Nov 12

Daily Pics: Houston Space Center

by in America, US Road Trip 2014

Unlike many, I’ve never wanted to be an astronaut. I like gravity and oxygen too much. The predictable way water runs downhill, the abundance of air and not having to worry about freezing to death or being radiated by the sun to a crisp every time I step outside just suits me fine. Nevertheless spending the day at the NASA command center was pretty cool. It really is amazing what brainpower, ingenuity, physics and some metal and duct tape can do. The thing that stuck me most – the tour guide said the average age of the men (of course they were all men in those days) running the command center that put Armstrong and Aldrin on the moon was 26 years of age. I guess Jesus was 33 when he was crucified, leaving behind a major religion. Mark was 23 when he became the Facebook billionaire. Feeling a little small and insignificant. I guess that’s what happens when you see the earth from space. 

  

Baby napping on diner bench

Starting the day with a nap…

 

Breakfast at IHOP

…and a hearty breakfast…

 

Baby with grandparents at IHOP

…at IHOP

 

Space craft

Then off to the Houston Space Center

 

Baby and alien friends

Baby Boy O quickly made friends who were out of this world!

 

No stroller sign

Houston, we have a problem

 

All bundled up on the tram tour

Luckily it is easy to bundle him up all nice and snug

 

Mission control

Mission control

 

Baby and dad with astronauts

Standing in good company

 

Liquid nitrogen

Some seriously cool stuff

 

International Space Station mock up

Real life mock up of the International Space Station

 

Orion space craft

Headed for Mars

 

Rocket connector

Built by rocket scientists

 

Baby and dad staring at each other

Star struck

 

Astronaut toilet

How do astronauts go to the bathroom? With difficulty…

 

Moon rock sign

The real stuff

 

Moon rock

It rocks! 

 

Space shuttle endeavor

Endeavor, the space shuttle, not boat

 

Space suit

All suited up

 

Baby in rocket command seat

In the rocket command seat

 

Baby bathed by mah mah

Getting him clean for his next mission…off to sleep

 

Yesterday’s post: Hello Texas

Tomorrow post: 

 

 

 

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