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
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