Monday – back at Kennedy Space Center

We started our day off Monday with the bus tour of the Space Center.  It was so interesting seeing things that weren’t included in the immediate Visitor Center Area.  We especially loved seeing the new tower they are building to shoot the new Orion into orbit, to take man out of low earth orbit, back to the moon and on to Mars.  Wow.

The bus dropped us off at the Apollo/Saturn Center, which was absolutely fascinating, since there was much there about the Mercury 7 astronauts that I grew up idolizing. It was in the building where mission control was actually located for the Apollo launches, and the control center is still there. So cool.

Final Sunday Pix

I was so excited to see, when we got to the Astronauts Hall of Fame, to see Rhea Seddon had been inducted in years gone by. She is from Murfreesboro, and went to high school where I did – just a few years earlier. So cool.

One last picture before we headed home for the day.

In the Shuttle Exhibit

In the shuttle exhibit, there was a mini-international space station made out of these clear tubes for the kids to climb through, suspended a floor above the ground floor. Jeff went down to get a picture of Clara and Charlie climbing through – that’s them in the front part of the tube. They said it was definitely a little creepy – but not so much they didn’t want to do it more than once 🙂

Almost without exception, the movies they showed about all the different aspects of space travel were so, so interesting. A lot of times I think scientific movies are sort of a snooze fest, but Clara could not tear herself away from the one about the Hubble Telescope about the launching, the immediate problems that had to be fixed, and the return trips by the shuttle to repair it.   I couldn’t quit watching, either, once I started.

Sunday at Kennedy Space Center

I think all six of us agreed that our favorite part of the day Sunday was time spent in the Atlantis exhibit.  It was so well done, and surprisingly emotional when they opened the curtains and you could walk out and see the Atlantis for the first time.  I was not the only one tearing up, for sure.  It was just a magnificent sight.  I know I posted a picture earlier, but it was just so majestic that I couldn’t quit taking pictures.

Remembering when we all wanted to grow up to be astronauts 🙂

Kennedy Space Center – Day One, Part One

What a great day we had Sunday, when Jeff, Lindee, Mallory, Charlie, Clara and I headed to the Kennedy Space Center.  We started out at the Rocket Garden, mostly because it was outside, and rain was predicted later in the day.  The kids LOVED checking out the Apollo space capsule – here are Mallory and Charlie giving it a try.  I didn’t think my knees would bend enough for me to get down in there, but it was fun watching them!

The big draw of the first day was spending time in the Atlantis display. They did an amazing job of presenting it, with a couple of movies that told about the space shuttles came to be created. And then when they finished, the recording said, “Welcome home, Atlantis,” – which is I think what the controller said to every space shuttle that touched down – and the screen went clear, and there was the Atlantis behind it. I’m not going to lie, it was pretty emotional for me, and even Charlie and the girls said it made them get a lump in their throat.

Saturday – off on vacation

Yesterday morning we started off at Mason’s district pinewood derby competition.  Here he is showing off his car before his first heat.  I only got to watch him race one time before we had to leave, but Addie said he ended up getting 18th place out of 90, so we were proud.

Then Jeff and I picked up Charlie and we hit the road for Florida. I cannot for the life of me figure out why this picture is upside down, but got a photo of Jeff and Charlie when we stopped at the Florida Welcome Center for orange and grapefruit juice – of course!

Grandson Thursday :-)

This morning Jeff and I headed to Larne Elementary School, where we met up with Lee to see Mason, and the rest of the 2nd graders, give their Title I presentations.  They were on different animals.  The kids drew a habitat out of a jar, and then could choose any animal they liked to work up a presentation on.  Mason drew Grasslands, and he chose a prairie dog.  Every child created a movie on their tablet, and they just did such a good job.  I loved Mason’s title page, or whatever they call it now 🙂

Then this evening we headed to Rock Hill to take in Adam’s soccer game. He is really doing a good job – that’s him on the right in this picture. We are proud!

Mal’s Final Lacrosse Match

Yesterday Jeff and I headed to Charlotte to take in Mal’s final game of the season – and she says of her career.  She had enjoyed playing, but it has really cut into her golfing time, so it wasn’t worth the trade off to her.  It was at Charlotte Latin, which is near Dennis’s house, so he came over and joined us – both for the match and for lunch afterwards.  All of her other games have been on chilly evenings, so it was nice sitting out in the beautiful sunshine today.  I have a terrible time getting action shots during her matches.  She’s #15 in this picture.