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What I Learned About Visiting Space Center Houston

Space Center Houston is one of the great places to visit in the country if you’re a fan of space and science. It is located near Houston, Texas, one of the biggest cities in the United States. Space Center Houston’s proximity to Houston is important to note because Houston is known as Space City, USA (think “Houston, we have a problem” fame), and stands as a behemoth in many industries, and has made a name for itself as one of the premier destinations not just in Texas but on an international level. The city serves as a host to an incredibly diverse population.

If you’re a fan of the space program and are on the edge of your seat when it comes to the wonder of space in general, Space Center Houston is your ultimate destination. It doesn’t get much cooler than this, and since it’s opening in 1992, over 10,000,000 guests (this is a conservative figure) would probably concur that Space Center Houston is the place to go for getting up close and personal with the exploration of space by humans, and in many ways, being at the gateway to the universe while still being here on Earth.

After checking out Space Center Houston myself, I can tell you that I learned quite a bit about this place. Here are some of the highlights:

There is a celebration of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education programs, which brings in hundreds of thousands of students & teachers every year.
Per a 2016 study, the center brings in over $70,000,000 to the area, which means that the area is truly connected to the center on an important civic level.
You can meet an honest-to-goodness astronaut every Friday and talk to them about what their experience as a space traveler has been like. The best part – such a treat comes free with admission! Don’t forget to ask about the “Lunch with An Astronaut” experience.
Space Center Houston maintains an interior temperature of 60 degrees, which means that if you’re traveling with kids or anyone who gets a chill easily, you might want to have a light sweater or long-sleeve shirt available.
If you’ve ever wondered about the plane that was part of the various shuttles missions in the Space Program, you can actually check out NASA 905, a 747 that was used in the majority of ferry flights.
I learned about a pioneer in the space program by the name of Robert Henry Lawrence. In June 1967, he became the first black astronaut when he was selected by the Air Force as part of the Manned Orbiting Laboratory (MOL) program. He was cited as helping develop a steep-descent glide technique became part of the shuttle landing technique known as ‘flare’.

Traveling to Freedom

Summertime will soon be upon us and change is in the air! Summer is a time many folks plan vacations destined to far off lands. Often the goals of these trips are to experience a sense of freedom and peace, to connect with family and friends or to encounter the vast unknown of other cultures and lands. How exciting it is to leave the daily routine of work, school and duties of life to venture off into new and different places! Vacationing is a way to free the spirit and tap into a more spontaneous and intuitively guided life. Our intuition is heightened when we have more space, time and energy to listen deeply to the guidance that is there within our souls. Our higher self eagerly awaits our invitation to connect.

A meditation practice that is included in our vacations helps us to be clearer and more centered in our lives whether near or far from home. Lately I have been incorporating “mindfulness meditation” into my days in addition to my “sitting” practice in the morning. Awareness of the present moment is key to a mindfulness practice. Vacations can help us to access that moment by moment perspective because everything is new and different and we tend to more present in life. When we are alert and aware of our breath, the sounds around us, and the activity in our minds, in addition to our emotions and our environment, we learn that who we really are, is really none of that but a much greater essence, like the space between the stars.

Through the practice of meditation, we discover who we are without our jobs, roles and identities. Perhaps the freedom, peace and connection we seek in vacationing is actually available to us all along as an inner journey into the dimensions of our unseen selves. When we quiet the mind and open the heart to the ever present moment, we can tap into a bliss that goes beyond the most glorious sunset. We connect with ourselves, our souls and life with all the blessings and pain that come as a result of living.

As you travel this summer, keep in mind the motivation for going. Are you running away from some aspect of your life? Or are you moving toward a more whole and intuitive way of being? Vacations can renew a sense of childlike innocence and adventure and delight. Use your vacation as a stimulus to become more alive, free and peaceful, connecting deeply with yourself and others and appreciating the value of different cultures and places. Then bring this present moment awareness back into your life’s work or school and responsibility and duty with compassion and presence and live an intuitively guided life.

Tips to Help You Get the Most Out of Your Grand Canyon Trip

If you want to get the most out of your Grand Canyon tour, our tips in this article can help you. The Grand Canyon is spread across one million acres. Our guide can help you put together a plan that will make your trip more enjoyable and memorable. So, let’s go over the tips.

Sights to See

The majority of travelers head to South Rim where they can experience scenic signs and stunning views. This scenery consists of steep gorges, layers of red rock and so many other things.

Things to Do

As far as the things to do is concerned, the South Rim offers tons of activities unlike the west or north regions. Ideally, you should consider your agility, timeline and budget before you visit the Grand Canyon. Below are some recommended options:

River Rafting
Tours on Bus or jeep
Bird watching
Tours on helicopter or bus
Horseback or mule riding
Paragon skydiving
hiking

Here, it’s important to note that for some activities, you need to get backcountry permits like river rafting and overnight hikes. Also, the majority of tours, excursions and activities require visitors to get advanced reservations.

Tips for Time

Like most visitors of the Grand Canyon, you have limited time. But the tips we are going to share will help you with time management as well.

Since it’s not possible to see all of the Grand Canyon, it’s better to head to an IMAX Theater to explore the canyon.

Avoid Crowds

It’s not a good idea to stand in the queue to take a photo of the stunning sights. Instead, we suggest that you plan your tour during the off season or head to the non-popular lookouts. If possible, you should plan your tour in January or February as they are the slowest months of the year.

Parking

Also, you should be aware of congested areas. For parking your car, you can take a shutter. On the other hand, if you have plans to bring your car with you, make certain that you reach the destination before 9am if it’s a busy season. If you get late, you won’t be able to find any spot for parking.

To make things easier, you can also pay your entrance fee. For this purpose, the National Geographic Visitor Center can help you. They can allow you to make use of a special lane so you can bypass traffic.

Some tour service providers can give you a lot of accommodation options in the form of a simple list. This can help you choose a place to stay with ease. Apart from this, you can go over their packing checklist that can save you time when you are getting ready for the trip.

In short, if you follow the tips while getting ready to visit the Grand Canyon, we are sure that you will have a great adventure. After all, if you are well armed before a war, the chances of your success are higher. So, you may want to equip yourself with the right information so you can have tons of fun.