We went to the International Space Hall of Fame and it was great! To our big surprise New Mexico plays a major role in space programs and Nasa has testing facilities in White Sands Missile Range.
Outside the museum there was an impressive display of rockets and engines. Kurt photographed miniature engineers on the F-1 rocket engine, one of the engine that played a part in carrying men to the moon! It's incredible the ingenuity of the team of people who conceived of it, built it, welded it, etc...
The gift shop is really neat too with Nasa t-shirts and astronaut costumes for children. The woman at the ticket booth was friendly and very knowledgable about the area, we had a great time listening to the stories. The museum itself is a sleek 4-story building. We were instructed to take the elevator to the top floor and make our way down the ramps.
On one of the floors, there was a board with buttons that would give you the sound of each particular rocket as it launches. I spent a while listening to the differences between Ariane, Apollo and half a dozen more. There was a space shuttle simulator where you could control the landing. Kurt successfully landed a space shuttle on his first try, my simulation was a night landing and I crashed both times.
On the last floor, I got really excited when I saw astronaut costumes for adults and jumped in one for a photo op in front of a lunar backdrop. As I was taking off my helmet a family with small children clapped with enthusiasm since I had made it to the moon. This museum was a treat, Kurt and I agree, we would go back in a heart beat!