It’s been just over 10 years since we toured the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. While we enjoyed that tour, today’s tour of the Johnson Space Center is exceptionally well done. We arrived at 10 a.m. just as they opened. We immediately hopped onto the tram tour which had three stops……mission control, the mock up training center for shuttle astronauts and finally the rocket displays. The mock training center for the shuttle is mind boggling large and includes not only a mock shuttle, but also lunar lander and the Canadarm. The equipment is massive and it’s little wonder it takes a decade to train the crew to pilot one. Seen here in the photo right is Canada’s contribution to the ISS(International Space Station) the Canadarm, as well as a lunar module.(not Canadian)
Prior to entry to the Space Center we had to go through a light security check, however everyone boarding the tram, had to be photographed….I suspect the number one reason is for security and the second, they insert your photo into NASA scenes…and when you leave the tour, pass the photo gallery where you are encouraged to buy your photos.
We toured a huge hanger housing a Saturn rocket, with it’s sections separated out for viewing. There is no way my little camera could capture the size of one. The photo on the right shows two of the 5 sections of the rocket.
Despite the cancellation of the shuttle program, NASA is busy moving forward with the next phase of space exploration. The International Space station will be key and NASA continues to be part of development of the ISS. NASA can be proud of it’s center and the ability to engage visitors. I think the highlight for me was being able to touch a piece of moonrock and view several other pieces. In addition, on display was a landing module used by the Apollo Program and viewing a mock up of the cockpit of the space shuttle. For anyone planning to go, plan to be there for an entire day to see and do most things ( you’ll not have time in one day for it all.)
When Brian and I were planning this two month trip one of the things we hoped we could do, would be to stop in at one of triple Ds featured Diners,Drive Ins and Dives restaurants. Tonight we were able to cross that one off the list as we ate at T Bone Tom’s which is just outside of Houston and close to where we are staying. To view the clip from Diners, Drive Ins and Dives, check out www.tbonetoms.com
We ordered the three meat plate. This is a single entree but were sure it would be enough for the two of us. WRONG!!!!! The two of us could not finish it. The plate consisted of a slab of BBQ ribs( sauce on the side), a huge amount of homemade polish sausage and about 8 pieces of BBQ brisket, in addition to two sides, a slice of bread, two slices of raw onion and a handful of pickles. If you view the clip on their website you will see the sausage being made and the brisket coming out of the smoker. It’s absolutely delicious and just to be little piggies we brought back to the hotel…bread pudding….likely enough to feed four people. I think I better plan on wearing elastic waisted bottoms the next few days.
We had thought about staying in the Houston area but after checking out the visitor website for Galveston, we’re off to Galveston. Their visitor website is the best I’ve seen and I expect we’ll be two if not 3 nights there….especially as the hotel prices are ridiculously low.