HOUSTON (we have a problem)

Okay I know we’ve had some problems in the past, Houston TX but now all is forgiven.  A fan who works at NASA’s Johnson Space Center offered us a VIP tour of the facility this morning, and we took full advantage.  Here are the top 5 things I learned about NASA today:


1.  Being in space is a lot like being on a tour bus.  You sleep in these little coffin-sized spaces, you Instagram pics of yourself and then everyone thinks your life is awesome, there’s nowhere for your pee and poo to go when you flush, and if you get sick of someone else traveling with you TOO BAD they’re about a foot and a half away from you, and they know what you’re thinking.

2.  NASA wants you to know they are still there, and it is the job of rock n roll bands like ours to spread the word.  Ever since the Space Shuttle was k’bosh’d in 2011 people think they fell off the map when really they go to Mars ‘n shit.  We go to Dallas on Friday.

3.  Luke asks the hard-hitting questions:

4.  Beginning in 1998, they’ve assembled their International Space Station piece by piece WHILE IN SPACE, Gravity style.   Think about that.  It’s hard to do that.  You gotta dock your Russian Soyuz rocketship first.

5.  The “water reclamation” system used in space means you kind of drink your pee.  They didn’t outright say it, but I was picking up what they were putting down.

Here are some bonus pics.  The first one is of the crazy ‘bots that roam on the planets.  The second one is Luke, standing in the actual control center where they landed a guy on the moon in 1969.  It looks like a room from the 60’s because it is one.  I had a sip from the water fountain and the tour guide lady said DON’T DRINK THAT WATER!




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4 responses to “HOUSTON (we have a problem)

  1. Linda D

    This is awesome. I wish I worked somewhere cool to warrant a tour with you guys. I actually wish I could have just come along on this tour. See you in Austin tonight!

  2. JBD

    Great show and great crowd last night. Happy to hear y’all are back on good terms with Houston. Sorry Ryan missed the NASA tour, but that was one hell of a story.
    Fondly, one of those people from Jewish summer camp

  3. “You sleep in these little coffin-sized spaces.” That description, along with my total lack of discernible musical talent, is precisely why I’m not in a band. 🙂

  4. Dan

    So hey! My (late) grandpa was involved with the ’69 moon landing, and it is SUPER cool to see Luke there, and to see the room at all!

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