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Space Center

I finished last week in the North East on a Friday and had to be in the South East on Monday. I decided to camp over in Orlando. The Kennedy Space Center is just a bit down the road and I highly recommend it to all engineers. It goes back to a time when there was prestige in being an Engineer. The only thing that has impressed my as an engineer in the locks at the Panama Canal.  It is also special for me because my father was a NASA engineer. I thought I should go see where he spent much of my formative years. It is a wonderful place in a museum sort of way. Whatever reasons for the trip to the moon, space travel will never reach the same excitement as it did in the 60s. I feel privileged to experience the space program from the engineer’s prospective. Most everyone else experienced the media’s Astronaut based prospective. I can tell you the engineers considered the astronauts to be cargo. Very important cargo, mind you, because they brought in the funding. I remember hearing on the news that Gus Grissom’ s Mercury capsule had faulty explosive latches. My father when wild and had a conversation with Gus.

Hysterical laughter.
“So the latch failed Gus?
Never mind that they have never failed in 20 years of fighter aircraft Gus.
But it failed for you, right Gussy boy?
But if you say so it must be, after all you are an Astronaut!”
More laughter.
 
With Mondale (He felt we couldn’t afford it, the war, and the great society programs) trying to shut down the space program, NASA determined they could not risk having a less the perfect Astronaut. So the engineers took it in the shorts. It is surprising what people will endure to keep their jobs. 
 
Anyway if you are in Florida defiantly go see the space center.

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