As 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. Her 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.
Conveniently, 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.