Thursday, October 22, 2009

Our San Antonio Vacation Day 3

Saturday morning we got in the car for about a 3.5 hour ride to Houston. It was worth it though because we went to the Houston Space Center.

Astronaut Andrew

Inside the International Space Station.

Space toilet and shower among other things!

Small scale replica of the International Space Station showing that when it's completed it will be as long as a football field.

Andrew practicing docking the space shuttle.
They had places where you could practice flying, docking and landing the space shuttle.

When a shuttle lifts off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, Houston takes over. We don't have any shuttles in space right now, but we toured the mission control center for the International Space Station. The first thing you see is a flat map of the earth showing where the ISS is over the earth at any given moment. The astronauts aboard were sleeping when we were there and were due to wake up in about 30 minutes. They had a countdown to that along with a countdown to when a Russia supply ship was due to dock with the ISS. You could see the supply ship chasing the ISS and starting to catch up. Very cool! They also had a live picture of Earth from the ISS. At one point the picture went dark because the ISS was over the section of Earth opposite the sun so it was night time.

It was also a really cool experience because we got to tour actual working areas of NASA. In one of those areas they have a huge warehouse with full-scale models of the ISS and the shuttle so astronauts can train on them before going to space.

They told us we were a very lucky tour group because about 2 weeks ago the new moon rovers had been brought in!

It was very interesting, plus I seem to be very into this space exploration stuff. I don't ever want to go to space, but I love learning about it.

1 comment:

  1. Totally awesome! I've never been into outer space stuff, but this would be a cool place to visit.