So you see I noted the Red above that is because we took the Blue Tram and found out it only stopped at 2 out of the 3 stops. They billed Blue as a visual tour with Red being the informational tour. We took Blue because of the kids and I would not recommend that.
The building we missed was Building 9 the Vehicle Mock Up Facility. Currently it houses mock ups of parts of the ISS and the Orion capsule. You might actually see astronauts in action practicing on mock ups of equipment they will be using in space. I regret we missed it.
Blue Tram takes about an hour (Red Tram takes 1.5 hours) and there are 2 stops. The first is to Mission Control. This Mission Control room monitors all US manned space flight 24/7. It has recently been updated with state of the art equipment.
Up on the screens you can see the other control room this one monitors activities on the ISS (International Space Station).
We were lucky enough to have a wonderful guide that was full of great information. We even found out why the ISS looks like it is on a wavy path (answer – so it can pass over Cape Canaveral and Moscow on every circle of the earth.)
We also found out that only the CAPCOM (Capsule Communicator) ever speaks to the crew. This is so they never get mixed messages. That means the Flight Director (man in charge) mus always talk through the CAPCOM.
Insider Tip: This Mission Control Room can only be seen on weekends. If you go on a weekday (or the Red Tram) you will be taken to the Historic Mission Control Room.
This room is awesome as it takes you back to Apollo 11 and those first steps on the moon. It will also have you thinking of those famous words ‘Houston, we have a problem’ as this is the room where Flight Director Gene Kranz told everyone ‘Failure is not an option.’.
As you can tell I really liked this portion. Again Mr J was not entertained enough for his liking.