Apologies for the gap in programming over the weekend – I was off skiing and didn’t have easy Internet access. If only this photo management system would allow me to schedule posts in advance!
Getting back to the cub scout highlights, this one was definitely my favourite – our annual visit to Space Center Houston. After the center doors close for the day, cub scouts get to spend an overnight among the space hardware. Various fun science activities are organised which tie in to their rank advancement requirements such as the Webelos Scientist activity badge. In this shot, Drew and some of his buddies are shown holding up their “astronaut protection system”. The boys were given various materials (bubble wrap, rubber bands, etc.) and had to develop a system to prevent their egg “astronaut” from being damaged by the stresses of reentry. Once complete, their shuttle was dropped down an angled wire slide into a wooden block and the state of the astronaut’s health was determined after the impact. I think this year’s astronaut ended up with a headache!
The camp ends early next morning with a tram tour of Johnson Space Center including mission control and the astronaut training facility, and a visit to the rocket park and its Saturn V.
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