Wednesday, April 2, 2014

I can't believe it has been so long since my last post!  We have been busy with sicknesses, ministry and school.  But a few weeks ago Brent went to Cali for the Shepherd's Conference and I went to Houston with the kids for Spring Break.  We did a lot of cool stuff while we were there and we got to spend time with family.  The coolest thing we did was go to Space Center Houston....
 McDonald's breakfast is always the best way to start the day...
 Daddy called during breakfast and we got to talk briefly.
 When you first get to Space Center Houston you watch  short film on the discoveries and strides we have made in space exploration.
 Peter and I go to try our hand at manually landing the space shuttle on the moon...
 ....trying to see if we could lift weights on the different planets...
 ..and seeing what type of bird we would be.  We all came out as humming birds.  :)
 So right about now, my inner science nerd started to get giddy.  We got in line for the guided tram tour of Nasa...

 A short time later we found ourselves at the base of the stairs leading to THE Mission Control.
 We got to sit in the seats that were reserved for the family of the astronauts that were gone on missions.  If you listen carefully, you can hear my inner science nerd starting to hyperventilate.  :)  This is the room where Neil Armstrong's famous words were heard!  "One small step for giant leap for mankind"....chills.
We also got to go on a tour to see the astronaut training center for the International Space Station.

This is a docking simulator.  When they are trying to dock, they are going 5 miles per second...that's like getting from Houston to Paris in 17 minutes!
This is the Orion mock-up capsule.  The current mission is to get a man to Mars.
This guy is one of the coolest parts...the robotics here are so advanced that he can bend both ways at the knees, has the dexterity in his hands to turn a single page of a book, and has clamps on his feet to allow him to work anywhere in or out of the ISS!
Another short tram ride took us to Saturn V and other rockets...

She was HUGE!

As you walked down the side of the rocket you got to see a memorial to all 17 missions that she took.  Here I am with the Apollo 1 team.

Back at Space Center Houston visitor center we watched a video that made you feel like you were flying over the Earth...
...and saw Galileo - the shuttle used in some of the early Star Trek movies.  Yeeeessss!!

We toured a model of a space shuttle cockpit,
got to take our picture on "Mars" ( I love the little alien, lol!)...
...and see what it would feel like to sit in the rocket, ready to launch.  I'm not necessarily claustrophobic, but it was hard not to get an uneasy feeling in your stomach as you lay there...
Moon rocks!
We got to see an exhibit that made you feel like you where standing on the moon, looking back at the Earth.  Strangely peaceful...and eerie.  I was glad to turn around and see that I was still firmly planted with my kids running circles on Earth!
To Infinity and Beyond!
Thank you Mom and Dad for taking us!  We had a BLAST! :)


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