Tourist Mickey Visits Rocket City USA!
Tourist Mickey visited with the Spencer family from February 3-8,
1999. While with Jeff, Susan
Brian and Katie, Mickey got to do quite a few things including
a VIP tour of the Marshall Space Flight Center
where Jeff and Susan work. Here Mickey checks out a Saturn-1
and a Redstone rocket, among others.
Susan and Mickey climbed all over the rockets. Mickey also enjoyed
crawling up into the nozzles of
several. This is a Redstone rocket like the one that carried
Alan Shepard into space.
Susan shows Mickey the bust of Dr. Werner Von Braun, the German
rocket scientist responsible
for putting man on the moon. Dr. Von Braun was a friend of
Mickey catches a ride with an astronaut on a lunar moonbuggy.
Mickey thought being
an astronaut would be cool but the suit seemed a little constraining.
Mickey climbed atop a nosecap from a Space Shuttle solid rocket
booster. The view
was pretty good from up there.
Mickey also toured the Space Station mockup at Marshall Space Flight
Center. Here he
and Susan are looking at some of the experiment racks in the Lab
Mickey and Susan check out another console. Mickey got on
keyboard and send some email to Minnie and Pluto.
Aaaiiieeee! Mickey, you're supposed to ride on the *inside*
of the Shuttle!
Mickey tries out NASA's newest X vehicle - the X-33 single-stage-to-orbit
thought the X-33 looked much cooler than the Space Shuttle.
Mickey takes a look at the Hubble Space telescope.
Brian lets Mickey operate his latest Lego Mindstorm robotic creation.
Brian first was
introduced to Mindstorms at Epcot's Innoventions.
Mickey was a guest of honor at Katie's 9th birthday party.
He insisted on a
corner piece cake and double ice cream.
Katie and a friend paint ceramic figures at the Fun Factory where
Katie had her
birthday party. Mickey supervised the painting.
Mickey joined the family at the theatre to see "Smokey Joe's Cafe",
a wonderful Broadway
musical. Being the celebrity he is, he didn't even need a
ticket to get in.
Park Ranger Pooh presents Mickey with some space trading cards
as a memento of his visit.
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