If you know nothing else about Houston, it’s likely you know that it’s home to Mission Control for NASA’s space program and the training center for astronauts. Located here in 1961, NASA continues to be an important part of what goes on in Houston.
In 1992, Space Center Houston opened and has become one of the leading attractions in the city hosting more than 1,000,000 visitors each year. I had not visited in some time and thought it time to go. What an absolutely fascinating place it is.
Exhibited there are spacecraft flown on three missions, Mercury 9, Gemini 5 and Apollo 17. As I looked at the early capsules, I had a whole new appreciation for the early astronauts who were confined to very small spaces. Having a tendency toward claustrophobia, I couldn’t begin to imagine myself shut in for more than a few minutes!
Nor could I imagine floating in space tethered to a capsule. I couldn’t help but wonder what would happen in case of separation.
Anyone around in 1969 remembers man’s first landing on the moon and Neil Armstrong’s defining the experience as one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. It gives me chills just to remember the moment.
Displayed are the Lunar Rover and many artifacts associated with moon landings.
Especially fascinating are the mockups for the space station.
The fact that it is home for months means it has to have conveniences that would allow the travelers to maintain a life as normal as possible.
Floating weightless is yet another concept I can’t imagine.
Mars is the next big challenge for NASA, and there is a fascinating virtual reality presentation that allows visitors to experience the landscape. It is expected to take around seven months to get there and it’s not a turn around since return depends on the astronomical position of the earth and Mars. I was fascinated to read that some experimental gardening will take place while astronauts wait for the return trip. Can you imagine eating strawberries cultivated on Mars?
This is a bird’s eye view of what is on view at Space Center Houston which is well worth a look should you visit here. As time passes I plan to show you some other venues that make Houston a most interesting place.
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