2DieFR, you got some excellent pictures of it! Whenever I look, it always appears mega dark and I can barely see it really. I notice it kind of moving off to the side but I've never gotten a good look at it like that before. Your pictures do make it look much better but nothing can replace the giant red thing that was once there. I miss that thing a lot.
Before the new Space Mountain opened, one of the many rumors I heard was that we're supposed to get hit by an asteroid...but then again we were also going to have a quick launch and a loop, right? Well, do you think that there's going to be some sort of effect with this asteroid eventually, or is it just going to be used as decoration?
Also, I'm kind of glad we don't have that big glowing red ball any more, sorry. It just seemed kind of lame to me (along with the giant flying cookies and this thing that every time we rode my family would have arguments over whether it was a turkey drumstick or a toothbrush). I kind of like the dark way it is now...er was, and will be after Rockin'. But I haven't even been on Rockin' yet, but I will in a few days! Oh now I'm rambling, sorry...
Is that the thing that looks like a giant chocolate chip cookie?
No, this was added in the recent rebuilding rehab.
The cookie is something that, for now, you'll have to go to Orlando to witness. The WDW Space Mountain is a more madmouse/Matterhorn style affair in a dark room with projections of of asteroids on the roof of the dome. Since you can see into the dome from the loading station, if you observe the asteroid projections enough you'll see one is a zoomed-up cookie.