Extended Stay America - Houston - Greenspoint
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... for breakfast and he said not really. Actually when we thought about it, since our friends were working for us, we shouldn't have even thought about going in for breakfast. So we stayed here and I went back to bed for a while.
Yesterday everything started officially, the vendors opened and the show coaches were made available for viewing. It took us about 20 minutes to walk slowly through the vendors and about ...
... 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 ...
... of you who don't know this is the astronauts' pool. Since a tour had left right before we got there we had an hour to wait so we walked around the Astronaut Gallery which is the world's most comprehensive collection of spacesuits. Here again the changes in technology, fabrics, communications, etc was evident. It is hard to imagine being able to DO anything in those suits ...which leads us back to the Neutral Buoyancy Lab. This tour was not on one of the little open ...
... to the ocean off the southeastern tip, as well as to see the change in shift begin.
Since Mission Control must be manned 24/7, there are three shifts--"orbits"--a day. When the changeover happens, the relief comes on and sits for an hour with the person he or she is replacing to get brought up to speed on what has been going on over the last eight hours. There are a good many stations in the control room--each with a ...
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