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Thank you Yvette from Priorhouse blog for inviting me to share 10 travel photos. I tried putting all the pictures into one post but it got way too long. So I’ll post travel pictures across 10 days.

This science museum called NASA Ames Research Center used to be one of our favorite places to visit. It was a small, accessible, and free museum with informative artifacts and interactive exhibits.

When we went back to visit a couple of years ago, the museum had been transformed into a NASA gift shop. Disappointing as it was, we were still grateful to have had the opportunity to tour and learn from this place. Still a great place to buy some souvenirs.

These astronaut photo ops were a must with the kids. Funny to see how Ellis could barely poke her head out the astronaut’s helmet. We didn’t travel far from home but a few props and love for the solar system can take you to outer space.

From Wikipedia:

The NASA Ames Exploration Center is a science museum and education center for NASA. There are displays and interactive exhibits about NASA technology, missions and space exploration. A Moon rock, meteorite, and other geologic samples are on display. The theater shows movies with footage from NASA’s explorations of Mars and the planets, and about the contributions of the scientists at Ames. The facility is free and open to the public Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m to 4 p.m and on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.[16]

Lastly, I want to invite you to participate in this 10 Travel Photos challenge. Please feel free to share. Would love to see where you have traveled and what you have experienced.

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Welcome to my blog! My name is Esther and I'm so happy you are here. I'm an avid nature photographer and a daydreaming thinker. My posts revolve around photos of nature's beauty, homeschooling adventures with my 2 kids, sporadic reflections on my child's heart condition, Bible reading reflections, gardening feats, and other mish mash things. Hopefully you'll leave encouraged, pensive, or smiling at the simple things of life. Thank you for stopping by and hope you'll find some interesting posts to read!

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    1. This little museum was a gem for us. Their dentist is close to that place, so it was a post-dentist outing as we eat Chik Fil A in the car. We always try to find low traffic places that is fun and educational for the kids. Amazing the stuff you find if you research closely.
      They also had one wing of a spaceship where you could check out the exercise machine for astronauts and a vending machine thing of food pouches. Not too appealing but you’re in space and the fact that you can eat spaghetti and meatballs is a privilege.

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      1. That sounds like a lot of fun. I don’t know if I knew the astronauts did exercises in space but maybe they have to if that spaghetti and meatballs includes garlic bread too. 🙂


      2. Life must be so bizarre in space! I believe they need to exercise to keep their muscles moving and strong. I just read that on the International Space Station, astronauts need to exercise for 2 hours a day. whew…
        We loved that museum for its small size and accessibility.

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      3. I didn’t know that astronauts have to exercise for that long daily – wow. I remember when astronaut Mark Kelly came back from an extended stay in space, they did several tests with him simultaneously with his identical twin brother. I was surprised to see all the physical problems that one has as a result of a stay in space, weightlessness, etc. … not all the health issues were good either.


  1. I am so happy that you are joining in with the challenge
    And sorry I missed this post – but just FYI – people do not get a ping back or a notice if you link only their blog – but if you were to link a post on my blog – I would have gotten a notice.

    And the astronaut photo images really give us a feel for the vibe of the visit

    and it is sad when things become so gift shop like and seem all about consumerism – I know they need to make money to support the museum and staff – but it changes the flavor

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    1. Yes, I’m participating in the challenge, although it’s taking me longer than I thought. I tried putting them all together into 1 post, but it got way too long!! Thanks Yvette for letting me know about the ping back. I’ll remember that next time. I’m glad you were able to find these travel pics though.
      It was disappointing that the museum turned into an oversized gift shop but I’m sure they needed more money to keep up with the costs. I wish they would’ve began charging entrance fees instead of closing it down. Sadness…was a great learning resource.
      Have a great rest of the weekend and take care!

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      1. yes entrance fees would have been better than closing – or find spnsors.
        and the good news about the travel challenge is we can all do it at our own pace and it sounds like your approach will make them posts worth revisiting – so better not to rush or force a long post –
        good day to you

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      2. Good suggestion…getting sponsored may have been a feasible idea. There’s another small museum here that charges a nominal fee for learning about animals, rocks, solar system, and dinosaurs. It’s a collection of interesting artifacts and hands-on exhibits which my kids love to explore. Volunteers run the place. There’s a scavenger hunt and kids gets a prize for it.
        Due to Covid, they are temporarily closed. bummer.
        Thanks for the encouragement about the travel challenge!
        Happy Holy Week and hope your blogging break is off to a good start. 🙂

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