Grapevine’s NASA Blast gibes close-up look at space flight

Posted Tuesday, Jul. 09, 2013  comments  Print Reprints
If you go NASA Blast: Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau 636 S. Main St. Free.

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Ever since Americans Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon on July 21, 1969, many have dreamed of following in their footsteps — at least in spirit.

The City of Grapevine pays tribute to the space program with Grapevine NASA Blast, the newest exhibit at the Grapevine Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The free exhibit, which runs through Aug. 25, features more than 100 items on loan from NASA, including an original Apollo spacesuit and a model space shuttle.

The event was designed to capture the imagination of young astronauts by providing a look at space exploration and NASA’s impact on today’s society.

The Loya family from Longview was visiting Grapevine when they happened upon NASA Blast.

Marcos Jr., 8, and Joana, 5, both expressed an interest in space, with the elder sibling saying he enjoyed planets, the moon and stars.

“I wanted to be a teacher, but now I want to be an astronaut,” said his sister, Joana.

Anna and Brian Brissman of Fort Worth snapped photographs of their two-year-old son, Alexander, as he poked his face out of a cardboard cutout of a spacesuit.

“I’m a fan of space stuff and it is the hope of a parent that their child shares that interest. We just want him to experience as much as he can,” said Brian Brissman, who was sporting a NASA T-Shirt.

For Dick and Anne Brost of St. Petersburg, Fla., the exhibit was a walk down memory lane. In the 1950s and beyond, Anne taught school near the Kennedy Space Center “when the whole space thing generally started.”

“At night you could go down on the beach and see the launches,” Anne Brost recalled.

This exhibit is open from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays, and is part of Grapevine’s 5th Annual SummerBlast, with events planned through Labor Day weekend.

Marty Sabota, 817-390-7367

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