November has been a busy month, and a big hilight was having the Cam & Coralie Koch family visit us. (By way of explanation, Coralie is my younger sister, Cam is her husband, and they have four children Ellie, Kayli, Kiersten, and Ethan who are good friends and cousins). They spent a week at our place in early November 2014, and we were able to spend two Saturdays together on outings in the Houston area .
On the first Saturday together, we spent the day at Space Center Houston, the tourist part of the Johnson Space Center. I have a lot of pictures that I will post (likely spread over 5 blog posts). Rather than a lot of words of explanation, I am going to attempt to use the Gallery format, and embed a lot of the stories into the “Description” field of each picture. OK (says Ben about a week later – that is not going to work – so it is going to look like a traditional post with inserted pictures). On to Space Center Houston.
Upon arriving at Space Center Houston, the first thing that you see is this large, real Boeing 747 carrying a real Space Shuttle. The technical NASA term for the aircraft is the SCA – Shuttle Carrier Aircraft. It (and a sibling) were used to take the Space Shuttles from wherever they landed (typically at an Air Force base in California, although I could be mistaken) back to Florida for the next mission.
And a bit later (on the tram tour which you will hear more about in future posts) we had this view of the Shuttle and the SCA.
The next picture taken in the parking lot was this great picture of Heidi. It was pretty cold that day, so she is sort of bundled up and is possibly shivering.
The rest of this first SCH post is just going to be some of the random people pictures (random pictures of people you know rather than pictures of random people – although upon review, there are random people in the background of some of the photos). Most of these were taken waiting in line for a specific theater showing of current happenings in space.
Here is Heidi and Kiersten, good friends.
Next up are some pictures of Lori, Danaya, and Daelynn.
And last up are some pictures of Brock, those are always a hit (with us anyway), and we always end up with quite a bunch of them. He’ll be growing up quickly, so enjoy them while you can.
And that’s it for this post. The next posts will have a little more detail about the rest of the Space Center Houston visit.