Jun 26, 2011, a set on Flickr.
Monday, June 27, 2011
After the craziness of the morning we had a huge chunk of time to work on our experiment in the afternoon. However, we have everything done so our AMAZING NASA mentor Sarah Ruiz said that she would take us to mission control for a special tour. Sarah is not just an amazing mentor, but an amazing person. She has been so helpful throughout this process and now she continues to volunteer her time for us. I have seen other mentors that are not very connected to their teams and I seriously doubt that they are giving them behind the scenes tours of places at NASA. Anyway, she ends up taking us to the Apollo mission control, and we are not behind the glass like the tours. We are on the floor that all those men stood on as they cheered on the successful Apollo missions and scrambled to keep 13 alive. It was an amazing feeling to sit in those same chairs and look at those old computers. From there we went to see the Shuttle Mission Control. Again, very cool because we were able to see it before the last shuttle mission and a few people trickled in and out. Finally, we saw the International Space Station mission control. This one is operated 24/7 so we had to be behind the glass for this one, but it was fun to see everyone at work. The best part was seeing a sunset in real time from the ISS on their big screen. It was so fast, but so powerful.
We then had an amazing opportunity to see the STS-134 debrief ceremony at the JSC visitor center. It was so cool to see the crew of the mission, hear their bios, watch their videos, and view their pictures. It was also really neat because Mark Kelly's wife Gabrielle Giffords was there along with Mark's brother. It was a funny and awe inspiring tale from the space station. They took a question and answer session at the end and my friend Beth told me to ask Kelly to come up to Flagstaff to talk to our students. So I did. I raised my hand, told him where we were from and what we were doing. I asked if he would come talk to our students (maybe he could help inspire our next generation of astronauts), and he said to email him. Hmmmm. Getting an astronauts email is like... finding a needle in a haystack. I am going to try to contact him in some way to see where it leads, because you never know if you don't try. Stay tuned for tomorrow's adventure!
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Thursday, June 23, 2011
I just arrived in Houston and the first thing I see when I get off the plane is a model space shuttle! I'm so excited for our team to get together tonight and we start first thing tomorrow with all the physiological info. I also can't wait to meet our NASA mentor. If it wasn't for her we couldn't have pulled this off. More tomorrow! If you have questions post them and I will try to get an answer for you!