Thursday, March 25, 2021

Photo of the Day: The Delta 2 Is Now Immortalized at the Rocket Garden in Florida...

A retired Delta 2 launch vehicle is now on display in the Rocket Garden at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in of March 23, 2021.
United Launch Alliance

Just thought I'd share this image of the Delta 2 rocket that is now on display in the 'Rocket Garden' at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida! This retired launch vehicle was officially unveiled to the public two days ago...and now joins space shuttle Atlantis on my list of historic vehicles that I want to see when I make another trip to NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida.

I was planning to re-visit KSC this year to see the Space Launch System (SLS) stand tall at Launch Complex 39B, but 1.) The COVID-19 pandemic gave me second thoughts about flying to Florida—a Republican-run coronavirus hotspot—this year (even when I hopefully get vaccinated next month), 2.) The first launch of SLS on Artemis 1 will most likely be postponed to early 2022 after it took two attempts to conduct a successful Green Run hot fire test at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, and 3.) I just put the finishing touches on paying off a major credit card debt using my $1,400 stimulus payment last week. (Thank you, President Biden!) But I might change my mind.

So why am I fond of the Delta 2, you ask? It was responsible for launching Mars Pathfinder, the Phoenix Mars lander, the Kepler telescope and the Dawn spacecraft to the cosmos over the past 25 years. Click on this page to know why these missions—among many, many more—mean so much to me! Happy Thursday.

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