Studio 6 Houston - Spring
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Today we had an off day. We were supposed to work 7-10:30, but another couple who didn't have a job relieved us for our shift. It was really nice of them, but we also messed up. FMCA is serving breakfast each morning. We had decided last night that we would get up early and go into breakfast, so I set the alarm for 5:30. The alarm went off and we stayed in bed for a while. About 6 I got up and asked Bob if he wanted to ...
Our main reason for being in Houston was to visit the Johnson Space Center (JSC). We arrived at 10am and got a spot right by the entrance, because there were not many people there. We immediately jumped on the site tour. First stop was the actual ground control center used for the 60s to 80s rocket launches. The current ground control center is one floor down. Second stop on the tour was a building where they are developing vehicles and ...
... huge!). This is the rocket that we'd see at lift off...remember? It would lift off and after a few minutes the bottom 5 engines would drop away, then a little after that the booster engines would fall back to Earth. The sole purpose of this 3-stage rocket was to propel the small capsule with the astronauts out of Earth's gravity and into outer space. The thing was ginormous. When we returned to the Space Center we quickly found the tour to the Neutral Buoyancy Lab. ...
... went dark (see photos). When the other Level 9 tour joined us (there are two such tours a day, leaving an hour apart; they apparently take slightly different routes and intersect at Mission Control), their guide told his group that once in awhile groups see one of the astronauts at work. I guess we were fortunate here, as we were in the buoyancy lab. We stayed in Mission Control long enough to watch the station move from the northwest ...
... but now it's in Houston and domiciled just a couple of miles down the road. Let's go!
Torchy's Tacos are oh so good and served in a multitude of original forms. For those not in the know, they're soft tacos on either a fresh flour or corn tortilla and will have begging for more. Not only that, but at a price that I fail understand the economics of it all.
See the photo of the menu board but it includes the following ...