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The gift of time

The trip to see NASA's launch doesn't work out as planned, but for this father and son, the improvised time alone proves to be the real adventure.


Five-year-old Aurelio Paltera and his father, Stefano Paltera, use the self-timer function on their camera to get a souvenir photo of the NASA Rocket Garden at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Nov. 1, 2010.
(Stefano Paltera / For The Times)

One small step for a boy, one giant leap for his imagination. Five-year-old Aurelio plays around Kennedy Space Center after the launch of shuttle Discovery is delayed. Nov. 1, 2010.
(Stefano Paltera / For The Times)

Former astronaut Jon McBride pins a souvenir on Aurelio during a tour of Kennedy Space Center. Nov. 5, 2010.
(Stefano Paltera / For The Times)

Aurelio proudly wears a souvenir pin given to him by McBride. Nov. 5, 2010.
(Stefano Paltera / For The Times)

McBride receives one of Aurelio's favorite pins. Nov. 5, 2010.
(Stefano Paltera / For The Times)

Aurelio waits in line to board a bus that will tour Kennedy Space Center. Nov. 1, 2010.
(Stefano Paltera / For The Times)

For a few moments, Aurelio, left, and another child get to feel like Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin while touching the moon (at least 17 grams of it) at Kennedy Space Center. Scientists believe this lunar sample was formed about 3.7 billion years ago and is older than 99.99% of all surface rocks on Earth. Nov. 1, 2010.
(Stefano Paltera / For The Times)

Tourists ride on an airboat in the central Florida Everglades. Aurelio and his dad explored the surrounding areas of Cape Canaveral after the launch of space shuttle Discovery was delayed. Nov. 3, 2010.
(Stefano Paltera / For The Times)

Air Force Thunderbirds make a pass over the water during the Cocoa Beach Air Show in Florida. Oct. 31, 2010.
(Stefano Paltera / For The Times)

Aurelio holds a young alligator named Hollywood at the end of an airboat tour of the Everglades. Nov. 3, 2010.
(Stefano Paltera / For The Times)

Sea gulls are the only flying objects seen during a hushed sunrise on Cocoa Beach, Fla., after shuttle Discovery's launched was delayed.
(Stefano Paltera / For The Times)

Though nothing was flying during the day, Aurelio's nights were surely full of dreams of shuttle launches. A new space shuttle cuddle toy has replaced his teddy bear. Nov. 5, 2010.
(Stefano Paltera / For The Times)

One of many drawings by kindergartner Aurelio after the father-son trip to Kennedy Space Center. The launch of shuttle Discovery is now delayed until February. Santa Monica. Nov. 28, 2010.
(Stefano Paltera / For The Times)

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