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Marine Life and Mission Control: Sea & Sky With Your Grandchild

From space simulators to sharks, discover all things sea and sky with your grandchild at NASA, an indoor rainforest, an aquarium, Sea Camp at a university and more!
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Program No. 21489RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,499 / ADULT
949 / CHILD
Texas

Marine Life and Mission Control: Sea & Sky With Your Grandchild

From space simulators to sharks, discover all things sea and sky with your grandchild at NASA, an indoor rainforest, an aquarium, Sea Camp at a university and more!
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,499 / ADULT
949 / CHILD
Program No. 21489 RJ
Prefer to enroll or inquire by phone? 800-454-5768
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Age 9 - 13
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DATES
Jun 20 – Jun 25, 2021
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1,499
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Jun 20 - Jun 25, 2021
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1,499
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2,099
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Jul 11 – Jul 16, 2021
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1,499
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Jul 11 - Jul 16, 2021
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949
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1,499
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949
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949
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Jul 18 – Jul 23, 2021
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1,499
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Jul 18 - Jul 23, 2021
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1,499
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949
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949
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At a Glance

Do you and your grandchild love the ocean and marine mammals? Have you ever dreamed of flying through space? On an adventure on the Texas Gulf Coast, stir your fascination with both sea and sky. Wave to your favorite aquatic creatures at an aquarium pyramid, and trek through an indoor rainforest to learn about tropical plants and animals like the rare Saki Monkeys. Then head over to NASA to meet a real astronaut or member of Mission Control to find out more about space travel is really like. Go on a ferry ride and try to spot friendly dolphins racing with the boat, find out about sea turtles on a field trip to the beach and more!
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walk and stand for several hours, mostly indoors. All venues visited are air conditioned and have benches and opportunities to sit when needed.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Go inside a massive underwater tank at NASA used to simulate weightlessness for astronauts preparing for long-term visits to the International Space Station.
  • Head to Sea Camp at Texas A & M University to learn all about the kings of the ocean — sharks — and even dissect a small one if you wish!
  • Visit the giant pyramids of Moody Gardens to meet monkeys, macaws, penguins, seals and more as you stroll through a tropical rainforest and an aquarium.

General Notes

Program is for grandchildren ages 9-13.
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Andrzej Matthew Stewart
Andrzej Stewart is a spacecraft operator for a variety of NASA missions. He earned degrees in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and aspires to be a NASA astronaut. In pursuing that, he has served as the flight engineer of HERA C2M2, a two-week asteroid mission simulation at the Johnson Space Center, and as chief engineering officer of HI-SEAS IV, a year-long Mars simulation in Hawaii.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Andrzej Stewart is a spacecraft operator for a variety of NASA missions. He earned degrees in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and aspires to be a NASA astronaut. In pursuing that, he has served as the flight engineer of HERA C2M2, a two-week asteroid mission simulation at the Johnson Space Center, and as chief engineering officer of HI-SEAS IV, a year-long Mars simulation in Hawaii.
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