I had the pleasure of going to the Smithsonian’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center (link for more info: http://airandspace.si.edu/museum/udvarhazy/) in Chantilly, Virginia, this past week. One of my friends had been to see the space shuttle, and I thought it was a really neat idea for a day trip. It ended up being really incredible!! The hangar was huge! There were planes on the floor and hanging at various levels from the ceiling. Wow. Several times I found myself speechless.
Above everything else, the space shuttle Discovery was my favorite exhibit. Standing in front of the nose, I found myself dwarfed by its massive size. My mind was blown contemplating all the re-entries into the atmosphere the shuttle made, and how all those tiles survived the extreme heat.
I’ve always been a space geek. Yes, I was one of those who wished I could have gone to space camp and had an experience similar to what occurred in the movie of the same name (see this link if you need a reminder http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091993/). I’ve always been fascinated by astronomy. The first James Michener book I read was Space, and that was likely in tenth grade.