Trip Start Jan 06, 2011
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Today we went in to downtown Houston to check it out. There was a free shuttle from our campground to the Texas Medical Center and then we could catch the metro in to downtown. We didn't really have a destination in mind we just wanted to walk around and check out Houston. We did some walking around in the business district (we didn’t feel like going to any museums today) and we ended up in the Sam Houston Park. The park is run by the Heritage Society and has 9 historic houses that are maintained by the Heritage Society. It was getting cloudy and looking like it was going to rain so we headed over to the visitor's center. While in the visitor's center we watched a 15 minute film about Houston and a worker there told us about the underground tunnels that run all throughout Houston. She told us on the map some good places to hit up and we were able to walk underground throughout the city to avoid the thunderstorms
Tuesday, April 5th
We got up and headed to the Houston Space Center. It was a really cool place with a lot of interactive attractions. We did a pretty cool simulator where I flew the plane and Jared was the gunner. It was pretty tricky to lock on to our target but I stared getting the hang of it. We spent most of our flight upside down though. After that we headed out for the NASA Tram Tour. It was a 90 minute tour that took us to Mission Control (it is the actual room that was used through all of the Apollo missions), Astronaut Training (full of full size models of all the equipment used on the International Space Station), and a warehouse with the Station 5 Rocket. It was a really interesting tour. We didn't get to see any actual astronauts using the training equipment, we think they were all on lunch since it was 12:30pm. It was still really cool to see all the work that goes in to it and the mission control room when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon. After the tram tour we checked out some other things in the space center including the Blast Off show which informed us of what is going on now in space. The International Space Station is up and running. Right now they have astronauts staying up on it for 6 months at most. We were also informed that they are working on developing commercial shuttles to take up people in to space. So we will see how that goes.
After finishing up at the Space Center we headed to San Antonio, TX.