Kennedy Space Center – January 2012

The cruise ship stopped for one day in Port Canaveral, Florida. I wish it had stayed for three or four days, because there were so many options in terms of major tourist attracts. Disney World, MGM Studios, the Seaworld, the Kennedy Space Center. I had no solid plans, but found a crew member who didn’t have the right visa to leave the ship, and he sold me his tour ticket for the Kennedy Space Center.

And, being a total geek about space travel, and science fiction, visiting Cape Canaveral and seeing the NASA hardware up close is a life-long goal. I had a lot of fun, despite the jet lag, and learned a lot. Actually, I didn’t learn a whole lot of new stuff, but being there put everything I already knew into context in a way that reading and watching and listening about it can never match.

Kennedy Space Center

Kennedy Space Center: First feature: 3D IMAX movie about building the ISS. I love these goggles.

First feature: 3D IMAX movie about building the ISS. I love these goggles.

Kennedy Space Center: Next: a bus tour around the launch pads and Vehicle Assembly Building.

Next: a bus tour around the launch pads and Vehicle Assembly Building.

Kennedy Space Center: Fuel for rockets.

Fuel for rockets.

Kennedy Space Center: The launch pad for all the Apollo missions and half the Shuttle missions.

The launch pad for all the Apollo missions and half the Shuttle missions.

Kennedy Space Center: An old model of a Shuttle Orbiter, moved to make room for a real Orbiter in the Kennedy Space Center visitor center.

An old model of a Shuttle Orbiter, moved to make room for a real Orbiter in the Kennedy Space Center visitor center.

Kennedy Space Center: Alligators!

Alligators!

Kennedy Space Center: Saturn V rocket.

Saturn V rocket.

Kennedy Space Center: This thing is waaaaay bigger than I ever imagined.

This thing is waaaaay bigger than I ever imagined.

Kennedy Space Center: Big. Very big.

Big. Very big.

Kennedy Space Center: Self portrait at the Saturn V.

Self portrait at the Saturn V.

Kennedy Space Center: Space bus!

Space bus!

Kennedy Space Center: Apollo 8 rentry capsule.

Apollo 8 rentry capsule.

Kennedy Space Center: Introduction to the space race.

Introduction to the space race.

Kennedy Space Center: The real Apollo space launch command center, now transplanted to the Saturn V visitor center.

The real Apollo space launch command center, now transplanted to the Saturn V visitor center.

Kennedy Space Center: Our guide, Armand.

Our guide, Armand.

Kennedy Space Center: Saturn I computer controls.

Saturn I computer controls.

Kennedy Space Center: A controlled bush burn got out of control, so we had to take the long route back to the visitor center.

A controlled bush burn got out of control, so we had to take the long route back to the visitor center.

Kennedy Space Center: Another tour guide, Tom.

Another tour guide, Tom.

Kennedy Space Center: Shuttle Launch Simulator. This is pretty much a box that shakes you about a lot, but in a very clever way. This is an iPhone photo as you aren't allowed to take large objects like bags or cameras inside.

Shuttle Launch Simulator. This is pretty much a box that shakes you about a lot, but in a very clever way. This is an iPhone photo as you aren’t allowed to take large objects like bags or cameras inside.

Kennedy Space Center: Rocket garden.

Rocket garden.

Kennedy Space Center: Saturn V engine. Just one engine had more power than all three Shuttle engines. And the Saturn V had FIVE of them.

Saturn V engine. Just one engine had more power than all three Shuttle engines. And the Saturn V had FIVE of them.

Kennedy Space Center: Rocket garden.

Rocket garden.

Kennedy Space Center: The Murcury capsule and the Moon.

The Murcury capsule and the Moon.

Kennedy Space Center: The Moon and the Murcury capsule.

The Moon and the Murcury capsule.

Kennedy Space Center: Visitor center entrance with bush fire smoke behind.

Visitor center entrance with bush fire smoke behind.


UK Trip – Januar 2012

In January I visited the UK. I wanted to visit my various family members, and to take Juliane to meet them too. And I needed a new passport. And I had to be in Southampton to work on a cruise ship.

So Juliane and I hired a car for a week, and caught up with everything we wanted and needed. It’s fun to return to places I used to live, over 20 years ago. Ah… memories…

To get ready for our 5 week trip around Africa, I carried my 60D camera and Juliane carried my old 500D camera. We can swap lenses and other gear, and take photos of each other, and help each other out. As it happens, 15 of the 64 photos below were taken by Juliane, though I selected and edited them. Can you tell which ones?

UK trip – January 2012

UK trip - January 2012: Waiting in the airport.

Waiting in the airport.

UK trip - January 2012: Old mill in Nidderdale.

Old mill in Nidderdale.

UK trip - January 2012: How Steen Gorge.

How Steen Gorge.

UK trip - January 2012: How Steen Gorge.

UK trip - January 2012: How Steen Gorge.

UK trip - January 2012: Statue at How Steen Gorge.

Statue at How Steen Gorge.

UK trip - January 2012: Walking down How Steen Gorge.

Walking down How Steen Gorge.

UK trip - January 2012: Bridge crossing.

Bridge crossing.

UK trip - January 2012: Tom Tailor's Cavern.

Tom Tailor’s Cavern.

UK trip - January 2012: A barn I slept in many times as a child. That sounds strange, but I had a strange childhood.

A barn I slept in many times as a child. That sounds strange, but I had a strange childhood.

UK trip - January 2012: Flooded playground in Pately Bridge.

Flooded playground in Pately Bridge.

UK trip - January 2012: Durham Cathedral.

Durham Cathedral.

UK trip - January 2012: Harry Potter was 'ere.

Harry Potter was ‘ere.

UK trip - January 2012: On the roof of Durham Cathedral.

On the roof of Durham Cathedral.

UK trip - January 2012: On the roof of Durham Cathedral.

UK trip - January 2012: On the roof of Durham Cathedral.

UK trip - January 2012: Durham Cathedral.

Durham Cathedral.

UK trip - January 2012: The Angel of the North.

The Angel of the North.

UK trip - January 2012: Group photo at the Angel of the North.

Group photo at the Angel of the North.

UK trip - January 2012: It's made of metal.

It’s made of metal.

UK trip - January 2012: The Pennine Way in Teesdale.

The Pennine Way in Teesdale.

UK trip - January 2012: Taking photos of waterfalls.

Taking photos of waterfalls.

UK trip - January 2012: Taking photos of the sun.

Taking photos of the sun.

UK trip - January 2012: Don't rock the bridge!

Don’t rock the bridge!

UK trip - January 2012: Sheep in the sun.

Sheep in the sun.

UK trip - January 2012: I went to school here in 1989 to 1991.

I went to school here in 1989 to 1991.

UK trip - January 2012: It's a very small school with only 20 pupils in two classes.

It’s a very small school with only 20 pupils in two classes.

UK trip - January 2012: Forest of Teesdale School.

Forest of Teesdale School.

UK trip - January 2012: Forest of Teesdale School.

UK trip - January 2012: I lived here in 1989 and 1990.

I lived here in 1989 and 1990.

UK trip - January 2012: Sheep!

Sheep!

UK trip - January 2012: I lived here in 1989 and 1990.

I lived here in 1989 and 1990.

UK trip - January 2012: More sheep!

More sheep!

UK trip - January 2012: High Force.

High Force.

UK trip - January 2012: Filming for the International Juggler video.

Filming for the International Juggler video.

UK trip - January 2012: At High Force.

At High Force.

UK trip - January 2012: Danger!

Danger!

UK trip - January 2012: Walking in the sun in Teesdale.

Walking in the sun in Teesdale.

UK trip - January 2012: I lived in this house in Middleton-in-Teesdale from 1991 to 1997.

I lived in this house in Middleton-in-Teesdale from 1991 to 1997.

UK trip - January 2012: This is funny only to Germans who remember a Loriot sketch.

This is funny only to Germans who remember a Loriot sketch.

UK trip - January 2012: Or, as it happens, mis-remember a Loriot sketch.

Or, as it happens, mis-remember a Loriot sketch.

UK trip - January 2012: The Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle.

The Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle.

UK trip - January 2012: The Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle.

UK trip - January 2012: The Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle.

UK trip - January 2012: The Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle.

UK trip - January 2012: I worked at this school in 1998 and 1999.

I worked at this school in 1998 and 1999.

UK trip - January 2012: The setting of a clip from my Rocky video act.

The setting of a clip from my Rocky video act.

UK trip - January 2012: Barnard Castle in Barnard Castle.

Barnard Castle in Barnard Castle.

UK trip - January 2012: Barnard Castle in Barnard Castle.

UK trip - January 2012: Barnard Castle in Barnard Castle.

UK trip - January 2012: In Barnard Castle, a historic market town.

In Barnard Castle, a historic market town.

UK trip - January 2012: Barnard Castle in Barnard Castle.

Barnard Castle in Barnard Castle.

UK trip - January 2012: When sorting through the gear in my parent's attic, I found some juggling trophies. This is the IJA People's Coice Award from 2004, won by me.

When sorting through the gear in my parent’s attic, I found some juggling trophies. This is the IJA People’s Coice Award from 2004, won by me.

UK trip - January 2012: RIT 2005 games prizes. I'm not quite sure why I flew these trophies home.

RIT 2005 games prizes. I’m not quite sure why I flew these trophies home.

UK trip - January 2012: Rae family in the car.

Rae family in the car.

UK trip - January 2012: Uncle and niece.

Uncle and niece.

UK trip - January 2012: Uncle and niece.

UK trip - January 2012: Invisible nephew.

Invisible nephew.

UK trip - January 2012: Waiting in the hospital.

Waiting in the hospital.

UK trip - January 2012: Family gathering in the hospital (iPhone photo).

Family gathering in the hospital (iPhone photo).

UK trip - January 2012: While in the hospital I checked my height. Turns out I'm 185cm tall. Or 6' 1

While in the hospital I checked my height. Turns out I’m 185cm tall. Or 6′ 1″, in old money.

UK trip - January 2012: Quick photo with my sister.

Quick photo with my sister.

UK trip - January 2012: I ended the trip with a cruise to Barcelona and Athens.

I ended the trip with a cruise to Barcelona and Athens.

UK trip - January 2012: Flying home.

Flying home.


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