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October 29, 2004
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Memorial pays tribute to Israeli Astronaut Ilan Ramon

Last week I traveled to Orlando, Florida, for a business trip. One afternoon I had a bit of free time and I decided to visit the Kennedy Space Center, about 50 miles from Orlando.

This place is amazing! It’s basically NASA’s launch headquarters, and as their website says: “It’s the only place on Earth where you can tour launch areas, meet an Astronaut, see giant rockets, train in spaceflight simulators, and even view a launch!”. For more information on the Kennedy Space Center, click here.


An Astronaut greets visitors at the
entrance of the Kennedy Space Center

One of the attractions of the visitor complex at the space center is an actual full-sized Space Shuttle, where we can see how astronauts live and work while flying through space! Another exhibit is an “Astronaut Memorial”, a giant “space mirror” high-tech national monument dedicated to our fallen heroes. For more information of the visitor complex at the Space Center, click here; for more information on the Astronaut Memorial, click here.


Ilan Ramon, Israel's first Astronaut Click on image to zoom in

Among the astronauts who have perished is Ilan Ramon, the first Israeli astronaut. Seven astronauts, including Ilan Ramon, were killed on February 1st 2003, when the space shuttle Columbia broke up about 38 miles above Texas on its way to Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Astronaut monument includes a picture of Ilan Ramon and a description of his professional career and duties aboard the Space Shuttle. There’s even a small Israeli flag on a drawing of a space shuttle!

I have published many stories on Ilan Ramon, since he was and always will be a source of inspiration and hope for me and many others. Here are some articles:

If you have a chance to visit the Kennedy Space Center, don’t hesitate! It’s 50 miles from Orlando, a bit more than the other Disney parks, but it’s worth every second. It was the highlight of my trip and I wouldn’t think twice about returning to Orlando just to visit the Space Center again.

I have added below over 40 pictures I have taken of the Space Center, including the Astronaut Memorial museum, a visit to the Space Shuttle, and more.


Here are the pictures I was lucky enough to take when I visited the Kennedy Space Center in Orlando, Florida. All pictures are 320x240 pixels, but if you click on it a new window will popup with a version that's 640x480 pixels. If you'd like to receive a high-resolution version of any pictures for printing, send me a message and I'll send it to you for free.


The Astronaut Memorial welcome sign


The Astronaut Memorial, a giant space mirror, pays tribute to all of our fallen heroes


A special plaque for the crew of the Space Shuttle Columbia


A special tribute to Ilan Ramon, Israel's first Astronaut


The crew of the Space Shuttle Columbia Notice the Israeli flag in the bottom right!


A tribute to all Astronauts


A tribute to all Astronauts (zoom)


A special plaque for the crew of the Space Shuttle Columbia


A special plaque for the crew of the Space Shuttle Columbia (zoom)


Pictures of the Space Shuttle

The Kennedy Space Center has a full-size Space Shuttle that visitors can touch and even enter! Here are some of the pictures I was able to take:


















General Pictures of the Space Center

Here are other pictures of the Kennedy Space Center visitor complex. The rockets and engines you see with the American flag are real! You can touch them and even learn of the amazing missions they were used in such as going to the moon and even Mars!


The entrance to the Kennedy Space Center














Posted by David Melle at October 29, 2004 04:28 PM
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If we had landed on the moon! how come we never build a moon base instead of building a floating space station. less expensive and complecatted don't you think so, must be some sort of true explanion you should tell the people.

Posted by: Andy Perreault on October 31, 2004 02:04 PM
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