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(January 1st — December 31st, 2014)

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Ken Stuart

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Apollo / Saturn V Center, Kennedy Space Center, Florida, USA

Feb. 20, 2014, 4:10 pm local (-5 GMT)

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Back in the '70s, during my youth, my family visited the Kennedy Space Center, where NASA exhibited the Saturn V rocket shown here. At that time, however, it simply sat along a roadway. One could park a car next to it for scale and take a film photograph of it.

In February we took our own kids to see the same spacecraft, now housed indoors in the Apollo / Saturn V Center, where it sits atop a cradle, out of the weather. Its current situation allows one to walk underneath it and use a digital camera to generate an immersive photo.

Many things have changed since the '70s at NASA and with photography and computers: the shuttle has come and gone; film seems old-fashioned; we have the Internet now.

But where to next? Back to the moon? To Mars? To a full-scale surveillance society with cameras everywhere all the time, except where they are most needed? To a series of tubes disconnected from each other for fear of watchers?

If you get to Florida, be sure to visit this rocket. It's worth a view close-up. Also try to see a live launch. They're awesome. In the old-school sense of the word.

Handheld Nikon D90 with 10.5mm lens; PTGui Pro; Saturn V rocket.

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