Friday, July 14, 2006
Houston -- The Ficketts have landed
After a nice drive through the Texas hill country, we arrived in Houston. After checking into our hotel we met up with GTY friend Barry, an astronaut. He took us on a behind the scenes tour of NASA. We visited the original Mission Countrol, in active use from the beginning space program through the start of the Shuttle missions. Then we went to the Control Center for the ISS. We got to walk on the floor (where this photo was taken), it was amazing to see all the technology and people necessary to support the manned space program.
From here we went to see Barry's office where we got to see where he works from time-to-time, and meet some other astronauts from his class.