Home from Houston

30 May

We made it! We got 21 students to Texas and brought 21 back. That in and of itself means the trip was a success. =)

Most of the pics I took are of my students that I won’t post on my blog but here are a few that I can….

this is one of NASA’s rocket scientists (yes, I said rocket scientist) that taught us about rocketry and showed the students how to make their own rockets. Then we went outside and had a little rocket launching contest.

The other teachers getting in on the rocket making activity.

Along with someone from the robotics department, we also had a few peeps come teach us about how the spacesuits work. This is a real working spacesuit desgined for an astronaut’s EVA (Extra Vehicular Activity) also known as a “space walk.”

One of the most asked questions about astronauts is about how they go to the bathroom.  Here is is…

This toilet costs $100,000. The white bars on the sides come up and sit on top of one’s legs to keep them down on the toilet. The toilet uses suction to pull “stuff” in. Then, eventually, the “stuff” gets released into space.

So the next time you feel a random drop of rain….. =)

Then we visited NBL, the Neutral Buoyancy Lab, where astronauts train under water on a a mockup model of the International Space Station to learn what it is like in a micro gravity environment.

This is the world’s largest swimming pool  200 x 60 feet and 40 feet deep. There is so much water pressure that NASA is afraid of ever draining the pool because it is very possible that the walls might collapse.

I loved it but was exhausted when we got home. I slept for 10 hours and didn’t leave my house the day after.

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3 Responses to “Home from Houston”

  1. Cristine May 30, 2011 at 6:13 p05 #

    Wow! Such a great experience! Good job Teach! 😉

  2. Tricia Boganwright May 31, 2011 at 6:13 p05 #

    Amazing! So thankful for God’s provision ALL along the way. Especially getting them all home!!!!!!! That’s spells success. So proud of you!!!

  3. Carole Heinrichs May 31, 2011 at 6:13 p05 #

    What an awesome experience you put together for your school and your kids! You truly shared God’s blessings! I am so proud of what you were able to accomplish with the Lord’s help. You always were one who saw a task and jumped right in to conquer it with perfection!
    Mom

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