Houston ~ NASA 1960’s Mission Control Tour, Training Facility & Rockets


you know I am convinced that the city of
Houston rains more than the entire state of Washington this incredible man it’s
every single time I come to Houston is just record breaking rain every single
time there’s some clear it’s not gonna it’s gonna rain for like a week that’s
not gonna rain all day every day it’s just man it’s getting old
Houston hates me Houston we’ve got a problem I am going
to escape the rain it’s not raining right now it may be raining later we’re
going to do something really special today guys then check out the Space
Center here in Houston Texas now I’m taking you over to the one over at Cape
Canaveral in Florida but the communications building is actually
right down the road and they have a specific Space Center here for NASA that
we can go explore and a lot of its indoor as I believe I’m also using my
Cannon and fifty again with my super wide angle blog lens lots and lots of
larger-than-life stuff out here I am excited about this I’m hanging out with
some YouTube friends that drove me down here from The Woodlands area so gonna be
hanging out with some local friends tour guides but we’re going to go inside the
museum today it’s a 31 bucks to get in $5 parking and you guys get to come in
for 399 whoo I mean look at this outdoor area they’ve got a I think it’s a 747
carrier with a shuttle the independence this is a real one the 747 is a real one
that’s just like a replica built version up there but lots of big stuff out here
let’s head towards front now getting ready to go in they do have a replica of
a command module there but yeah let’s go inside and see the front and get old
Neil Armstrong and his steps that’s gone second I got stopped here at the gate
you know I say NASA is always really good because they’re like they let you
share anything you want and here in Houston this is new pieces of what I
have in my hand I can bring in the cannon m50 is small enough that it is
allowed but the tripod that I’m holding and the microphone is not allowed here
I’ve never seen anything like this so I’m I’m gonna go back to the car I’m
gonna drop off pieces of the system we’re just not gonna have awesome audio
for this and stabilization as very weird I hope I hope this isn’t
gonna catch on I will do my best all right we’re inside NASA I’m excited
to explore they’ve even got a tram that’s gonna get us around later
let’s look inside the lobby here obviously I gotta find a magnet’s dude I
don’t have a whole lot of time to play in here because I got a tram ticket to
go over to the original Mission Control tour which should be kind of fun but
they they have some magnets and they have some gift stores some lunar modules
there it’s not actually very busy in here they’ve got some rides over here
some simulators and stuff you can ride and then have a really big lunar module
and kids play areas follow rocket check out those magnets first thing all right
got the magnet options here some lots of magnets I love space I don’t like that one I think since I
already got one of these in Florida I’m gonna go with this one
in Texas and we may actually have more time to explore this area but since
there’s tram openings let’s go get the good stuff out of the way and understand
that I can’t do anything about audio outside so if they’re talking here in
the tram tour I’m not even gonna try to film but it’s just gonna be sound the
entire time that’s really windy outside here this is their food court in here pretty cool it’s a moist day it’s not raining right
now here we go here’s my friends everybody say hi here we go this is control center heading on
upstairs to the original 1960s Mission Control Center stairs stairs stairs yeah yeah I’ll drink Collins in arms
room is everybody kind of dark in there we’re
gonna watch a movie so I got to turn the camera off for a little bit cigarettes
and ashtrays definitely the 60s so I couldn’t filmed during the demonstration
but they do this really cool shoe they basically do the entire 1969 you know
landing on the moon in here and you can’t pull your cameras away but at the
end of it they les show you part of the control room here okay a week you’re
coming down the ladder now and we’re riding the old-school tram back older
model all right one more tram ride for the day I’m gonna go ahead and see the
astronaut training facility and see some more indoor stuff so we’re gonna go on a little tour here
and see a working facility this is not a maka this is like real chair what again
going upstairs harmony we have in this room it’s a bunch of mock-up models and
they got all the different little like the living quarters that you’re gonna
use in space so the astronauts can can train in here and get used to the areas
and the space and all the buttons and everything so once your different
modules for training and it looks like the Zarya sunrise there collects some
magnets that’s pretty no they’re not magnets looks cool though also you’ll
notice that not all these are necessarily just American modules
there’s all the different countries astronauts can come in here as well get
that one down there it’s like living in a scamp trailer these are working
offices all sorts of computer gear over here we’ve got the fabric Department
some sewing machines and stuff to make repairs and stuff because they do have
to practice in all different parts of the shuttle so that’s what this is for
there’s the boolean Starliner down there and the Orion a lot of US tax dollars
down there guys we’ll be taking something like that to
Mars in about 15 years if you look on top of the blue boxes over there we’ve
got a bunch of different robotic vehicles for different terrains and some
robotic men down there sorry for the wind guys last stop is another outdoor
spot here rocket park we got a couple rockets to look at up close first of the
Little Joe to be p22 another one I don’t know what this one’s
called bro do you even horsepower I’m still kind of frustrated about not being
able to use my microphone like nothing I can do about it though just limit
outside stuff alright inside we have a Saturn five and it’s one of the only
functional ones takes up the entire building here yeah you almost have to stand next to it
so you can see how massive this thing hits
all right there’s some more thrusters they’re a tribute to Apollo 11 as well
as right over here Aldrin Collins and mr. Neil Armstrong you said you were safe look at all those detailed components in
there she hates all right we’re getting to the tip all
of about four inches to spare fitting in this building I remember those thrusters
on the movie they also even filled part of that movie Apollo 13 in different
buildings here in the Houston area so that so they could be more realistic so
that’s pretty cool that’s it last minute important details
to work out here and we can go inside that hmm he’s pretty good at that this is the crew quarters in here yep
they got to do their cardio in space and the ward room up there cozy the waste
management can pardon it yeah and that’s race leap and your space dentist office
in a 1975 docking and modular training take squeeze in there
one Apollo fuel cell both even if you wanna check titties
alright gonna go ahead back to the gamma which I got that Boeing 747 and Space
Shuttle one last time before we hit the road they have a lunar module cockpit
trainer here you can practice suspended here is the faith seven mercury nine
spacecraft loaned by Gordon Cooper in 1963 it is a very low light year
downstairs but lots to see the Apollo 17 command module and just take a peek in
here man Wow look at the door mechanism there space food major space steak your bag of
water but you don’t go to room 9 every space creams working on the moon
man and they got a lunar rover right there
head on into the lunar samples vault how big this thick this door is we can touch
some moon rock away from Apollo 17 in 1972 we touched it and they are still to
this day here at this facility testing moon rock and other chemicals and stuff and we’re going back outside we have to
still just ruining all my audio but can I do a big jet there let’s see how we
can get into the Boeing 747 yep go right up on inside first thing I’d do if this
was mine is I would remove the dinette and I guess you gotta have a workstation
get this power panel and the micro printer from the shuttle here’s the
flight deck how hard could be its construction manual be Oh am i never mind I don’t want to learn
all that that’s why you guys get paid the big bucks down there we’ve got the
satellite motor cradle it’s kind of like an Airstream on the inside instead it’s
a via air lock alright lastly before we exit we’re at
the front or the pressure dome a web-like structure is a pressure dome
technically called the aft pressure bulkhead and it looks like tin foil say
I don’t take you guys places and luckily they kept putting off the rain now it’s
not gonna hit till like 10:00 p.m. tonight so they want a possible rainy
day I put my head out we’re gonna try some astronaut ice cream it’s an
ice-cream sandwich I don’t know are you a laborer okay hey it actually looks
like an ice-cream sandwich it’s very lightweight take a look here oh it looks like a space ice-cream
sandwich that is so weird got the colors and everything in there it’s not quite
like normal a spring that’s really weird it literally tastes
like ice cream no good all right well had fun in there
learned a lot as a great extra piece to add to the Cape Canaveral stuff but I
just want to close this out before I go back out in the wind I’ll update you
when I get back to the RV though hey it’s still moist here in the Houston
Texas area had an absolute blast forgot to close out that video but had a lot of
fun at the NASA Houston Center so to mix that with the one over at Cape Canaveral
Florida I feel like I got the full experience but I still want to go to
like Washington DC eventually so I know they got some NASA stuff there
definitely I had a blast but I got to talking with my friends there and Bob’s
a cook and so he taught me some new ways to cook chicken and my veggies so really
excited to introduce that it’ll be fun but yeah the whole camera thing it keeps
catching me off guard and the more traveling I’m doing the more it’s
happening it’s like you can no longer use a normal camera the only thing you
can bring in anywhere is a cell phone and I don’t know I try to capture good
video and then it’s like the ten dollar tripod can’t come in and the microphone
can’t but the $1,200 camera is fine it’s like you’re it doesn’t make it keeps
happening so people keep calling stuff professional like like GoPros aren’t
allowed so many places now this is this is probably new you know to the last few
years more and more indoor place as a NASA of all people like they have
royalty-free videos everything on NASA is non copyright so the fact that
they’re limiting the amount of cameras and GoPros you can bring in it’s like
yeah but I can use any possible YouTube footage and not get in trouble from
nestlings that’s very weird but you should know that it’s going on and it is
frustrating as a Video Creator to continue to be turned down this is going
to kill my industry of vlogging everywhere I go you know again I’m
paying admission and you guys didn’t so you know maybe they’re just trying to
make it you can only shoot crummy cell phone video well it’s not always about
the equipment I can actually shoot pretty good video on a cell phone too
which I probably should have done now that I looked at the audio because
pretty much everything outdoors is ruined it is what it is so over here you
guys here my generator I have to run the generator that’s why I didn’t pull the
generator out when I got this massive solar system because you’re not gonna
always get Sun you may get days and days and days where the Sun doesn’t even come
out so and when that happens even me I’ve got to run the generator for four
or five hours just to top off my batteries for normal use it happens yeah
but what do I got going on for February I’m no longer buying tickets or planning
anything because anything outdoors can be canceled in Texas and you know we’re
getting that April shower much much earlier in Texas so I got to just play
everything by ear keeping a close eye on my stuff up in Livingston I can jet back
up there and then I have one big ticket for March rain or shine pretty much you
know okay some more Texas stuff coming I appreciate you guys being patient with
me maybe if I weren’t on a schedule I could just wait for a sunny nice day to
vlog but I got it I got to play with the weather a little bit I’ll show you
inside real quick I also have to run the air conditioned air today because it’s
78 degrees with rain and thunderstorms I can’t crack a window because they’ll
just get rainy in here so it’s just tricky sometimes it’s not that bad it’s
not that big a deal Jack’s man Jack’s man what do you do
when it rains you know just lounge around and call my servant whenever I
need something he’s pretty good at it and it’s kind of slow but you know works
NASCAR season is about in full bloom really really excited so yeah TV Netflix
video games a little bit editing here and there and waiting for the weather to
pass you guys take care of Jack’s and I’ll see you very soon

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100 thoughts on “Houston ~ NASA 1960’s Mission Control Tour, Training Facility & Rockets

  1. conspiracy theorists still think we didn't go to the moon – amazing. and some people think the earth is flat too – unbelievable. btw, you went inside the shuttle & saw the cockpit with all the instruments – well, yeah it's overwhelming, but the thing practically flys itself by computer. it's like on cruise control esp. for the re-entry/landing (I guess because everything that needed to be done could be programmed into the computer and handled that way & only if an emergency occurred would the astronauts need to intercede). this is cool stuff – I studied this in the late 70's early 80's as I was in the air force ROTC program at my high school – I actually did a report on the space shuttle including why it was the color it was (there's four types of protective layers – some are tiles, some are carbon reinforced, some are insulation) this covers the skin of the craft which is aluminum and they just are the color that they are and not painted the black and white color scheme that you see – it just worked out that way from the process by which they were manufactured.

  2. Hey, I thought you were going to try and lose a little weight. Looks like itโ€™s not working too well. Keep trying brother.

  3. #316 Good morning, Eric. This was special, to visit the NASA Space Control! Yes smoking was allowed at the Center and everyone lit them up if you had them. I watch Walter Cronkite present details of the pre-launch back in the 1960's. Alan Shepard, John Glenn, and the Original Seven. Someday, people will assemble a large research Star Ship to start exploring our Solar System. Yup! The time is near, the future is here!

  4. I got a question for you do you follow the Seattle dragons of the XFL or the Houston roughnecks of the XFL by the way nice digital recording

  5. I've never been to NASA. Thanks for taking me on the tour! Now I don't have to get out in the wind and rain LOL Just so you know it only rains there when Nomadic Fanatic is in the area.

  6. Great video. I love anything NASA. I thought the video was fine quality. A little wind noise isnโ€™t that bad. I know youโ€™re the professional but as a lay person, it was great.

  7. unfortunately bad Youtubers and Instagramers are messing everything up… I was at the Grand Canyon and some Insta Hoe was doing semi naked "shoot" and the Rangers had to shoo them off…

  8. Last time I was there they did not have the trams and it was free and you walk all over the place except a few restricted areas. Great video despite the camera gear restrictions.

  9. I really wish people would take a First Aid class.
    I would add a small tablet and pen. To write down info. The who,what, where,when and why. The more info you have you can pass it on if need be.

  10. As has been mentioned Eric you also need to go to the Marshall Center in Huntsville, AL. There is a third Saturn-5 rocket there as well. The one there in Houston is the only one of the three that is "flight ready" though as it was supposed to take Apollo 18 to the Moon. The other two are partial builds with mock up parts to make them look complete.

  11. That was a fabulous tour, parts gave me goose bumps!! Thanks for taking me along!! Happy trails Eric! A belly rub for Jax!

  12. Just a wonderful trip through the Houston NASA Space Center you took us on…..thank you! The sound and camera were fine…..your charming personality made everything right! I just added that Space Center to my bucket list. Thanks for sharing Jax with us, too!

  13. Nah, Houston doesn't hate ya, it just wants to make you feel like you're at home! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Very cool video, Eric! I lived 10 miles from Cape Canaveral and enjoyed launches from there, and felt a few failures, too. One of the Titan rocket launches exploded about 60 seconds into the launch and shook the whole house. I've always wanted to visit NASA in Houston, so now you have me making it a bucket list thing! ๐Ÿ˜€

  14. They don't want you carrying around a huge camera rig. I remember going to Notre Dame 40 years ago and they rules were no flash, and no tripods. Your camera rig is enormous, a relatively large camera, a mic almost bigger than the camera and an enormous gymbal. If it were crowded and/or busy, you would be impacting on every person around you. I can see where they would want to restrict the size of the camera rig, and they do that by restricting certain accessories.

    And, having said all that, the video was great. At least you didn't leave all the wind noise in their to annoy us.

    Plus, there are some things that should be experienced, and you don't fully experience them when you are worried about getting it on video. Enjoy the moment, the video was great.

  15. So sad Eric, Washington State skipped winter this year 2020. All the rain you experience in the desert states is to remind you that you belong to Washington โ€ผ๏ธ๐Ÿ™ƒ

  16. You're the best. So we all know that you expect to give us the best. I don't believe you can even do mediocre. I come here because you care about the content you give us and the fact that you're here and so is Jax. You couldn't drive me from your channel. And I know there's others who feel the same way. Blessings to you both.

  17. Ever since I was a kid, following all the Apollo missions, watching the first steps on the moon on TV, I always wanted to go here. Thanks for taking me. ~Joyce

  18. Really enjoyable day and tour. Real cool to see the control room. Your video was fine both picture and sound. Lots of fun. Iโ€™ve had the freeze dried food before. Not too bad.

  19. Thanks great video. I never complain of your videos. ALWAYS GREAT ERIC. Enjoyed very much HOUSTON Space center. Good for you gen is working. I would never remove a generator unless replacing or it's completely dead of old age. Hope sunshine returns. Oklahoma coool, cloudy too. Safe travels๐ŸŒž

  20. That Saturn V sat outside for years and rotted. It took years to get back in shape and into that building. That is a model of Skylab (or a spare that never went), our very first space station in the mid 70s. Took the last Saturn V to get it into orbit. Was supposed to stay up into the 80s and be lifted back up (before it burnt up and fell back to earth) by the Space Shuttle. The Space Shuttle ran late and that was the end of Skylab. Big hunks of it fell on Australia. Video was pretty good. Thanks!

  21. Tell those in charge of limiting video access that you are free advertising. We may see your video and plan a visit for ourselves. I'm planning to stop by Dollywood. Didn't know where it was in the states, but now I've had a tour thanks to your video.

  22. Eric Iโ€™m one of those people that think weโ€™ve never been to space. Youโ€™d think after all the times we have allegedly been there we would have a decent crisp picture of earth from afar but there are none in existence! After seeing all those mock modules I think thatโ€™s where they are actually filming what we see. Lol

  23. 13:00 "The first thing I would do if this was mine….I would remove the dinette." ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  24. Enjoyed the video. Didn't think the audio was that horrible. What was worse for me was all the screaming kids in the back ground. You must have a really good heart to be able to put up with that because it would drive me nuts.

  25. The audio wasn't bad at all. Thanks for going there. I was just there in June & we just didn't have time to get there. I so remember where I was on July 20, 1969. It was and is my birthday.

  26. another reason to never want to live in Houston..its either hot and humid or its rainy. They have like 3 days of good weather a year.

  27. You and Jacob the Carpetbagger were posting Houston Texas videos at the same time, would be interesting if yโ€™all ran into each other while out and about

  28. Hey Eric. DC is loaded with space and areo stuff NATIONAL AIR SPACE. MUSEUM IS EPIC ON THE MALL AND THE UDAZY RESTO FACILITY IS AWESUM..๐ŸŽ‡ WORTH THE TRIP

  29. It's the government; you didn't expect they would be "reasonable" did you (re the camera equipment)? LOL. I think that it is truly stupid for these locations to discourage or prohibit audio/visual recording. Good video. Safe travels.

  30. I liked this video. We did the tour in Florida and loved it. The video was just fine. Glad you enjoyed the day.
    Washington….oh goodness yes. Go there – lots to see so plan more than one day!! Safe travels

  31. Looking at the list of prohibited items I don't think it's about the image quality. I think it's more about items that can be weapons, look like weapons or can contain weapons and also about intruding on other's enjoyment of the exhibits. Things like flashes and light bars are annoying to others. The one I don't get is the ban on action cameras. Not sure what that's about. 13:41 "Kinda like an Airstream" that was funny.

  32. First of all: I totally said to myself (out loud), "I wonder if they filmed some scenes here?" Welp, you answered that one. Then, when you said "were getting to the tip," I said out loud: "that's what she said." OMG,,,I need to get out more! LOL -Good video, shared with my dad who worked on the space shuttle when based out in CA. He worked on Challenger (yes the one that blew up.) I got to see "some" of where he worked when visiting him but other places were classified or off limits.

  33. The reason they wont let you film the landing
    (you would think…they'd want everyone to see it?)
    is because it was 'fake'
    Theres no stars on that video. They forgot to fake that part! Supposedly all shot on
    Antartica, but who knows… all I know is after taking in all possible info. It never happened the way I (and the world) was swindled on tv in 1969.

  34. Nice – need to go to Johnson Space Center myself. Did you ever stop at the Stennis Space Center which shares an exit with that awesome Mississippi welcome center at the LA border? Someone mentioned that as well as the discovery center next door as great places to visit. Maybe next time on I-10!

  35. Brought back a lot of memories from when I was in the Air Force stationed at JSC for "5 years" back in 1984. Hated the weather in Houston, but got to meet Sally Ride when she was training for her first flight on the Space Shuttle, so it was worth it. I worked with some guys who had been there since the Mercury program days. Also, dinosaurs still roamed the earth, which kept down the number of tourists! Thanks for the memories!

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