I went to Space Center Houston today. It's been ages since I've been there. I clearly remember the very first time that I went. My mom and I used to pass through Houston on the way to the family farm in East Texas. We would spend the night with my aunt in west Houston and usually would go out to eat dinner, but never really did anything around Houston. In the summer of 1995 we decided to stay an extra day and go to Space Center Houston.
I get my love of all things space (including sci fi/fantasy) from my mother. I remember when she would wake me up in the middle of the night to watch meteor showers. I remember learning the constellations from her (too bad I don't remember them that well). I remember how she couldn't watch the TV after the Challenger accident.
We headed out to the Space Center. I remember feeling like I couldn't wake up completely and my head was in a fog. I didn't recognize the symptoms then, but I do now. Sinus infection. But it didn't matter how I felt because this was the SPACE CENTER, JSC, NASA. Nothing was going to stand in my way. We spent the whole day there and did just about everything possible. The very next day I was so tired I didn't do any more driving and within a few days I was so sick we had to come home early so I could go to the doctor. But I always remember how driven I was to see everything I could at the Space Center. I love everything related to manned space flight and NASA, especially the early era of Mercury, Gemini and Apollo. I get teary eyed when I watch launches and documentaries. I used to dream of being an astronaut and I think it would be the ultimate in cool if I could work there. I am in awe of people that work there. I admit it. I am a NASA groupie.
A few thoughts about today. When we went in 1995 (and I have been back since then, but the first time is blazed in my memory) mission control was still operating out of the original small room. Now mission control has moved to a shiny new room and they have brought back the consoles from the '60s. That was pretty neat.
I also have a picture of me standing in front of the Saturn V from that first visit. (I think it is at work. I'll scan and show you later). The Saturn V is now enclosed in a building and it is a little strange to realize that no one will ever be able to take a picture like the one I have again. That is one of my all time favorite photos. I haven't been to Rocket Park since the building was finished and I think it is well done.
And finally the DEER. There were deer everywhere! I'm not sure what that was about, but I know I saw over 30 grazing around the JSC campus. They were so pretty and so completely random. Random seems to be a theme around here lately.
And to finish this post off the opening sequence from the mini-series From the Earth to the Moon. I just looked on Amazon for the price of the DVDs and they aren't selling it new anymore. I wanted a shiny new set of DVDs of this series. I guess I waited too long.