NASA’s blast from its forgotten past

Spinning history isn’t such a good idea when anyone older than 20 remembers it vividly, one Space Center Houston tour guide recently learned.

Spinning history isn’t such a good idea when anyone older than 20 remembers it vividly, one Space Center Houston tour guide recently learned.

Spinning history isn’t such a good idea when anyone older than 20

remembers it vividly, one Space Center Houston tour guide recently

learned.



NASA retired its old Mission Control Center (MCC) a few years back in

favor of a more modern facility, designating the old room as a historic

landmark. Space Center Houston, an independently run non-profit

attraction adjacent to the Johnson Space Center, promptly added the

celebrated MCC to its tram tour late last month. However, on the first

day the MCC was open to tourists, the tour guides still had a few kinks

to work out.



One visitor asked about line-of-duty deaths in the space program.

’America has never lost an astronaut in space,’ the eager tour guide

replied. Grilled about the Challenger disaster, an event etched as

indelibly into the public psyche as the JFK assassination or Neil

Armstrong’s first steps on the moon, the guide pointed out that the

shuttle technically was not in outer space when it exploded.



’Here at NASA, we like to dwell on the positive,’ he explained

apologetically to a roomful of raised eyebrows. Talk about a space

cadet.



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