Joe, Ma and Pa do NASA

Bienvenido, loyal reader. Please come along as Joe, Bruce and Mary take the NASA tour… in Houston!

After a 45 minute drive from N. Houston we are in S. Houston at the NASA Center.

Joe and I are at the entrance.

We embark on a self-guided tour.

Following is a slide show of NASA’s Shuttle Program:

I didn’t realize that the International Space Station, the destination of most of those shuttle flights, was so big! You can Spot the Station whenever it goes overhead by signing up to this site and NASA will tell you when to look up. Mary has done this for years and waves at them every time. So far, no one has waved back… that we know of.

We make reservations for the tram to the Johnson Space Center and…

Here we go!

We’re approaching the Space Center.

We had a choice of Mission Control Centers, we chose this recently built, as yet un-populated one, just so we could say we were there. This one will handle the Orion Mars Mission. Scheduled lift-off? 2033. Selected astronauts? They’re in the 6th or 7th grade now.This is the historic Saturn V rocket which powered the Apollo Missions.

Following is a slide show of the three stages:

And atop that massive rocket sits the tiny Apollo capsule.

I give you the Apollo missions.

Do you remember where you were when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin first set foot on the Moon? I am embarrassed to say that I do not. But, if I am still plodding this earth in 2033, I will remember what I was doing when Man first sets foot on Mars. For a preview of that, please check out National Geographic’s docu/drama, Mars.

Thanks for visiting, gentle reader. Hasta proximo Domingo!

December 18, 2016 · Bruce · 4 Comments
Posted in: Life in Merida

4 Responses

  1. CLou - December 18, 2016

    I was a waitress in Long Beach, CA. 18 years old. There were no big screen TVs mounted on the walls back then, but we did have the radio on. Thankfully, the restaurant was nearly empty and we all entranced.

  2. Bruce - December 18, 2016

    Thanks so much, Clou, for sharing where you were when Man first walked the moon, very cool.

    And thanks for reading, Cheers!

  3. Don Bell - December 19, 2016

    I had just completed grade 11. That day I was glued to the T.V. Amazed!

  4. Bruce - December 19, 2016

    Hola Don,

    So you were the class of ’70, as well!

    Thanks for sharing your memory of that moment, Cheers!

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