Our next stop was a donut shop. Angela's Donut Shop was the first one we found and we both enjoyed a mid morning snack.
On to the Houston Space Museum just across the street from the Johnson Space Center. Upon arrival in the parking lot, the first thing you notice is a giant Boeing 747 with a Space Shuttle attached.
While the Shuttle is a replica, the 747 is the historic NASA 905 shuttle carrier. The much modified and reinforced Boeing 747 was used to fly the retired shuttles to their prospective museums. The last flight was to Ellington Airfield where NASA 905 was disassembled by Boeing engineers into seven large pieces. Transported in the late night to the Houston Space Museum, where it was reassembled. A replica of the Independence shuttle was mounted to it in August of 2014.
The museum is full of information and displays of various things from the early era of space travel. On September 12, 1962, President John F. Kennedy announced with a speech to some 35,000 attendees at Rice Stadium in Houston that "We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win."
Kennedy's speech was meant to prompt the U.S. citizens to back one of the biggest efforts mankind has ever undertaken. Over the next decades the United States had many successes and failures in space. Space research has brought huge developments in medical as well as other branches of the scientific community. Research continues even though the shuttle program has ended.
Mia wanted to go to a local quilt store so I drove her over to Webster to this store. They even had special parking.
We start the trip home tomorrow, heading north to Wichita Falls, Texas.
That was our day. Hope yours was great too....