Mission: SPACE

I was watching the Discovery Channel today, specifically a show about extreme amusement park rides. The story that especially caught my attention was about a new ride at Disney's Epcot called Mission: SPACE. It's a four-minute simulated experience including the g-forces of blast off through the weightlessness of a mission into space, and some surprises along the way. This made me do a web search to find out more, and I found this story about the ride, which explains that the g-forces are accomplished with a centrifuge with ten four-person pods attached. Here's the full ride review and this is a view inside a pod:

I really want to take that ride some day. I'll be in Orlando later this month on a business trip. I don't think there will be time to get over to Epcot, but I'm certainly going to look into it. I enjoy all the IMAX films at DC's Smithsonian museums for the somewhat similar "being there" experience. But that Epcot ride sounds like an amazing virtual reality trip.

Posted: Sun - January 4, 2004 at 08:44 PM