Geologists interested in learning about NASA and space exploration.
To gain an understanding of the role of NASA in space exploration and geologic characterization of the solar system.
A tour of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration is always a popular venue for a technical convention in the Houston metroplex. This NASA trip is indeed fortunate to have Apollo 17 Astronaut and former U.S. Senator Harrison H. Schmitt joining the tour. Dr. Schmitt was the only geologist to walk on the moon and collected samples for analysis. He later served as a United States Senator from New Mexico and continues to be an avid supporter of our space program. We are also pleased to announce that Jim Reilly (former space Shuttle astronaut) will be joining us to share their experiences on the trip. Dr. Reilly has flown on three space shuttle missions (STS-89, STS-104, and STS-117). Participants will travel to the NASA complex by chartered bus. This will be a good time to review the guidebook. Once at NASA, their staff will welcome the group for the day’s activities. Walking will be light with tram or bus transportation provided between stops and mostly indoor activities.
Morning Program: Our tour of the NASA complex in Clear Lake will begin with an orientation film “On Human Destiny” narrated by Gene Kranz. There we will see the podium from where Jack Kennedy gave his speech to “reach the moon within this decade”. We will enter the artifact exhibit gallery where we will see the original Apollo 17 space capsule “America”, Lunar Sample Vault, moon rocks and other displays. Participants will have the opportunity to “Touch a moon rock”.
Luncheon Program: The group will gather in a private room (the Silver Moon Café) for presentations by Jack Schmitt and Jim Reilly on space and planetary topics (11:00 a.m. to Noon) . A plated lunch will be served at noon. There will be free time (1:00-2:00 p.m.) to meet with the astronauts, pick up a book or autographs, visit the “space trader” gift shop, or wander the exhibits.
Afternoon Private Tour Program: Our group will board a private tram (2:00-5:00 p.m.). Stops will consist of: (1) JSC Building 9NE, (2) Mission Control, (3) JSC Rock Yard, and (4) rocket park and a Saturn V rocket on display (Apollo “18”).
Applicable Credits: none
Limit: 80 people, 15 (students)
Includes: Ground transportation, lunch, entry fees and guidebook
Notes: Many spectacular NASA displays and photographs with be included in these presentations. Cameras are welcomed and encouraged! Participants may wish to bring sunglasses, hat, money for the gift shop and water bottles for the outside tram tour.
There are a limited number of discounted registrations available for students on a first-come, first-served basis. If a discounted space is still available, it will show up during the online registration process. If discounted spots are no longer available, you may register at the full fee; if we are able to add additional discounted spots we will refund the difference at that time.
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