The Final Frontier: “To boldly go….”

May 10, 2016

Days 23-24?  Think Space Center this YEAR!

Missiles reaching toward the sky.

Missiles reaching toward the sky.

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!

I am too old to go to Space Camp -- but I want to....

I am too old to go to Space Camp — but I want to….

 

 

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.

Tom standing tall!

Tom standing tall!

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.

 

 

First Footprint on the Moon

First Footprint on the Moon

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?

Skylab. I have seen scenes like this in many movies.

Skylab. I have seen scenes like this in many movies.

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.

Poop bags, food, wet wipes, and more for the astronauts.

Poop bags, food, wet wipes, and more for the astronauts.

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.

Look at the children below to determine how HUGE this rock was!

Look at the children below shuttle  to determine how HUGE this rocket was!

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.

They even included females in all of their histories!!!!

They even included females in all of their histories!!!!

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?

Elvis, eat your heart out!

Elvis, eat your heart out!

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!

 

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