|My parents in infrared|
I didn’t get my pages done yesterday. But I have a really good excuse!
Yesterday I took the kids down to La Cañada Flintridge to the Jet Propulsion Lab’s annual Open House. Can I just say that JPL is one of the coolest places EVER? Where else can you take an infrared photo of yourself, get run over by a Mars Rover and stand next to the original camera from the Hubble? All while eating a bag of kettle corn and downing a shave ice?
|J with Explorer I|
|A clone takes our photo on Mars|
My seven-year-old daughter wants to be an astronaut (as well as a rock star, novelist, actress, etc.) so she had lots of questions for the scientists we met. We talked to people who worked in clean rooms building new Rovers, men who worked on satellites getting samples from comets, women exploring the moons of Jupiter. To be perfectly honest, I could have listened to any of those scientists talk all day. They had so much wonderful information to share about the solar system, human exploration, spacecraft they’ve seen launched. They all got so excited talking about it and yet they were able to explain everything in terms we could understand.
When we got in the car at the end of the day, my daughter said she had the BEST time and wanted to know when we could go back again.
I can see a dystopian sci-fi epic looming in my future…