Saturday, August 29, 2015

Houston Space Center

When we left the Lourceys house, we decided to make a couple of stops along the way home and see some sights. The first stop was in Houston at the Houston Space Center. We had such a great time there. It was educational and fun so that's a "win" in our world! 

The first part of the space center was more like a Childrens Museum 
with lots of hands-on science fun to be had. 

Caleb was SO EXCITED that there was an Angry Birds Space section. 
Anything Angry Birds is awesome in Caleb's world :)

After exploring lots of fun in the main building we took a tram ride out to another section where they actually do "space" work! 

This is the actual room where Apollo 13 reported "Houston, we have a problem" 

and then began a tour of a training facility 
where real astronauts train to go to the International SpaceStation.   They have recreated every section and piece of the Space Station so that it is completely realistic for the astronauts. 

and after that, a short walk took us to a gigantic storage facility where a space ship/rocket is stored. The size of it was truly incredible. 

As we left the Space Center that day, we watched the sun set on the Gulf of Mexico. It was one of the things i wanted to see the most. Growing up on the Florida side of the gulf, a sunset at the beach is one of my favorite things in the world. So, to be on the complete opposite side of the gulf and still see the sun set was pretty spectacular. I'm partial to the Florida side, but it was still beautiful to watch it set. 


Elizabeth Bradley said...

Wait. I'm so confused. How does the sun set on the Texas side of the Gulf of Mexico?!? I guess I always assumed it would rise in the gulf on that side.

And that space station adventure is SO FUN. And such cool memories for your kids... especially Cadence! I would love to visit something like that some day. :-)

chrisa4357 said...

I don't know how the sun "set" on the texas water too. Maybe because we had to go over a bridge to get back from houston? I don't really remember . Just that I was excited to see it set that way. and the boys did remember being there when they saw the pictures so I'm glad it hasn't been forgotten for them yet. Hopefully because of pics, that will stay true :)