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Updated: 01/17/2013 08:00:02AM

The night I slept under a moon rocket

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ARCADIAN PHOTO BY ADRIAN A. FEBLES, afebles@sun-herald.com

Lt Col. Gerald Carr, center, is surrounded by members of Cub Scout Pack 35, out of Fort Myers, during their overnight adventure at NASA last Saturday. Carr spent 84 days in space inside the Skylab Orbital Workshop in the early 1970s. Unitl the International Space Station was built, he held the record for the longest stay in space.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY ADRIAN A. FEBLES, afebles@sun-herald.com

The Saturn V rocket was built in the 1960s to take man to the moon. This rocket, which is fully functional, was supposed to be used in the Apollo XIX mission, but the U.S. government cancelled teh last three Apollo missions in order to fund the Vietnam War. This reporter and his son slept undeneath those engines during an overninght adventure at NASA.

By ADRIAN A. FEBLES

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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Cape Canaveral — When I was a child, I wanted to be an astronaut. After all, what kid growing up in the 1960s didn’t? The first time I visited NASA was in 1968, and I saw Apollo 11 being built. They took us right into the hangar. Security was not an issue back then. I was awed beyond words when they told us that very rocket was going to land on the moon.

When Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon on July 20, 1969, I was 6 years old ... er, 6 and a half. And, just as the billions of people around the planet who marveled at that astounding achievement, I wondered what it was like to be inside a rocket.

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