Rocket Engines at The NASA Infinity Center

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A Break On A Long Road Trip

While on a long drive from Florida to Southern California, we were starting to get pretty tired. You know the feeling - the one where you head starts to dip and and come to the realization that if you don't stop soon something bad could happen.

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I have to admit, there have been a few times during this long drives that I've waited a bit too long to stop!

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With no rest area in sight, we noticed a sign for the Infinity Science Center. Neither of us had ever heard of it, so we thought perhaps it was a good place to take a break.

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Besides, I don't know how many other interesting places that we were going to pass by driving through rural Mississippi.

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Sadly, we were so tired and rushed that we really didn't have the time nor energy to tour the inside the facility, but there were quite a few interesting items on display outside.

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I remember the weather being nice anyway and we were already sick of being stuck in the car.

It's crazy how much technology is involved to burn fuel in a controlled way.

I'd hate to be anywhere near these things once they start spewing out fire. The amount of fuel that they burn up in an instant is just incredible!

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Sometimes when you things on a screen you can't quite appreciate the size of them - big or small. I have heard it said that without contrast there can be no perception. It makes sense to me!

Amanda standing next to a rocket engine for size comparison

There were quite a few boats and buoys on display as well. I didn't stop and read the information about them so I don't really know any details.

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I also found myself thinking about how much better it will be once we can get things into space in a more efficient manner than by exploding 1000s of gallons of finite liquid fuel. But regardless, what a marvel of technology!

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We noticed this bus pull up while we were walking around. I think there must be some kind of tour that you can take. Perhaps the facility extends beyond what we were able to see just walking around.

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So that was a fun little stop. I am guessing that we must have been there for about 45 minutes.

Me with my two dogs who passed of away of old age a year apart. I miss them!

I think that this might be a fun place to check out if ever in Pearlington, Mississippi for whatever reason. Especially if you are driving through it is a very welcome stop; knowing that there isn't much around for miles!

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That´s what I call an engine. Need that one on my Honda CRV 😂

Haha, that would be interesting to see.

Awesome shots! This looks like a really cool place to visit. I know when I was in Florida as a kid we watched one of the space shuttles take off from our campground I think. It was a pretty cool experience.

The coolest thing happened here literally right outside of our house. They were driving the space shuttle after its final flight through town on it's way to a museum. We were taking a nap and missed it! All we had to do was walk out on the porch!

We ended up seeing it later in a museum, though. I should find those photos and post about it.

Oh wow! That would have been awesome!

Very cool Rick, you always find really interesting places to visit 😀

By the way, I need a new Vacuum Cleaner , Top photo looks perfect 🤣

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