Hello fellow Bloggies!! Long time no speak! Sorry for the lack of updates recently...as most of you have likely experienced, life often times gets in the way of the chronicling that we like to do in our favorite internet forums.
...but today, I have a good one. My wife and I had a great science filled weekend along with a visit to Jet Propulsion Laboratory yesterday (always fun to create a long weekend). I can't say enough about the great tour guides and amazing facilities. It was awe inspiring to be in the vicinity of the great minds that push the boundaries of human exploration and seek unfathomable knowledge. I've always thought that there is more than what meets the eye regarding our space programs, but to even see the tip of the iceberg is very compelling. If I had seen this place when I was a child....well, let's just say I already like rockets and aviation, but this experience would have put it into high gear.
They start you off with a twenty minute long video presentation describing our solar system and the efforts we've put forth to study each unique planet (thus far). From there we went on to one of the three giant assembly rooms where all of the deep space exploration vehicles are assembled. It really put into perspective how large some of these things are! Next came our favorite part, Mission Control. This was the same room that was featured in the television program highlighting the arrival the Curiosity Rover on Mars. I'll let the pictures do the rest of the talking.
Enjoy JPL in Pasadena, California: