February 24th, 2013 (04:04 pm)
i am here: United States, California, South Pasadena
feelin' : excited
Yesterday (February 23, 2013), Cynlee and I went to the California ScienCenter. We saw a lot of neat stuff, but by far and away the coolest thing we saw was the actual Space Shuttle Endeavour. It was absolutely unreal; I mean seriously, it didn't feel real.
I walked around the exhibit, snapping photos and thinking "this is pretty cool, ooh I touched a tire that was in space!" but not really excited.
Then I saw the shuttle itself.
I am not ashamed to say I went all fangirl. Bouncing around, squealy and excited. It was seriously so cool. If you ever get the chance to see the shuttle in person, you've got to do it. It's a very strange feeling, too, seeing something so big and knowing it's flown in space. I wanted to touch it, had a serious urge to, but alas it was mounted out of reach.
After the shuttle, we went through the Ecosystems exhibits, which was also really cool. It has lots of subexhibits based on different ecosystems, such as Island, Kelp Forest & Polar (you can read about them on the website linked). Island and Kelp Forest were my favorite, especially Kelp Forest.
They have a huge aquarium open to the sky at the surface, lots of great fish (including a great big California Halibut and a young giant sea bass, plus several small species of shark). There was a touch tank, and I touched a sea cucumber (omg it was so soft!), an anemone (I couldn't even feel it, lol) and a starfish (rough lil' guy). There's a tide pool that goes up and down to simulate tides which is pretty trippy to watch. And we watched the diving demonstration and watched them feed the fish.
We also checked out the other space exhibit on the other side of the museum (I guess technically they're both part of the same exhibit), which had an Apollo capsule, some training spacesuits and lots of other neat spaces stuff, like models of satellites.
Also I had a Shamrock Shake on the way home. XD
All in all, it was a really fun day and I'm really glad Cynlee talked me into getting out of the house. :)