Shuttle Launch Sideshow

Space Shuttle Payload Specialist Roger Crouch

Me and Space Shuttle Payload Specialist Roger Crouch

It’s one of the fundamental principles behind When it comes to extraordinary experiences, we figure you’d rather hear about them from someone who’s been there and done that

Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to score a ride into outer space (not yet, anyway) so I can’t tell you what it’s like.  But I found some folks who can on a recent visit to Florida’s Kennedy Space Center. 

Besides some tasty grub (thankfully not the freeze-dried stuff they feed real astronauts), the hour-long Lunch With An Astronaut program serves up a light-hearted video presentation that should answer just about every question you ever had about life aboard NASA’s space shuttles and the International Space Station.  For instance, I now know how one answers the call of nature in zero gravity (if you’re equally curious, click here).

The best part, however, is the chance to meet a real-life astronaut and hear first-hand what it’s like to go from 0 to 17,500 miles-per-hour in about six minutes.  After lunch, take a ride on the Visitor Center’s Shuttle Launch Experience simulator and you’ll have a pretty good feel for what the crew of Discovery will go through when they finally lift off from Cape Canaveral later this month.


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