Tuesday, January 11, 2011


This was an amazing day and an amazing place to visit.  There is plenty for all to do...plenty to see.  ( I have a bunch of photos in case any kids out there who are interested in space or becoming an astronaut would like to view them.)

One of the first things we did was catch a show on the triumphs of America's manned  space flight program. 

Oh my gosh!  I came out of there with so much pride in this country that my heart felt like it was swelling large enough to burst through my chest. 

President Kennedy used this podium when he gave his famous speech announcing the space program at Rice University.

After the show, we went to the Starship Gallery to view the world's largest display of Moon rocks.  Here is a sampling of some other fascinating things we saw in that gallery. (No, no pictures of Moon rocks. Sorry.)

Next, we headed over to view the mock cockpit of the space shuttle.  It seemed so much smaller than I thought it would be.

He has a few more years to go :)

We also experienced a blast off.  Even though they said we'd feel what it is like when over 7 million pounds of thrust push a 4.5 million pound vehicle skyward, I don't think it was quite the same...but the special effects were really cool.

After that experience, we went into the Blast Off Theater for a live update on current shuttle missions.  ***Only two left***  The next is scheduled for Feb. 3.  That mission is to bring up material and supplies to finish the International Space Station, which is scheduled for completion in 2011.

These last two are going to be historic.  Try and catch one if you can!


A tram tour over to the Johnson Space Center grounds...the REAL space center...was fascinating.  We saw Mission Control.

(Sorry about the blur.  I was trying not to use flash and forgot to change my speed.)

We also went to a building that housed the mock up of the International Space Station.  This is where the astronauts do their actual training.  The ISS mock up is broken into sections due to its share enormity.

No one was there since it was a Saturday. 

You know that arm you always see attached to the space shuttle, operating out in space?  The pic below, on the top right, is the one that the astronauts do all their practicing on.

And that man in the gold mask?  He is Robonaut...the future of the space program.  He is scheduled to make his new home on the ISS in February.  Pretty cool, huh?

Off to some real rockets now...

...and the grandaddy of them all...

The Saturn V...America's Moon Rocket.

The first of five sets of engines below.

There are only three Saturn V's left.  This one being the most well-preserved thanks to the collaboration between the Smithsonian and NASA. 

Sally and Ester went on some simulated ride. 

There was a mounted camera inside the space shuttle where we could view from the outside.  Because the camera spun when they spun the "shuttle", we only knew they were upside down by watching their hair. 

Take a look at the sequence of these photos...

Oh! They had so much fun.  We could hear them screaming on the outside of the shuttle.

And they thought this was a "way too cool" McDonald's. (We just drove by it.)

We still have snow on the ground.  They have worked hard each day finishing up on their school work in order to get out and play in it.  A nice incentive indeed!  (And quiet time for me ;)

P.S.  Sally just came in, frozen, telling me she thinks her snot froze on her face - LOL

Hope you are having a good week!


  1. Great pics! Looks like a very interesting field trip. Thanks for sharing.

  2. your children will rememebr this for the rest of their lives. you takes the greatest "field trips" and so educational!

  3. How fun! LOL @ Sally's comment! We're out again on Wed., and it's snowing again.

  4. Gardenia, I am a big believer in seizing the moment and going for it. Can you tell?! I look forward to them telling their children someday all the things that they have scene and learned about.

  5. I love taking trips like this! Seeing a space shuttle launch is something my husband has wanted to do for a long time, looks like we won't see it ~ darn. Glad the kids are enjoying the snow. We received a few inches yesterday/last night and the kids will be anxious to get out today.

  6. Patty, you got some great photos. Thanks for sharing them with us. It looks like you guys had a great time. I am hoping we can make it to the Cape in Florida this year to go to the Space Center there. Your pics make me what to go that much more! Stay warm.

  7. I stopped by to enjoy your music and live vicariously through your cool field trip. It is place like that make me wish the Oil Industry would send us to Houston one of these days. :)

  8. Awesome! We are studying Astronomy right now...what a great field trip that would be:-) Thanks for sharing.


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