Talk about awe inspiring! We were thrilled to visit the U.S. Space and Rocket Museum on Monday, November 27th at Huntsville, AL. We had stopped for a few days to visit some friends we hadn’t seen in a couple of years and we all decided to visit the museum.
Sitting outside of the gift shop is this A-12 Blackbird, the predecessor to the SR-71 Blackbird. It was used as a spy and reconnaissance plane by the CIA for years, setting several speed records in the process. These records are shared by the SR-71:
Los Angeles to Washington D.C.:
1 hour, 4 minutes, 30 seconds
New York to London:
1 hour, 54 minutes, 56.4 seconds
If you want to beat the snarling, crawling traffic or defeat the pesky, inconvenient weather THIS is the plane you need to book a ticket on flying home for the Holidays!!!
Inside they had an exhibit of 101 Inventions that changed the industry.
You may not be able to see it in the photo, but this is a patent exhibit for a special ultrasound tagging system that preceded many things including popularization of the QR codes. Notice in the bottom right corner you see a feather. There are two such codes literally ingrained in the feather’s material!
What you see here is a Long Range Ballistic Missile guidance system that was invented and patented by E. M. Fischel in 1960!! It used gyroscopes to sense its position relative to the earth and was the precursor to current modern guidance systems for ICBMs like is mentioned in my book, The Elevator,
There is nothing to prepare you for the enormity of the Saturn V rocket!!! I mean nothing. It is HUGE! Completed height/length is 362 feet! They have a dismantled version inside segmented by its original flight stages. This was a workhorse for many years in the Apollo program. It put this module, dubbed, Casper, on the moon along with the Lunar Rover.
Something that I wasn’t aware of was the fact the Lunar Rover actually folded up completely FLAT and its tires were hollow, spring loaded, MESH!! I always wondered why the moon dust kicked up so high in the air in photographs. It is because it was INSIDE of the wheel and was actually carried upwards until overcome by gravity and fell out through the mesh grating.
I must tell you this was only the TIP OF THE ICEBERG (or missile)…I would estimate less than 15% of the museum.
Our kids loved it (and I did too!) and we want to go back…so, if you see signs for it on I-65 North in Alabama…STOP!!!!!
Cheerio and thanks for tuning in!