We went to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville!! WOOT!!
Andrew has been on a space kick for the past month. He builds rockets with his legos. "Flies" around the living room all the way to the moon (aka his room). I can't tell you how many space shuttle launches we have YouTube'd... He LOVES it all!
Can you feel the excitement in his face?!
We didn't tell either of them where we were going - except that it was super cool. Andrew saw a billboard for the Space Center before we turned at the junction and still wasn't completely sure. But he KNEW as soon as he saw a rocket off in the distance. THAT THING IS HUGE! Gotta love the Saturn V!!
As we turned into the parking lot he saw something else that caught his eye...
WHOA. Space shuttle.
Alex was pretty excited, too! He kept saying "space! space!"
Funny story before I start sharing pictures: When we got into the line to get our tickets (which thanks to our McWane Center membership - this was FREE!!), Andrew started freaking out. I asked him what was wrong he says, "I don't want to go to the moon!!" I'm sorry, but I busted out laughing at that. I had to explain to him that they don't send people to the moon anymore (boo, lame...) and that we were just going to see what those amazing people did to get there. He calmed down a bit, but was a bit worried again when we headed outside to see the rockets. Too funny.
Looking at the different rockets - they are so cute.
I had to get a picture of this! A wagon with rockets. Classic boy life, right? This is a part of the Wernher von Braun exhibit they have on display right now.
This is the V-2 Rocket Engine he developed in the 1930s. Awesome.
In the next section of this building, Jason and Andrew had a blast with the MathAlive! exhibit. Basically, it is an exhibit that shows how math is involved in pretty much everything from sports to music to things used with the International Space Station (like the robotic arms). This is Andrew and Jason trying out a snowboard race.
Jason and Andrew in the shuttle. Alex trying out all the touch screens.
Andrew checking out a "super cool rocket" (his words - so cute. he like screamed it, too.)
He loved to watch these rovers. Some of them moved their cameras around and he would laugh and try to hid when one of the cameras "found him." Too funny.
Saturn I Rocket
A portion of the GIGANTIC Saturn V rocket - amazing
Saturn V engines - I am such a nerd. I think that these are just so amazing. Beautiful engineering. Seriously.
Discovery - so proud of Andrew for remembering what I taught him about the fuel tank and rocket boosters. He knew what was what and what came off first. I am so sad I will never get to see a shuttle launch...that was on my bucket list, NASA...
This is where Andrew got nervous again about going to the moon. Alex, Daddy and I all got into the space capsule. But Andrew wanted no part of that.
Look at that! Amazing!
Alex thought this moon car was pretty cool!
And Andrew loved the lunar lander!
This guy though...they weren't too excited about. Thought, after I watched that scene in E.T. when they had guys wearing space suits go into the house...yeah, that was a little scary. But, the boys haven't seen that movie yet. Maybe it is because you can't see his face?? Still it is pretty cool.
I had to include this! After the astronauts get back to earth, they are quarantined immediately until everything has been checkout. This is a game they had set up in the quarantine unit. HA! Awesome.
It was such a fun day!! We all had a blast. The boys, of course, got a souvenir.
They got their very own space shuttles!
So, do you think we will ever go back to the moon? Think we will send someone to Mars?
I think so...one day...