Saguaro To Sea: Spaceships (and Rockets)

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Wow! That’s all there is to say about the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL. Full size models and actual spacecraft, rocket simulations, space simulations, and even a little piece of the moon tell the full story of the U.S. space program over the decades. Just a look at this Saturn V rocket! It is absolutely impressive to stand next to it.

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Inside, there is a test model of the Saturn V with the stages separated so you can look inside. Really though, most of the inside of a rocket is taken up by rocket fuel. The five massive engines seen below were fired up and tested in April 1965. Up to that point there had been many failures, but with the successful test of this machine (which you can see in a video) the space program, pushed by President Kennedy, was on its way to the moon.

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The museum holds Space Camp for the kids. It’s pretty intense. In the words of several 10-ish year olds “It was so stressful!” They loved every minute of it.

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Back on the winding road…heading to the Blue Ridge Mountains and Asheville, North Carolina.

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