“The Eagle has landed.” ~ Neil A. Armstrong
and The Johnson Space Center
- Space Center Houston has its own building at the Johnson Space Center.
- In order to tour the working Johnson Space Center you must take a tram tour; best to pick a day when it is not raining, or the weather isn’t too hot.
- Make sure you take the time to view the rockets at the end of the tour to see the Saturn V with your own eyes — it’s huge!
For those of us alive when man first landed on the moon, as was I, hearing Neil Armstrong report to Mission Control that “Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.” was a moment of relief and pride for the United States of America; for years afterwards, any news on space travel was met with excitement.
It’s amazing to me that in a span of only forty-five years, space travel seems almost routine, and that the current US role in space exploration is rarely front page news.
As a Texan who lives less than 100 miles from the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, I’ve visited this site many times; long before the official Space Center Houston visitor center opened. I still enjoy bringing friends and family here when visiting the city.
Buzz Aldrin on the Moon
“Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, lunar module pilot, walks on the surface of the Moon near the leg of the Lunar Module (LM) “Eagle” during the Apollo 11 extravehicular activity (EVA). Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, commander, took this photograph with a 70mm lunar surface camera.” www.nasa.gov
I took the image of Saturn V (above) during my last visit to Space Center Houston in 2013. This massive rocket both reminds and inspires me about why we should always reach for the stars.
For more photos and tips from Mrs. Padilly’s Texas Sightseeing trips, click links below:
- Cadillac Ranch
- Eating Blue Bell Ice Cream
- Springtime in Fredericksburg, Texas
- Texas Welcome Center – Orange, Texas
- The Eagle has Landed – Space Center Houston