Tuesday, March 13, 2007

NASA Space Museum, Houston

The Space Museum felt more like a piece of history today.  It put events that took place in my lifetime in a historical perspective.  They are no longer events taking place just beyound the horizon, part of today's experience.  Now they are a part of man's grand story.  The HP calculator from the seventies looks so quaint now but it was cutting edge when I used to stand in front of it, drolling, when the last men had just come home from the moon.  The laptop that did calculations for missions from within the space vehicles  couldn't be given to a ten year old today,  But the Saturn V rocket still impressed...  It lays on its side on transport wheels.  Longer than a football field at three hundred and fifty feet, it looks hugh.  Even on its side , it is taller than a two story house.  On the top is a very small space for the three men who rode it to the moon.  It says so much about the courage of those men and about human spirit. 

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