Friday, March 27, 2009

NASA Johnson's Space Center~Houston TX

Today we visited the Space Center in Houston. We first did a tram tour of the behind the scenes buildings and people here, which was cut very short due to a storm. In fact, we were only able to see the inside of one building and the old mission control room:
At this point my camera battery died, so the rest of the pics are from Nathan's cell phone.

Next we saw a show that was about Living in Space that had a module set up to demonstrate what it is like living in the space station. The man doing the demonstration brought up the little fun fact about them working on a way to purify urine to reuse it on the space station. We read that when we were going to watch the shuttle launch so it was neat to hear it mentioned again.
We also visited the Starship Gallery with these being some of the things in the collection there: an original model of the Goddard Rocket; the actual Mercury Atlas 9 "Faith 7" capsule flown by Gordon Cooper; the Gemini V Spacecraft piloted by Pete Conrad and Gordon Cooper; a Lunar Roving Vehicle Trainer, the Apollo 17 Command Module, the giant Skylab Trainer, and the Apollo-Soyuz Trainer.
And then we did a bunch of modules they had in the center of the space station. We thought this place was very cool and would visit it again.

2 comments:

unschoolermom said...

Taliesin and Nathanael would love this! Outerspace is definitely a big interest around here!

Kandy

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