Duration: 1st May – 31st May 2019
Number of books: 7
Hosted by:Crazy Challenge Connection
I vaguely remember visiting The Kennedy Space Center in 1970, although I wasn’t nearly as excited about it as my older brother was. KSC has expanded quite a bit since then, becoming a popular tourist attraction. After doing a little research for this challenge, I decided I’d love to visit again soon!
1. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Launch Operation Center in Florida was just one of the ten NASA field centers. The center was christened The John F. Kennedy Space Center a week after the President’s assassination. In December 1968, the location became the primary launch site for human spaceflight.
Read a book that is the first in a series with at least 9 subsequent books written to date OR read a book whose title begins with a letter in NASA LOC (ignore a, an, the). – Laughing All the Way to the Mosque by Zarqa Nawaz
2. The US Military had been using nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station for missile launch operations since 1949. Outgrowing the space, and with the beginning of the space program, the government bought an adjacent 131 square miles on Merritt Island, off the eastern coast of Florida. Today CCAFSC and The Kennedy Space Center (KSC) work closely together, sharing some buildings and personnel.
Read a book that takes place in Florida OR read a book in which two groups (professional or non) work well together. – Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan
3. Only nine percent of Merritt Island has been developed, although much of the area is highly restricted. Some of the undeveloped land serves as an important wildlife sanctuary; Mosquito Lagoon, Indian River, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and Canaveral National Seashore are other features of the area. Center workers can encounter bald eagles, American alligators, wild boars, eastern diamondback rattlesnakes, the endangered Florida panther and Florida manatees.
🚀 Read a book originally published in a year containing a “9”
OR read a book in which any of the wildlife listed above is mentioned; please copy the sentence and indicate its location in your book. – Unbound by Kim Harrison, Melissa Marr, Jeaniene Frost, Vicki Pettersson & Jocelynn Drake (2009)
4. Launch Complex 39 was originally built for the Saturn V and went on to host Apollo, Space Shuttle, and Skylab missions. LC 39 remains the primary launch site for several programs, including the world launch site for the International Space Station (ISS).
Read a book whose page count contains an intact “39” (i.e. 439, 396) OR read a book that is considered an author’s “primary” (aka best known) work. – Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe
5. The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is a popular tourist attraction featuring exhibits and displays, historic spacecraft and memorabilia, shows, two IMAX theaters, and a range of bus tours of the spaceport. The KSC grew from its humble beginnings in a trailer to a museum voted the eighth best in the US. Close to 2 million people visit annually.
🚀 Read a book in which a significant portion takes place in or around a popular tourist attraction; tell us where (must be specific – “a beach” wouldn’t count but “Whitehead Beach” would)
OR read a book that is eighth in a series (or an author’s 8th published book; if using this option, make sure to provide an author link). – Bit the Jackpot by Erin McCarthy (The Strip, Las Vegas)
6. The Astronaut Memorial Foundation runs two facilities within the Visitor Complex. The most visible of these is the Space Mirror Memorial, also known as the Astronaut Memorial, a huge black granite mirror through-engraved with the names of all astronauts who died in the line of duty.
🚀 Read a book with a primarily black cover OR read a book in which someone is killed accidentally (i.e. in the line of duty, in a car crash). – The Radium Girls by Kate Moore
7. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, KSC has introduced an exhibition titled “Heroes and Legends,” which encompasses the US Astronaut Hall of Fame. A host of other exhibitions allow the visitor to experience a simulated space launch and go through astronaut training.
🚀 Read a book originally published in 1969 OR read a book that takes place in outer space.