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Apollo 13 gets an A + as a top notch family drama that takes a nearly disastrous moment from NASA's storied history and weaves a tale of incredible American heroism. Tom Hanks' famous utterance "Houston, we have a problem" sets into motion a story where three astronauts orbit earth with no chance of survival, while NASA's ground crew turns away from their computers to jerry-rig a handmade device which, incredibly, saves the astronauts' lives. The kids were enthralled watching the country's best scientists figure out how to do a handyman's job, but learned the lesson that an emergency calls for thinking outside the box.
After screening Apollo 13 and reading headline news about a Teacher-in-Space on the latest Endeavour mission to the International Space station, rocket science was looking like a pretty cool pursuit. Now that our kids were able to make the equation that math and science have practical, if not thrilling, applications, we decided to visit to a rocket exhibit at a local Air and Space Museum. We live close by to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and took the kids on their general tour, learning about the current missions, and observing real scientists working at a Mission Control center tracking satellites as they circumnavigate the skies. We are keeping current on the Endeavour voyage online and in the papers, as problems with a nick on the rocket's underbelly have kept scientists on the ground busy determining whether an additional repair-oriented spacewalk will be necessary before the astronauts return to Earth. As Crista McAuliff's backup 21 years ago, Morgan has caroomed into history by bringing an incredible high profile to the subjects of math and science. Could there be a better way to get your kids excited about going back to school?
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Tour an air and space or science museum
Time Allotment: half day
Age Recommendation: 5 and up
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