I grabbed this shot on the recent trip to Kennedy Space Center. It’s the interior of Space Shuttle Explorer. For those of you who haven’t yet visited KSC, Explorer is a full-size mockup of a shuttle, so I didn’t have any special access. For a while, I thought this was a slightly smaller version. When I walked around the Shuttle Enterprise at the National Air & Space Museum, it just seemed much larger on the exterior than Explorer. Perhaps it was the difference between seeing Enterprise in a hangar and Explorer out in the open.
This is one of those times when I felt like Clark W. Griswold looking at the Grand Canyon. After you look at it, you just bounce your head a couple of times and then it’s time to go. Yep, there it is. You can’t walk into it, there’s no interactivity. Behind this view is a glass panel with a view into the cockpit. There’s a space suit there, but the glare from the glass panel really prevents you from getting a good view inside. I still tried taking some shots and I’ll see if I can do anything with them, but mostly you see reflections of European tourists wearing plaid shorts.
For a moment, though, you look inside the shuttle bay and think, “this is pretty cool.” That’s the moment I’ve decided to keep.