July 24, 2010

Houston, The Cattle Have Landed!

A lot of bloggers write about their lives and their home towns. I don't do that much -- call me boring or call me private -- I don't know which.

I'm going to do that a little bit right now.

I've mentioned that Johnson Space Center is just about five miles from my home, and that many of my friends (and at least one blogging nemesis) work for NASA and/or the companies that work with the space agency. But for all my fascination with the space program, I had not visited this local gem of national and international importance until last summer -- and I made only my second visit today, as a chaperone for a group of 11 & under kids from our church. It was an experience -- and I'm tuckered out.

But I did want to share my favorite photo of the day, and highlight one of those activities that goes on as a part of our community because of the manned space program is centered near the banks of Clear Lake here in southeaster Harris County.


Yeah, that is what you think it is -- and yes, it is located on the grounds of Johnson Space Center. And it is one of the most loved ways that NASA is involved in our local community. Kids in the local school district receive the opportunity to raise longhorn cattle on the grounds of the Johnson Space Center and show them at various livestock shows throughout the region. And these aren't just any old longhorns (not that there is really any such thing as "any old longhorn) -- they have been donated by some of the top breeders in the state. And so only a Vince Young (another prize-winning Longhorn) pass from one of the last remaining Saturn V rockets, I got to spend a few minutes visiting with this beautiful specimen and some fellow members of the NASA herd.

And no, I didn't use the zoom feature to take that picture and I have not done any editing except including the text and reducing the dimensions of the picture to a size that fit on my page -- I really was that close to that beautiful animal.

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Yeah, it's pretty cool how close you can get to the fence from the street by Rocket Park. I've gotten pretty close to some longhorns, since you *have* to go into the street to get a picture of the whole Saturn V building.

I'll admit I'm rather addicted to JSC -- I've been down there once or twice a year for the last four years. You might look at attending the SEEC conference in February (; in addition to some good ed. sessions, you also get the opportunity to go on some more behind-the-scenes tours of JSC.

|| Posted by Sandra, July 24, 2010 05:18 PM ||

Way cool!

Good thing Texas isn't symbolized by a pig, what with NASA's new Mission To The Muslims....

|| Posted by Darren, July 24, 2010 10:09 PM ||
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