Tuesday, August 30, 2011
NASA Astronauts (and CC) Visit Walt Disney Studios
It's not every day that you get to hear from NASA astronauts how they can now dine on shrimp cocktail while floating 250 miles above the Earth. But CC and I heard that fun fact and a whole lot more when we visited The Walt Disney Studios in Burbank last week.
Four members of NASA's final space shuttle mission -- Commander Chris Ferguson, pilot Doug Hurley, Mission Specialist Sandy Magnus and Mission Specialist Rex J. Walheim -- met with kiddos from the East Los Angeles Boys & Girls Club as well as some other lucky little ones, including CC.
They were on hand to talk to kids about space travel, provide encouragement to budding scientists and explain exactly what it feels like to float in space. (Fun, but no shoes allowed. Nobody wants a swift kick in the noggin.)
Special guests Mickey and Minnie made the morning extra special.
Disney was also previewing an upcoming episode -- "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Space Adventure," airing on the Disney Channel Monday, Sept. 12 at 9 a.m. ET/PT. In this episode of one of CC's favorite shows, Mickey, Minnie and the gang head to outer space in search of buried treasure.
Before the screening, the astronauts shared a video of some of their own space adventures and answered questions from the kids. In addition to describing what it's like to be in space and what kinds of food they can eat -- M&Ms for dessert! -- they also quizzed the audience with questions like, "What is the closest planet to Earth?" (Venus), and "Is the sun a star?" (Yes!).
It was amazing to see these inspiring people -- They've been to space! Space! -- and I was especially happy to snap a true Girl Power pic, with CC and Mission Specialist Sandy Magnus.