Just being able to see the Saturn 5 rocket with all of the moon landing hardware attached (see above) is astounding. At over 500' long it is amazing in size and complexity. It has over 1,000,000 systems. To think that when John F. Kennedy announced in 1962 that we would put a man on the moon and return him safely to earth before the end of the decade none of this technology existed.....NONE! They used computers as big as box cars, and slide rules (calculators did not exist then, either) to develop and build this amazing rocket.
To be reminded that launch pad 39 (seen above) is the only launch pad in the world to have launched men into space who set foot on the moon is awe inspiring.
The rocket garden (see above) is a wonderful tribute to the development of our space program in less than 10 years. I was impressed by how small the initial rockets were that propelled Alan Shepherd and John Glenn into space compared to the Saturn 5 rocket that sent men to the moon. The courage of these men who were in the most literal sense of the word "test pilots" flying essentially unproven technology on those first short shots into space is beyond my comprehension.
We left KSC around 5:30pm to head over to Titusville where we hoped to dry camp at the local Walmart Supercenter, but upon arrival we just didn't like the vibe of the area, and parking lot, so we hopped on I-95 northbound while Elaine searched ahead for other possible dry camp spots for the night. We finally settled on a Cracker Barrel Restaurant (they are very RV friendly) right next to Daytona International Speedway.....what a perfect spot. This is one of the best dry camp spots we have found.....just behind the Walmart Supercenter in Daphne, AL. Of course none of the dry camp spots we have stayed in compare to any of the courtesy parking opportunities we have had in the last two and a half months. We are still in withdrawal after leaving Paradise Club and the Garden Shower.....lol!