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kennedy space centre closing?

Discussion in 'Other Florida Parks and Attractions' started by dvcjane, Apr 12, 2010.

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    Has anyone else heard that because the space shuttle is stopping the kennedy space centre may be closing????

    I'm really hoping it doesnt :unsure:
     
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    the shuttles are all being retired yes, not sure about KSC closing tho, cant see it tbh
     
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    It's not a rumour I've heard and I hope it doesn't!

    They do get a massive boost with the shuttle though and with budgets slashed too hmmmmmm
     
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    That would be a shame as its full of wonderful history
     
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    There is a rumour to that effect coming out of Merrit Island. It's soley a rumour at this point, with no authority behind it.

    Could it close? Yes. Could it be funded by the feds as a museum? Yes.

    Will we have to wait and see? Yes.
     
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    Yes, our friend that lives in Port St John right outside of Cocoa , gave us this bad news in March . Really hope they make it a museum of some sort .
    Wish he had shared this with us before we went to SSR, we'd had made sure we visited .
     
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    NO WAY!

    I love KSC, thank goodness we had the opportunity to take the boys :yes:
     
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    I realize that the Shuttle Program is being shut down, but the ISS is still out there and will still have to be manned. Wonder how they plan to do that if KSC shuts down?
     
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    It's all a bit weird at the moment. Clearly the astronauts will be trained at star city, russia (sigh) so it would be POSSIBLE to keep it going without KSC.

    I've asked various people about it and have got everything back from "yeah it'll all be gone by 2012" through "nah theyre just scaling back the visitor centre" to "are you mad? of course it won't be closed"

    If I had to guess I'd say it's an option being looked at but nothing firm yet.

    Personally I'm already beyond sad that the shuttle programme is going to be replaced by well, nothing very exciting. KSC closing would just be so terrible.

    I know it's all about money but what is it about this century that has seen some of our best innovations cancelled and backwards steps being taken? Concorde mothballed seeing the end of civilian supersonic travel, then the shuttle ......

    :sorry:
     
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    Better not close it - has the best gift shop in the whole of Florida. :unsure:
     
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    *totally* agree :yes:
     
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    i think all that is so tragic really...all the nations should club together and carry it on. one day we might need to colonise somewhere else you never know. but without space exploration its all dead in the water

    they better not close it, or just yet ive not bloody been there yet, planning on it next year even if i have to go on my own i will go
     
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    oh Mick, defo go if you can, especially if it's closing :thumbsup:
     
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    so I still have time ? Going to see if Robbie can take me in August .
     
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    you HAVE to go you really do :yes:

    The dedication of ALL the people there is just amazing. The whole place has a real buzz to it.

    Wandering round there are people explaining this and that, everyone seems to have time for you.

    I've been there with people who said eurgh I'm not really interested and within an hour their mouths are hanging open and theyre saying WOW along with the rest of us.

    Just a heck of a place it really is.
     
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    And it's worth the drive out there just for the gift shop. :D
     
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    :lol: Dawn .
     
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    Last time I checked you could mail order lots of the gift shop stuff - maybe I should do that before they close! :yes::unsure::sorry:
     
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    This is a harrowing rumour. I definitely agree about it having the best gift shop, but it's always my favourite day of an Orlando trip.

    If it did, I may have to rethink my plan of buying a villa in Orlando.
     

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