The Space Centre Houston is situated on the south east of Houston and around 30 minutes drive from the hotel. It is NASA's centre for human space flight activities. It isn't a launch site, rather it's where the space flights are coordinated from. On arrival at the Space Centre, you can't help to be wowed by the site of Space Shuttle Independence (actually it's a Shuttle mock-up) sitting atop NASA's Boeing B747-SCA (stands for Shuttle Carrying Aircraft) N905NA. This actual aircraft was used for the Space Shuttle drop tests in the late 1970s in which the Shuttle was literally dropped from the aircraft and glided back to a runway.
|Note the large fins that stabilise the aircraft|
|Note the label on the attachment point: "Attach Orbiter Here - Note: Black Side Down"...Who says Engineers aren't funny?|
|A full-scale replica Lunar Module|
|This is a Space Shuttle Main Engine (SSME) later in this blog, compare the size of this to the mighty Saturn V's F-1 Engine|
|This is a replica of one of the wheels of the Lunar Rovers which were used on Apollo Missions 15, 16 and 17|
|A full-scale model of the Mars Rover|
|The cockpit of the Space Shuttle|
|Schuyler in-between photographs|
|This is how these Blogs are made ;)|
|Oh, I forgot to mention, it was freezing cold...relatively speaking of course, Don|
|It looks like it needs some TLC|
They also have the mighty F-1 Engine, five of which were used to raise the mighty Saturn V off the ground. The 5m tall, 3.6m diameter F-1 Engine is the largest, highest thrust single-chamber, single-nozzle liquid fuel engine flown and together with its four other siblings delivered 7.5 million pounds of thrust and burnt 15 tonnes of Kerosene and Oxygen per second.
|As I said earlier, compare this with the size of the Space Shuttle Main Engine|
I tried using the GoPro Camera for the next few shots.
With this item now officially ticked off, the only thing left to do was to work out what to purchase in the Gift Shop.
|So many choices...|
|Before the game|
|Kyle trying to capture a shot of one of the Hawks players|
|The Houston Rockets|
|The stadium after the game from the carpark|
UPDATE: I forgot to mention that the Space Centre Houston has Deer wandering around its grounds. It is estimated that there is a population of between 150-174 Deer on the grounds. They probably thrive here because of the protection offered by an 8' fence surrounding the complex.
I have also included a Saturn V/F1 Engine graphic below: