The Great Escape (Almost)

We chose to get an early start to beat the weather that was heading our way. It was just starting to sprinkle as we pulled out of our campsite, becoming a steady rain as we drove through NOLA 20 minutes later. We hit Lake Pontchartrain and the bottom fell out.

The last time we drove in rain this hard was leaving New Orleans in 2015! Our windshield wipers were going full speed.
A waterspout as we crossed the bridge.

We soon got ahead of the weather, and probably would have stayed ahead of it IF we hadn’t noticed this sign:


The Science Center serves as the Visitors’ Center for NASA’s largest rocket testing facility, the John C. Stennis Space Center.

The Saturn 5
THE SATURN 5 ROCKET weighs 100,000 pounds by itself, but when it’s on the launch stand fully loaded with rocket fuel and liquid oxygen, weighs 800,000 pounds.
Space Station workspace
INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION MODULE  Port and starboard are printed on each end of the module to help astronauts stay oriented.
Sleeping pod
SLEEPING POD WITHIN THE SPACE STATION MODULE  The sleeping bag keeps the astronauts from floating out of bed, and their heads are strapped onto the pillow. Clean socks are a priority since no shoes are worn on the Space Station.
Werner von Braun's office
WERNER VON BRAUN’S OFFICE  German-born von Braun developed the V-2 rockets that devastated London during World War II.  He was captured by the Americans and brought to our country where he became the father of the American space program.

The center also has extensive earth science exhibits, and we were drawn to the one on hurricanes. Six rotating alphabetical lists (excluding Q, U, X, Y, and Z) are used for Atlantic hurricanes. If a storm is memorable (like Katrina in 2005) the name is retired and replaced. If there are more than 21 storms in a season, the Greek alphabet is used: Alpha, Beta, etc)

Atlantic Hurricane Names

When winds reach 39 mph, it’s considered a tropical storm and is given a name. Once it hits 74 mph, it becomes a Category 1 hurricane.

Category 1-5

“Robert Rick’s NWS warning for Hurricane Katrina got people’s attention – and changed the way hurricane warnings are written. Rick’s warning used clear language with attention-getting phrases for the first time in the National Weather Service’s history. Read for yourself. Would you pay attention if you read this?” 

Katrina Warning

After our good intentions of beating the weather, we ended up slogging our way through “so-loud-you-can’t-hear-the-radio” rain before arriving safely at our next destination several hours later.

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