Sunday, October 31, 2010

Florida Stuff 9

What's that?       It's the space shuttle Discovery.
Where's it going?                   It's going to the ISS.
    When's it going?             It's going to lift off Wednesday.
Why's it going?         It's going to meet the ISS   
How's it going?                   It uses a big rocket.

That's a very nice picture of the launch site
 at night. This time it will launch during the day.
The countdown for Wednesday has begun.


Who are they?     That's the crew of Discovery.
How many of them are there?     There are six.
What are they wearing?    Those are spacesuits.
Who's the commander?     He's the man in front.

Here comes the crew! Yea, go Discovery go!
All six astronauts are Americans. 

What's this called?                   It's the launch.
How fast does Discovery go?   It goes very fast.
How high will it go?                 Discovery will go very high.
Is it loud?                                Yes, the lift off is noisy.
Do many people see it?            Yes, many people go to watch.

The lift off is very impressive.
It's noisy and it happens very fast.
I like it a lot. It's very exciting.

What's that thing?                 It's the ISS.
Discovery will land there?        No, it will dock there.
What does the ISS need?         It needs spare parts.
Is that all it needs?    No, the crew also need food & water.
Will Discovery stay there?  No, it will come home.

There are people waiting for the shuttle.
Some are Americans and some are Russians.
ISS means International Space Station.


What's happened?        The shuttle doors have opened.
How do they do it?       Discovery uses a robotic arm.
How long will it take?   It will take several hours.
How long will they be at the ISS?  They will stay several days.

That a nice picture. It was taken from the ISS.
This is the most dangerous part of the mission.

What happened now?    The shuttle left the ISS.
Where's it going to?       It's coming back home.
Where will it land?         It's going to land in Florida.
What if there's a hurricane?   It can also land in California.
Did you forget anything?       I forgot my car keys. Just joking.

Goodbye ISS, see you next time.
The next shuttle to visit will be 'Endeavor'.


There's no reason to ask you. That's Florida.
Yes, this is the view coming home. This is the last flight of Discovery.
After, Discovery will become a museum attraction.
People will be able to come and visit Discovery.

Thank you Discovery. It's been fun to watch you.
Good luck!!!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

What's that flower called?




What's your favorite?

Have a nice day!!!

Discovery is Ready!!!

Discovery stands ready for lift off! Saturday morning 8:00am

Discovery Crew

Meet astronaut Benjamin Alvin Drew, jr.

Ben, may I call you 'Ben'? He's from Washington DC.
He's a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy.
Ben is an exprienced jet pilot. Also, it's not his first time in space.
He was on STS 118 in 2007.
Good Luck, Ben!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Astronaut Nicole Scott speaks to the Media

Hi, Nicole. Good Luck!

Please meet Nicole Scott. Nicole is from Albany, New York.
She is a graduate of Central Florida University!!!
Yes, a Floridian! Nicole is an exprienced astronaut.
Yes, she's done this before.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Discovery information

Space Shuttle Discovery
What, Where, When, Why, How

What?   Space Shuttle mission # 133.
Where?  Lift off from Cape Canaveral
When?   Monday, November 1st
Why?    Deliveries to the International Space Station
How?    A very big rocket

Meet the crew #1 (the captain of a space shuttle is called a commander)

Commander Steven W. Lindsey

Much, much more to come. Have a great day!!!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

November 1st

November 1st

The last flight of Discovery.

Good luck Discovery!!!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Hognose Snake

The picture below is of a King Cobra.
This snake is not native to Florida.
It's native to India.
If it's not a Florida snake,
why are you writting about it?
I will tell you why.
The snake below is a Hognose snake.
It's native to Florida.
When threatened this snake will mimic a Cobra.
What's mimic mean?
The Hognose will imitate the behavior of a
King Cobra to scare off attackers.
Unlike the Cobra, the Hognose isn't venomous.
But it wants you to think it is.

That's not all the Hognose does.
It also plays dead.
The snake in this picture isn't dead.
Once again, he wants you to think he is.
The Hognose will also release a foul odor.
This snake has an interesting way of defending itself.
However, I have a question. How did the snake learn this?
There are no Cobras in Florida.
What do you think?

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Florida Stuff 8

What kind of a spaceship is that?     It's an exprimental orbital spacecraft.
What company makes it?                It's made by Virgin Galactic.
Does this ship fly now?                   No, this one will be ready next year.
Where did it take off from?             It was the Mojave desert.
Is that in California?                       Yes, that's right.

This spacecraft is still in the testing phase. It will be ready for passengers next year.
 It will cost a lot of money to ride in it. This is the start of the commercial space business.
Is this a monster?   Some people think so.
What kind of fish is it?    It's a barracuda.
Do they attack?  Yes, sometimes they do.
What should I do?   Avoid wearing shiny objects.
Is this fish good to eat?    Yum,yum, yes it is. 

The barracuda is a sleek and fast predator.   
It's mostly a scavenger but sometimes it hunts.
The barracuda can be dangerous.
If you see it, leave it alone.
But if you catch it, we'll have a BBQ. 

Where's Harry Potter?    He's at Universal Studios.
What city is it in?   It's in Or-lan-do, Florida. 
Are his friends there?    Yes, all his friends are there.
Have you read his books?   Yes, I have.
Have you ever seen one of the movies?  No, I haven't.

Harry Potter world opened this past June.
It already has been a success. It's located
in Universal Studios, Orlando, Florida.
There are many things to see and do there.
I want to go to the water parks at
Universal Studios.

What year is this picture?  It's the year 1513.
Who's that guy in the green shirt?    That's Ponce de Leon.
Who are the other people?   They are Florida Native Americans.
What are they talking about?  They are talking about fishing.
Why's this important?  That man discovered Florida.

It was April 2nd, 1513 when Ponce de Leon
sailing from Puerto Rico
landed in Florida near present day NASA.
Did they know the native language?
I wonder how they communicated.
Ponce named the 'island' La Florida.
That means 'Land of Flowers'.

First Flight

The 'Wright Brothers'. First flight, 1903, Kitty Hawk, NC

Have a nice day!!! 

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Sunday Morning Flowers

Which do you like best?




Have a nice day!!!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Friday Morning

A What's that? It's a.....

What's this on the Passionflower? You should know this one.

What's that on the pink Hibiscus? That's a yellow butterfly.

Who's that waiting for me? It's my fishing buddy.
He's a great Blue heron.
 Sorry but my blog wasn't working for a few days.
Thank you.

Have a Great day!!!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Pre-historic Florida animals

Wooly Mammoth

Giant Camel
Saber-tooth Tiger

Giant Chupacabra

Giant Armadillo

Have a nice day!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

I gotta new camera

Have a nice day!!!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Sunday Flowers



Have a nice day!!!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Florida Animals

Do you remember these animals?

Which one is not native to Florida?

A  Mmmmm...some kind of turtle.

Are they Gators or Crocs?

Yuck! It needs a bath and a good scrubbing

Watch out for this one.

Is this a vegetable?

He doesn't look happy to see us.

"Who? Who? Who? Who? Who?"

Have a nice day!!!