My Aunt Lyn lives in Denver and she knows a LOT of fun places to go, so today we met up with her and went to Wings Over the Rockies, a museum that has a ton of fun stuff. It has planes and astronauts and inventions! And silver rockets!
I knew it was going to be good when the very first person we meet was the granddaughter of Scott Carpenter! He was the second American to orbit the Earth and the fourth American in space! Wow, Caroline, his granddaughter, was really nice and she posed for a photo with us.
They have a whole section about astronauts and how they trained to go to space. Annie even met one of the Colorado astronauts in California, he flew three times on the Space Shuttle!
This is me with all the names of the astronauts who have lived in Colorado. That’s a lot of space flyers!
And I found a picture of Astro Karen, the one we met in Minnesota! So of course I had to pose with her and her crew on the International Space Station! It almost looks like I’m up there, doesn’t it?
Then we went into the main hanger and there were so many planes and jets it was almost overwhelming! The hanger was full of them and so we walked around to look at all of them.
They had some model planes and I decided this one was just my size!
Some jets that fly really fast have ejection seats with parachutes so that if there is trouble with the engine, the pilots can pull a cord and the seat will get forced out of the jet. This is me in one of them. I think it would be so cool to fly in one of those jets! But not to have to eject.
This is a model of a new vehicle that may someday take astronauts to space. They plan to put 7 people in it, so I would be the pilot or the co-pilot because they are the only ones who get windows and can look at the view!
The museum even had some Star Wars exhibits. And I found someone my size!
There was a big exhibit about the inventions of Leonardo Da Vinci. He lived centuries ago but his inventions are still being used today. What inventions? Bicycle chains, and gliders, and all kinds of construction equipment. He was really, really smart!
He even invented the parachute, and this is me trying his design. Imagine, 500 years ago, Da Vinci invented something that is use in that ejection seat I was just sitting it!
I liked this place so much! I wish I could fly to the moon and back, and I would tell Eliza all about it!