Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Space Center Houston is Out of This World

    One of the cool things about moving to a new city is that we’ve never been to most of the major tourist attractions. When you are talking about Houston, Texas, there are a LOT of things to see and explore. We have shared some of the fun places that we’ve visited before like our trip to the Houston Zoo, the theater district, and the Renaissance Festival. It’s an exciting place to live and I look forward to showing the city as we bark about the Bayou City.
Apollo astronauts
   We recently went to Space Center Houston and it was incredible. As a child in the 60’s, I was fascinated at the thought of going into space. A lot of it probably had to do with watching the Jetson’s cartoon. Like most everyone in the world with a television, my family watched in awe on July 20, 1969, when Neil Armstrong took the first steps on the moon. Our incredible city was front and center when he reported from the moon’s surface on that fateful day, “Houston, the Eagle has landed.”

Lunar capsule at Space Center Houston
   Space Center Houston is a leading science and space exploration learning center. It’s one of Houston’s top tourist stops and the #1 attraction for international visitors. There are over 400 space artifacts housed in the center and a lot of hands-on exhibits for children and adults. Our granddaughters enjoyed themselves as much as we did so it’s definitely a great family outing.

Space shuttle replica
   The Space Shuttle Independence was formerly known as the Explorer, is a full-scale replica of the Space Shuttle. We have actually seen a shuttle being flown on top of a 747 when we lived near Barksdale Air Force Base where it landed before traveling onto Florida. It was cool to be able to walk through this exhibit.
Apollo 17 Command Module
   Apollo 17 was the last lunar landing mission of Project Apollo and was launched on December 7, 1972. The crew spent three days on the moon collecting 112 kgs of lunar samples. They spent 22 hours outside of the lunar module and drove the Lunar Roving Vehicle a little over fifteen miles! They landed in the Pacific Ocean on December 19, nearly 13 days after launching.
Spaceman replica
   After seeing the cramped living quarters, I am even more impressed with anyone that would choose to go into space. They have an area dedicated to all of the astronauts and their spacesuits. 
   If you are ever in the Houston area, I urge you to take some time to visit Space Center Houston. It is fascinating, fun and very affordable. Tickets are under $30 and worth every penny. For more information, you can visit their website.
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  1. I would love to see that too! it still has something from magic and it is hard to believe that there was really a man on the moon... but egg-citing!!!

  2. That would be interesting. Mom doesn't see why anyone would want to go into space, but so many people really do. It's a good thing I guess.

  3. What a fun and very interesting trip!

  4. Thank you for sharing your visit. I love all the up close photos. I still remember exactly where I was the first day men landing on the moon.
    Hugs Cecilia

  5. What a cool place. I know my daughter who lives in Kingwood love visiting the space center. I may need to have them take me for a looky-loo.

  6. I was at the Houston SpaceCenter over 20 years ago, and it was cool back then...but it looks like more fun now!

  7. My ghostwriter says she remembers watching the moon landings and other NASA projects on TV, and always dreamed about becoming an astronaut. Those were some exciting times!

  8. That looks like a wonderful place ! Purrs

  9. Mu husband and I visited NASA on a trip to Houston back when we lived in Austin about 10 years ago...but the visit etched in my mind was when I lived in Houston as a little girl and we went their on our 3rd grade field trip! I still remember how impressive it was(and still is).

  10. The Space Center must be so much fun to see.

  11. I don't remember it specifically, I was 8 years old, but I know my family had to have been glued to the TV. This place sounds so cool, I would love to visit it.
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

  12. Mom says that would be a fascinating place to visit
    Mabel & Hilda

  13. Wow, thank you for sharing these wonderful photos. We would love to take a trip there one day. So much incredible pieces of history to see. Thank you again. Have a fantastic rest of your weekend.
    World of Animals

  14. Oh what funs!!!! Ma kinda remembers it too! On one of the flights, her whole class got to watch almost all day! It was fun, just like the museum looks like funs! I thinks you boyz should have been allowed to go too...just sayin'
    Ruby ♥

  15. That really would be a fun place to see!!!


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