Day 8: Space Center, Houston

My last day was spent at the Space Center, Houston.  I had to fly home via somewhere so chose Houston.  As I was there, I thought that I would try and fit in the Space Center.  It’s a great trip and worth a day out.  Here are the highlights.

You start off with a great view of a lunar lander.  Our tour guide actually worked on this.

Space Center Houston

You can go inside the cockpit of a shuttle.

Space Center Houston

The engine nozzles are so cool.

Space Center Houston

And even Star Trek makes an entrance.

Space Center Houston

They had loads of space suits which were really awesome to see.  This one is for a space shuttle pilot.

Space Center Houston

There was a Ripley’s Believe it or Not exhibition and this is a picture made from computer keyboard keys.

Space Center Houston

I went on the level nine tour which takes you behind the scenes.  This is the negative buoyancy pool where space suited astronauts would practice building the international space station.

Space Center Houston

Just to prove I was there.

Space Center Houston

We went round the interior mock up for the space station where astronauts could practice the interior work.

Space Center Houston

The new missions will be flown in something like an old Apollo module.  It is much larger and called the Orion.  The first test flight took place last year.

Space Center Houston

The plan is for a mission to Mars and these are some of the robotic devices that will help there.

Space Center Houston

We were then taken to the Space Shuttle simulation module.  We came up through the shuttle bay and I have never seen so much wiring!  It was so they could practice the wiring and spot problems.  It came in handy many times on missions.

Space Center Houston

Space Center Houston

Space Center Houston
We then had a tour of the new mission control which is where the space station is run from.  You can see where it is on the screen, currently over western Australia.

Space Center Houston

Space Center Houston

Space Center Houston

We then went into the old Mission Control where I sat in the Flight Director’s seat and used the red telephone – the one where they took the infamous phone call, “Houston, we have a problem”!

Space Center Houston

Our last stop was the Saturn Five Rocket.  This one was built but never used as the space programme was cancelled.

Space Center Houston

Space Center Houston

A final goodbye was to the Space Shuttle sat outside the museum.

Space Center Houston

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