Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Kennedy Space Center today, very nice day as far as weather is concerned. Sunny warm a little humid-- perfect if you ask me. We saw the Saturn program rockets and the Shuttle programs as well as what it took to get men on the moon--In fact there has only been 12 people to walk on the moon, quite an exclusive club. Now growing up with the space program the "astronauts", as well as the start of the Shuttle Program, these guys actually walked on the moon, Natalie and I found it very interesting and amazing... the kids so-so. However it got me thinking-- here something so technologically daunting and extraordinary as putting men on the moon was treated as more common place thing by those growing up with it. Our kids are no different than any other kids who see this and really have no idea of what it took. Maybe they see it toda, like "Oh just another space shuttle going up."
Rub a dub tub three men in a tub, there are three guys who fit into this Saturn space capsule. Saturn 5 capsule, again this thing is coming from outer space thru the atmosphere and if it came in too shallow it would bounce off the atmosphere and keep on going thru space. Too deep of an angle, it goes too fast and burns up over the atmosphere. All I can say is WOW.

Saturn Space rocket, these guys were sitting on a bomb basically. One of the bus drivers on the tour who took us around was a funny guy, he kept on addressing us "ladies and gentlemen, gentlemen and ladies, boys and girls and girls and boys".. it was a bit much. But the funniest thing was he kept on saying the "alligators clam fences" we kept on saying, "what?, is that a new clam species???, but what he was really trying to say was that "alligators CLIMB fences" when he was saying CLAM....a very thick accent.

These are three actual astronauts, leaving their space ships. One of the more interesting talks we had with one of the hosts was at the international space center area. He never specifically said that Obama is at fault-- because as a NASA government employee he was to refrain from opinion but instead told us to address our Senators and Congressmen about the latest budget proposal concerning the Space program budget. Basically he told us when the last shuttle goes up then the current space program will be disbanded, meaning around 7000-10000 jobs will be lost and any of the technical advancements that NASA comes up or the brain power will be lost as well, then the domino effect that happens due to the loss of the core jobs will kick up the loss to possibley 20-35k eventually--so if you have plans to go to Kennedy Space Center you might want to get there soon. Go Obama, I guess NASA will get a proper "change", just as he promised....
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Grandma Scott said...

Sounds like a great time except the throwing up part. But what fun to spend time together as a family---memories you will never forget. I am glad you had such a good time. Love you all.