I once did. I know the entire geographic area is in a bit of a panic, because the shuttle program represents many jobs, and with its ending, so does the employment.

Ursula
23-01-2010, 01:24 PM
OMG NO! An astronaut lied to me :( Sooooooooooooooooooooo if they can lie then they can lie about landing ON the moon too?

Skywatcher
23-01-2010, 01:47 PM
Ahem.... They have now taken photos of all the landing sites to help dispell that old chestnut once and for all.

Constellation is just as manned as the shuttles and will take over directly from the shuttles. Something needs to serve the ISS now it has finally been finished!

Ursula
23-01-2010, 01:58 PM
Dangles bait and hooks a Skywatcher lol ;)

Tink
23-01-2010, 02:53 PM
It's not as clear for the employment picture though, Doc. At least that's local chatter (an acquaintance has a spouse who works for the shuttle program; an engineer).

Hellllllllly... you be sweet now! :nono: :hug2:

Skywatcher
23-01-2010, 03:30 PM
:lol: hook line and sinker :lol:

keith
23-01-2010, 08:31 PM
I would go in at opening and head straight for the buses as everyone else mills around and have lunch under the Saturn V :D

This is the best piece of advice ever :yes:

On our first visit at the height of summer, we discovered this the hard way and went round KSC the way they almost suggest it's done. Do the imax, the shops etc. and got to the buses about 2pm. HUGE Mistake. We waited in the longest queue ever for I guess an hour and a half to two hours. I've never been more bored, more hot, more thirsty and more fed up.

Luckily it's worth it when you get there but still yes, go get the bus first

*Bambi-Belle*
23-01-2010, 10:08 PM
What ever you do it will be a fun day.:yes:

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b29/PeterPansMum/Disney2007591-1.jpg

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b29/PeterPansMum/space.jpg

Dawn
24-01-2010, 07:50 AM
:thud:

Skywatcher
24-01-2010, 08:32 AM
:mental:

simonwebb74
24-01-2010, 09:01 AM
Sorry to hijack the thread, but it reminded me that I had never posted these two pictures taken from the viewing deck last October.

Space Shuttle Atlantis & Aries 1-X both on the pads at the same time!!!!

Dawn
24-01-2010, 09:06 AM
Again with the :thud:

Ursula
24-01-2010, 02:08 PM
You'll need big batteries for those!

Skywatcher
24-01-2010, 06:41 PM
coooool a constellation pic :thud:

and :nono: Helly!

robertcraig
13-07-2010, 11:42 AM
is ksc afull day trip or half day if it is half day might go to cocoa beach

Slowhand
13-07-2010, 11:50 AM
Personally I would work on spending a full day at KSC.
When you get there you will be asked if you want tickets for the Imax Theatre and the bus tour of the complex, both of which are well worth doing.
By the time you have done these, along with a good walk around all of the exhibits and shop, the day will soon be swallowed up!

simonwebb74
13-07-2010, 11:51 AM
If you are just going to the visitor centre then a half day would be enough, but you really should get on the bus tour which takes you out to the launch pads (See my photos earlier in this thread) This takes a couple of hours so turns the visit into a full (but short) day.
The tour is great though and finishes at the Saturn V building where you can have lunch and generally stand and look in awe of this amazing piece of machinery.

robertcraig
13-07-2010, 11:55 AM
Is cocoa beach worth a separate visit