Not a bad little weekend…

Did a bit of road touring around eastern Florida in a muscle car. Saw a Space Shuttle and the most powerful rocket man has ever built. Touched the Moon! Then finished the weekend off with “Hey there, Blimpy Boy’s”… Yes, in my book that’s a good weekend indeed! Advertisements

Space Shuttle Endeavour – California Science Centre

I arrived back in Los Angeles yesterday for the first time since September 2012 and just had to head back out to the California Science Centre to see the new and impressive addition to their air and space exhibits –  Space Shuttle Endeavour (Orbiter Vehicle OV-105). Endeavour was first launched in 1992 and completed her last space flight in May 2011. Interestingly…

California Science Centre – From the Sea to the Skies

The California Science Centre is a great place to visit when in Los Angeles and admission is free (except for special exhibitions). You can see exhibits on scientific achievements from inventions to air and space technology); discover the world of life and how people, animals and plants survive; then delve into the ecosystems of the world. The latter is…

NASA’s Super Guppy

NASA’s Super Guppy arrived in Seattle today to deliver the nose component of the Space Shuttle trainer that will be displayed at the Museum of Flight.

City Icons: Seattle’s Space Needle

When I travel I always like to take a look at the landmarks that make a city instantly recognizable around the world. Some of the more famous ones that spring to mind include the Sydney Opera House (constructed 1959-1973) and Harbour Bridge (1928-1932), Berlins Brandenburg Gate (1788-1791), London’s Big Ben (the tower 1843-1858), the Eiffel Tower in Paris  (1887-1889 for…

UFO’s and Aliens: welcome to Roswell New Mexico!

November 3rd, 2011 Roswell a name that immediately brings to mind the ultimate conspiracy theory, the UFO Incident of 1947. Located in Eastern New Mexico up until that time it was probably mainly recognised for its nearby Walker Army Air Field (closed in 1967) and not much else other than ranch farming, but on July 4th, 1947 everything changed for Roswell….

The White Sands of New Mexico

Atomic science, white sands, missiles and space travel…..part one of my travels in New Mexico. October 31st, 2011 My grandfather and I used to watch Bugs Bunny cartoons together when I was a kid. Bugs would always say “I knew I should have taken that left turn at Albuquerque” and I can finally say I actually…

What have Russian sailors, a sailing ship and the space race have in common?

August 10th, 2011 I was taking a walk through the Seattle Centre today when I was surprised to see three Russian sailors sightseeing in full navy uniform (very distinctive especially their caps)! Upon further investigation it turns out that the Russian Federal Agency for Fisheries sailing training ship Pallada was in town. I had heard nothing about this…

The day I almost met Buzz Aldrin……

August 1st, 2011 Space Adventures Today the Space Needle announced a Space Race 2012 competition with the grand prize to win a sub orbital space flight with a company called Space Adventures (valued at $110,000 USD)!  The contest is to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Space Needle in April 2012. I of course immediately entered (you have to…

Recap of my travels in the past year (2010)

The past year has gone by so fast, one moment I am leaving my Australian home and  job in May 2010 to travel the world, then before you know it I am living in Seattle, Washington USA! Most of 2010 was such an adventure travelling through: USA (May 2010) Central and southern Florida– Launch of Space…