|Dawn breaks over the Turn Basin.|
On Thursday April 15 I was up bright and early, dressing even with a tie, and then drove to the media badging office at the South Gate to pick up my accreditation.
I must admit that I didn't really believe they ware actually going to let me in. I was concerned that they would spot the green dot on my KSC identity tag that designated foreign media, and say: "Oh no, you cannot come!"
In the event, I walked in, announced my name, and I was immediately handed my pass. No drama, no questions, no denial. I now had the coveted plastic credit card sized badge with my name on it actually in my hand!
|The queue of television outside broadcast vans waiting to be escorted to the Shuttle Landing Facility to cover the arrival and departure of Air Force One.|
|Overseeing this marshalled convoy was an osprey.|
We didn't need to show up at the News Center until noon, but I couldn't see much point in driving all the way back to Titusville and then return to KSC, so I went to the News Center, arriving at 7:15 am.
There was a queue of television outside broadcast vans in the car park, anxious to head out and set up to cover the presidential visit.
In the News Center I met and started chatting to a young lady from the White House. She told me that she had just got back from a visit to Australia, where she had been organising President Obama's visit there later in the year.
She gave me a diamond shaped green badge, having first written my name on it. I was now a member of the White House Press Corps!! This meant I could get closer to the President than some of the other reporters. It had certainly paid off to be at the KSC press Site early.
With time to kill I walked to the KSC employee's canteen for a meal, and on the way spotted two ospreys nesting atop high poles. This was another reminder that the space centre is in the middle of a wild life refuge.
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