May 10, 2016
Days 23-24? Think Space Center this YEAR!
This year, don’t take your children to Disney World, take them to the Space Center in Huntsville. And if you have a little money, they can go to Space Camp! WOW!
What a day! What a place! Tom and I have visited several missile sites and space centers across the United States. I can’t recall all of their names but there was a nuclear research facility in Idaho that built rocket engines for planes. We visited White Sands, New Mexico, and another facility in the desert in Utah. Of course we recently toured the only surviving Minute Man Missile site in Arizona. We also have been to the Space Center in Florida and a missile site in Nebraska. Nothing compares with the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
We spent one day touring the exhibits and that was not enough to discover everything. We did not watch a movie in their Space Dome IMAX theatre. Neither did we tour the Marshall Space Flight Center.
There are 27 missiles and rockets in Rocket Park. The largest one is 363 feet tall and you can see it from Interstate 565. It is so tall and mesmerizing that it acts like a magnet bringing people to the museum. There are at least 1500 space exploration artifacts and a history of space exploration from about 1949. I remember Sputnik flying across our front yard every week!!! when I was child.
There is so much! If you want to be an astronaut, you can actually fly a module in space (well, pretend). Wonder how you would live in Skylab, they have it sectioned off for you to observe. I kept wondering where they slept?
Ever wonder if the astronauts had a bathroom, or could brush their teeth, or take a shower? An exhibit of the food they ate was totally unappealing.
Have you ever seen a moon rock or a command center? They have even re-created the landing on the moon featuring a lunar module.
When touring the huge Saturn Exhibit, I understood where the Sci-Fi series “Stargate” got the idea for the centerpiece of its 10 year series. I could see the “Borg” (Star Trek. Next Generation) in all the tubes connected to each other in the engines. There was even a chamber that looked like “stasis chambers” in many Sci-Fri programs.
It was difficult to leave this hopeful place. I understood that these missiles and rockets were created from the dreams of engineers and scientists. I wondered about how many people had been killed by the missiles, and then also wondered about how many people had been saved. I wondered about the satellites and all the billions of dollars that had been spent on the space program. I wondered about all the pets and people who had given their lives in the space program. I wondered about other ways the dollars could have been spent. I also wondered about space exploration and if we will ever reach the nearest star! or shake hands with someone who lives in outer space?
My apologies regarding the photos. I am using a hotspot and it is taking forever to upload the pics. I will add more later when the connection is better. There is so much more!