Since we already had the tickets, and neither Doc nor I had been to the exhibit, we decided to go anyhow. As we drove down there, I asked the Angels for an appropriate person to use the extra ticket. I couldn’t figure out how that would occur since most visitors attend along with several other persons. A single 10:15 a.m. shuttle tour with 12:30 iMAX show ticket was not likely to be easily matched up exactly with some other families’ plans.
Doc and I arrived early. The ticket booth was not yet open. There was a nice looking guy standing around patiently waiting. I asked him if he was needing a ticket? He cautiously answered yes. I asked him if he was alone and needing only one ticket? He probably was a little unsure of my intentions at that point. He confirmed he needed just one ticket. I said, “Well if you are interested in a 10:15 tour with the 12:30 movie, this ticket is yours!” He looked perplexed. I told him we had a third person in our group who was unable to make it today. He thanked me and offered to pay for the ticket. I replied, “Pay It Forward. And when you do -- say it is for Sasha”. Then I turned to walk away.
Since there were still 30 minutes until the museum opened, I turned back and introduced myself to Terry. Then I told him more about Sasha as well as the Project. I asked Terry to enjoy his day on behalf of Sasha. We saw Terry two other times throughout the day as we were touring. He said he was very much enjoying the shuttle exhibit.
|Merging of Galaxies|
The 3D iMAX Movie on the Hubble Telescope was breathtaking. The numbers of galaxies and the distances (in light years) of the various new discoveries were mind boggling! There were views of the Earth in the background as the astronauts were conducting Hubble repairs and upgrades. At one point I almost laughed in thinking about our man-made “borders” and the way we think about other countries and cultures. How very petty it all seems. Sasha’s denied visa, our everyday activities (some which we consider crises), romantic affairs, financial affairs, and international affairs seem absolutely trivial when seen through the vastness of space.