A couple months ago, an old high school friend asked if I’d be willing to be a stop for her 3rd grade daughter’s Bear as she travels the world for a few months. (Bear is like a Flat Stanley, for those who might be more familiar with that.) I agreed right away, and Bear arrived — from France, no less! — last week for her visit.
I knew she’d enjoy a visit to Mission Control, so I took her over there yesterday afternoon and snapped a few photos for her travel scrapbook.
We watched the International Space Station flight control team at work.
And we also checked out the historic Apollo 11 flight control room.
No matter what kind of day I’m having or how frustrated I might be with the nitty gritty of daily office work, taking a stroll through the control center always makes me feel better about what I’m doing. This is my favorite part of my job, hands down — the opportunity to share pieces of it with other people and help spread the NASA story.