Marine Life and Mission Control: Sea & Sky with Your Grandchild in Texas
Explore Space Center Houston, visit a sea turtle rescue facility, discover a unique indoor rainforest and practice science with your grandchild on adventure that’s out of this world!
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Program No. 21489RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Does your grandchild love the ocean and marine mammals? What about space travel? On an adventure with you in Galveston on the Texas Gulf Coast, your grandchild can indulge a fascination with both the sea and the sky while making memories with you to last forever. Visit Moody Gardens to learn about aquatic creatures at their aquarium pyramid and about how plants and animals adapt to tropical climates at their indoor rainforest. Get an up-close view of rescued sea turtles while staff at a rescue facility explain efforts to save these and other endangered marine animals. At NASA, visit with an astronaut or staff member from Mission Control to find out more about space travel, both in the past and the future. Visit a university Sea Camp program to learn all about sharks. You'll have the opportunity to dissect a small shark, if you wish!
Activity Level
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 the Neutral Buoyancy Lab at NASA, a massive underwater tank used to simulate weightlessness for astronauts preparing for long-term assignment to the International Space Station.
  • Participate in hands-on activities with your grandchild as you learn about coral reefs, sea turtles, sharks, and hurricanes.
  • Learn about pirates and marvel at Galveston’s resilient recovery from multiple hurricanes by discovering its “tree sculptures” carved from damaged trees.

General Notes

Program is for grandchildren ages 9-13.
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Shannon Walker
Astronaut Shannon Walker earned a Ph.D. in space physics from Rice University and served as flight controller in the Mission Control Center for several Space Shuttle missions. The Houston native worked on design and construction of robotics hardware for the International Space Station (ISS) and spent a year in Russia working to resolve technical problems with the ISS. She launched and served as flight engineer of a Russian Soyuz spacecraft in 2010, spending 161 days aboard the ISS.
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