Saturday the folks were tourists once again. This time they drove about an hour to tour Space Center Houston. Everything seems to be an hour from us no matter what direction we go. Mama wasn't very excited about going, but Daddy kept telling her that they may have something special for Apollo 13 and since that mission was made into one of her favorite movies, she decided it might be okay. Tickets are normally $22 a person, but she found out they were offering tickets half off if you ordered them last week, so that is what she did.
Space Center Houston is actually the official visitors center of NASA's Johnson Space center. It seems to be geared towards kids, but there are things for adults. There are several short films to watch and two different tram tours to take. One tram tour is to the Astronaut Training Facility and the other one is to Mission Control. They both stop off at Saturn V Facility which is where a rocket is stored. They chose the Mission Control tour as Mama was still hoping to see where Apollo 13 said "Houston, we have a problem." Unfortunately, there are several mission controls and that is not the one they saw. Everything takes about an hour to do, so you have to plan your time carefully around when the films are shown and the tours take place. They followed the guide that said if you only have 3-4 hours, this is what you should do. They were there for more like five hours. Oh, they ate lunch there. It was expensive, of course. Dad had a hamburger that looked a little grey. He said it was baked. It was $8. It came with fries. Mama had chicken strips and fries and said it was fine. It was also $8.
|Entrance to Space Center Houston|
|Inside Starship Gallery Museum|
|Space rover that astronauts used for training|
|Another shot of the space rover|
|This is a moon rock that you can touch. There are only 8 in the world that people are allowed to touch. Mama said it was very smooth. She washed her hands after touching it because she thought of all the germs that it must have on it. LOL|
|More moon rocks. They were behind glass.|
|This is Mission Control. It was not being used though.|
|Another shot of Mission Control. They had TV screens that showed an active Mission Control center in the same building.|
|Cows along tour. Not sure why they are there. No comment was made about them.|
|Trees serve as a memorial to those astronauts that have been lost in space.|
|Saturn V rocket. It was never used.|
|Rocket on tour|
|Building that has mission control.|