United States of America


This album includes my USA pictures outside of California. First, I have some pictures from a more recent trip to Florida. The Sunshine State is full of beaches and cool places to explore (Miami Beach doesn't really need a description). I also visited the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, NASA's most important space center. There's lots to see here, including launch pads 39A and 39B used for the Apollo missions and the Space Shuttle, the famous Vehicle Assembly Building and the Space Shuttle landing strip, a full-size almost-flown real Saturn V Rocket and the actual Atlantis Space Shuttle! Really fascinating stuff. Finally, I had the opportunity to view the launch of the Orion EFT-1 mission - a test of the Orion Multi-purpose Crew Vehicle that is intended to be used for the human exploration of the asteroids and Mars. The rocket used was the awesome Delta IV Heavy - the most powerful rocket currently in operation. The launch was viewed from much farther away than the one I saw in Baikonur, but was still very impressive.

In Florida I also went to Key West, which is a charming little town that was a delight to explore; also, the road to Key West on the Overseas Highway is spectacular. Other destinations included Disney World and Seaworld in Orlando, and an airboat ride in the Evergaldes.

Finally, this album also includes some older pictures from a trip to the East Coast as well as other destinations outside of California (note: pictures scanned from film). New York is endlessly fascinating, with Times Square counting as one of the coolest places on Earth (or so it seemed at the time). Washington is very visitor-friendly, full of museums, monuments and landmarks (don't miss the fantastic Air & Space Museum).

Niagara Falls and the Grand Canyon are spectacular natural wonders, with the latter being truely breathtaking - the scale is immense and pictures don't really do it justice. I also enjoyed a trip to the Meteor Crater in Arizona.

Finally, Las Vegas is in a league of its own.

Note: For my Califonia pictures, click here.

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