NASA [National Aeronautics Space Administration] is an independent agency of the executive branch of the United States federal government responsible for the civilian space program as well as aeronautics aerospace research.
Our school had organised an educational tour to NASA. We were taken to the Kennedy Space Centre which is a training centre which has launch pads for rockets. Most of the rockets were launched from NASA which is used to carry out different missions.
We were taught about different parts of the rockets and their functioning. We also acquired knowledge about the lifestyle of astronauts in space and the food they eat. We participated in many activities like building a Bridge using plastic sticks, constructing a parachute using an egg, four cotton balls, a paper cup and a plastic bag. We were also educated about the transmission of data from one spaceship to another. Building a bridge was done to understand the capacity of the bridge and how with the same concept the astronauts manage the spaceship. We were also engaged in an activity where we had to climb a ladder and manage our body weight but in space we cannot feel our weight so our weight while climbing the ladder was balanced with standard weights.
This was done to understand how to have control on our body. There was a competition conducted between our school and a school from Chennai. We were challenged to make a parachute and the bridge. We were made to experience the feeling of how the astronauts in space feel when they visit for the first time.
Our training at the Kennedy Space Centre was a three days training where we also got the opportunity to have lunch with an astronaut named Mr. Jack Swiggert who went to space on Apollo 12.
Overall it was an amazing and a wonderful experience to visit NASA and we received a lot of education about aeronautics.