|"We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard…"|
|What was really said|
|Saturn V -- actually belongs to the Smithsonian but as NASA built the structure around the rocket, they can't get it out now so it has to stay put!|
|The Minuteman rocket on the right is basically the V2 designed by Werner von Braun in WWII and was used with updates until well into the 1960's|
|Pushing the 'RED' button!|
|The 'facilities' on the space shuttle|
We also visited Galveston, a 32 mile long sand bar off Houston, the following day and first of all managed a guided tour of the island (with Galveston Historic Tour – see website here) which is one of the earliest Texan settlements, home to the Texan navy in the war with Mexico and was incorporated in 1838.
|The path and the result|
Back in 1900, the place was flattened and 6,000 people were killed, something that prompted the building a 17 foot high seawall and a gradual tilt to the island so that at the seawall, the island is above sea level but in the old town, it is 10 feet below sea level. In 2008 this meant that part of the island was 8 foot underwater and substantially damaged.
|Beach side houses on 20 foot stilts|
|Did I mention size? This is how big the new ones are. The island is Manhattan below the rig!|
Just amazing. The ingenuity of it all underlines why I believe that the US will reach energy self sufficiency very soon. They are very determined and very, very clever indeed.