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... After the tour we looked at the space artefacts and watched a few movies/documentaries. There isn't as much to see and do at the center compared to Kennedy so we left at about 3pm a little disappointed (spoiled perhaps at going to Kennedy first). For dinner we got some Chinese food and called it a night. The Chinese good wasn't that good - Sam had Mongolian Chicken (lots of onion) and I had sweet and sour pork (too sweet, or not enough sour ...
... a weekend so the traffic was not too bad. Seabrook is a really nice seaside town. For dinner we found an independent restaurant called Seabrook Classic Cafe. Sam had crab cakes and I had chicken schnitzel, and we shared a homemade key lime pie for dessert. The food was really yummy and there were lots of locals both eating in and taking out so it was a good ...
... who have died in the line of duty - the three Apollo I and seven Challenger astronauts. Mission Control was very cool and looks nothing like the old Mission Control that I remember with it's long tables. The new Mission Control has been designed specifically for the Orion mission and the old Center will be redone in the same way. We did have a speaker here but what he talked about is a blur, except he did mention that for the first time in years and only for a short ...
... guests walk through in a raised and glassed-in walkway. We visited the space station (did not go inside) and the space shuttle simulator in which, according to Dave, the tour guide, every space shuttle crew trained. We did get to go inside this, and even climbed up into the cockpit where were were encouraged to take a seat and have our pictures taken. Dave claimed that this was an extra special treat, and that he was doing us a great ...
... F (5.5 deg C) - Ouch.
Rachael graciously got us home and settled (and as Sarah said, it felt just like coming home having visited just 2 years previously) and that was almost the end of our first day in Houston. She was then off to work and in all honesty, we all retired to bed and slept for almost the entire day.
Morgy woke up crying a few times complaining that he was tired, but quickly returned to slumber.