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... for the Orion programme, which will see people land on Mars in the mid 2030s. It was a really interesting building and cool to see actual workers doing their stuff. Third stop on the tour was a look at a rocket that was built for the Apollo programme but never got launched due to funding being pulled. It was interesting to hear the retired rocket scientist talk about the three stages of the rocket and what powers each of them. The rocket is ...
Another drive today, this time to Seabrook which is 20 minutes south of Houston. It was a 4 hour drive and we were surprised by the amount of greenery and trees around during the drive. We expected more sparse areas, desert and brown. The drive took us right through Houston, and it got a little hairy driving through it because of some crazy drivers. Fortunately ...
Very foggy weather at the Vancouver International Airport did not delay my early morning flight to Houston. After climbing through clouds for several minutes, the plane rose above the fog and I spied a little piece of the Lower Mainland peeking through. (Clicking on a photo will bring an enlarged version up, particularly useful for this one!)
... was a *******ization of "Acadian"--there's a picture of a sign which shows the transmogrification through various French and English terms.
The Acadians, it turns out, were colonists from France in the early 17th century who settled in what is now Nova Scotia. In 1755, however, after many years of tension between the French and the British, a British military leader decided to oust all the Acadians summarily. He divided ...
... the real-life Saturn V rocket left over from the Apollo space program - it was enormous! It took over a minute to walk the 110m length of the entire rocket, which is housed on it's side in a large building set up for tourists to walk around at their own pace. With heaps of displays and information regarding the 17 different Apollo Missions we were able to get some idea of the USA's space achievements. On the Saturn V, the five engines on the end of the ...
Other places to stay in Houston
South Central Houston, Houston | Condofrom $39
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Southwest Houston, Houston | 2 star condofrom $167
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Central Houston, Houston | Condofrom $91