" I've spent more hours playing with Orbiter, mastering some basics like rendezvous and (not quite) docking.
Relative motion in 3D really forces you to think in vectors (or be a real natural at the astronaut thing, like the guys in "Space Cowboys" which I just rewatched - pretty insane plot but lots of fun).
I was able to de-orbit from a low, fast lunar orbit to land at "Brighton Beach" but could not manage to land near any of the pads - I just couldn't kill all my relative motion.
First person physics. I still like it! But then again, I was a physics major and used to fancy doing this stuff (orbital mechanics if not astronaut) as a job someday - then somehow I ended up in optics.
Orbiter Sound 3.0 is an essential add on and it turns Orbiter into (among other things) a cool MP3 player with great "animation." You can load up to 200 MP3's into a WinAmp play list and they will play in the sim.
You even get a MFD to control them!
So I spent a good 90 minutes orbiting the earth for the views in the ISS (usually at 10-100x time warp) while listening to some classical theme music. So far I've been pretty literal - Strauss's Blue Danube - Holst's Planets - Mozart's Jupiter Symphony -- all seem suitable for space. I also have the Ravel Daphne and Chloe (suite), very nice moon mood music.
I took a couple of pictures out of the window. Note the unusual labeling on the Australia SE coast...
International Space Station over Chino.
International Space Station over MiGMan.