Monday, May 16, 2011

image May14_Ames2As you all know, my daughter is fascinated with space, and I planned a visit to a nearby NASA research facility for a while. We finally made it to Ames Research Center on Saturday, and we were pretty lucky with our timing, since they had a guided presentation on the Solar system with terrific photos of various planets taken by NASA and European research craft. The talk was a bit long, but  Smarty listened fairly attentively and wanted to ask a question in the end. HerMay14_Ames1 question, in essence, was, I understand about Big Bang, but how will our world end? The guy who conducted the talk responded, Well, when you grow up, perhaps you tell me. The rest of the museum was a little underwhelming. They advertise Mars exploring area on the website, but as it turned out, lack of funding caused them to close that outdoor exhibit. Still, Smarty had a lot of fun and was delighted to get some goodies in a gift shop – a freeze-dried Astronaut ice cream and a shuttle model to assemble.
 First Encyclopaedia of SpaceConveniently, Usborne First Encyclopedia of Space arrived on the same day from Paperbackswap order. It’s a newer edition covering many of the same topics that were in the NASA talk. Smarty was delighted to find the whole page on space disasters – she is very fascinated with the losses of Challenger and Columbia, and I expect to have a lot of discussions about Apollo 13 after she reads this book. As I type she is sitting in her room hugging her blanket and devouring it.
Now I was delaying posting hoping that we will actually eat that icecream or assemble the kit, but daughter hasn’t asked for them yet – she can be strange about not using new toys directly unless they are very much in her line of sight.

14 comments:

MaryAnne said...

I bet that's the first time a presenter has been asked that question by a four-year-old!

I just discovered the joys of paperbackswap =)

Brimful Curiosities said...

My son and I watched the Endeavour launch this morning. Did she like the freeze-dried ice cream?

Christy said...

C just went on a field trip to the local planetarium - he loved it. I should look for that book.

Phyllis said...

That looks like a fun field trip! She looks so cute in the suit!

Debbie said...

Such a fun field trip. Anna does look so cute in that suit!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

It was nice of the presenter to encourage her to continue her interest into adulthood.

Mom and Kiddo said...

Love those Usborne books!

Julie said...

She's so cute in the astronaut suit! The other day, M was playing with a little space set we got from the Air and Space Museum in DC a few years ago. It's great that she is so interested in the book. I'm sure she'll learn a lot.

Kelly said...

I think it's great that she has so many interests and enjoys researching them.
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Michelle said...

Sounds like fun!!

Elise said...

We always end up spending more than we had planned to in the gift shops at places like this! I am interested to hear what Anna thinks about the freeze dried ice cream.

I agree with Mary Anne about Anna's question and can imagine the presenter sharing the question Anna asked him with his colleagues.

Ticia said...

My kids can be like that too, but usually they're like steel traps, not letting go of the idea.

I'm looking forward to seeing how she likes space ice cream. I want to try it with my kids sometimes.

Our Homeschool Fun said...

I'll be anxious to see if she likes the ice cream. Joe couldn't stand it, but Hanna liked it. I thought it was ok.

Anna is too smart Natalie! She is always thinking for sure, that's a good thing!

I've wanted to try out Paperback Swap since I began homeschooling. Maybe now that I know someone who has used it successfully I will.

Susan @ learning ALL the time!! said...

What a fun trip for Anna! So great that she asked a question :)