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Touring Independence Plaza

In case it isn't crystal clear - Chris and I really love space. Heck, he's building a spaceship and I'm flying one! We are trying to instill Baby Zara with our love for exploration, we joke that she will probably want to be a deep sea diver or something - the opposite of blasting off the Earth. But, while she is young and mold-able, we enjoy taking her to see space things. As of last weekend she has been to two major NASA sites (Kennedy Space Center and Johnson Space Center), and seen all three remaining Saturn V's (although I doubt she will remember these little trips)! Chris received some free tickets to Space Center Houston for "Boeing Week" so we took our little family plus Mimi (Chris's mom) and Granny Kay to see the new Space Shuttle and 747 display! I met the others there after my console shift; flying the ISS to touring the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft all in one day!

Inside the 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft!

Outside of the test article Space Shuttle Independence!

Pano at the top of the stack!

Hello from the mirror ceiling inside the space shuttle. Baby Zara had fun in her carrier!

"Yes, Baby Z, this is what a space shuttle looks like! Far out, huh?!"

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  1. Aww so cute! I love taking baby Josephine to space things as well, not that she'll remember any of it yet, but there's photographic proof. Babywearing is so convenient.

    I've only been to Space Center Houston once. Great to know they're adding and upgrading their displays!

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