Space Center Houston – Houston Vacations

Space Center Houston, the official visitors center for NASA’s Johnson Space Center, is the only place on earth where guests can embark on an out-of-this-world journey through human adventures in space.

Space Center Houston features a multitude of permanent exhibits, attractions and theaters. In addition, the venue presents an array of traveling exhibits and events created exclusively by Space Center Houston’s creative exhibit team.

NEW: The space shuttle replica Independence is now on display at Space Center Houston. The 122-foot, 130,000-pound wooden replica was restored so the public can go inside the capsule and it’s NASA 747 carrier aircraft as part of a behind-the-scenes look at life inside a space shuttle, an experience only available at Space Center Houston.

Both the shuttle and carrier feature interior exhibits featuring the flight deck and cockpit of the shuttle, astronaut living quarters mid-deck, history on the development of the shuttle program, and how the carrier aircraft docks with shuttles. Visitors walking through the payload bay even get to see a recently returned artifact from STS-49, a space satellite rescue mission.

Independence Plaza is the worlds first and only shuttle/carrier replica open to the public. The exhibit is the largest project Space Center Houston has taken on since it was founded in 1992. Along with original artifacts and history, the complex offers educational workshops and problem-solving activities for those interested in science, mathematics, and engineering careers. At the final leg, guests can watch a film covering the history of space shuttle program as well as a special tribute to the crew members of the Challenger and Columbia missions.

Visitors to Space Center Houston can experience the monumental exhibit at no extra charge as part of museum general admission. Timed ticketing will ensure that a manageable number of guests can access the shuttles smaller space at different intervals.

Permanent Exhibits Blast Off Blast-Off is an unparalleled multi-media sensory experience. Visitors encounter a dramatic high-definition audio/video extravaganza culminating in a dynamic space shuttle blast off.

Living in Space Living in Space is a hands-on exhibit where guests can test their skills at landing the shuttle or retrieving a satellite through interactive computer simulators. A Mission Briefing Officer receives help from an audience participant in a live presentation showing how astronauts handle daily activities like showering, sleeping and preparing meals in space.

The NASA Tram Tour With this behind-the-scenes journey through NASA’s Johnson Space Center, you may visit the Historic Mission Control Center, the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility or the current Mission Control Center. Before returning to Space Center Houston, you can visit the “all new” Saturn V Complex at Rocket Park. Occasionally, the tour may visit other facilities, such as the Sonny Carter Training Facility or Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory. You may even get to see astronauts training for upcoming missions.

The Astronaut Gallery This unparalleled exhibit features spacesuits dating back to the first American trip to space and a wall that contains portraits and crew photos of every U.S. astronaut who has flown in space.

Mission Status Mission briefing officers provide live updates on current space flights and astronaut training activities. Guests can listen to communications between Mission Control and astronaut crews aboard the space shuttle. A live video shows a behind-the-scenes view of activities in the Johnson Space Center and a satellite link of a shuttle launch via Kennedy Space Center of Florida.

The Martian Matrix Four stories of out-of-this-world fun for kids, Pepsi’s Martian Matrix is an action-packed play area with a space theme. Slides, swings and foam ball battles are just a few of the featured activities.

Kids Space Place Interactive stations and themed areas give children a chance to explore and investigate the different aspects of space exploration. Jumping on the Moon, manning the space shuttle, building a rocket and flying in space are all a part of the growing exhibit.

Starship Gallery On Human Destiny is shown in the Starship Gallery, which highlights great moments in space exploration. The gallery contains artifacts and hardware from the Mercury program through Apollo-Soyuz, including a special Lunar Vault. The New Explorers video wall shares the visions of today’s NASA engineers and scientists.

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New Jersey Shore – A Guide Serving Jersey Shore Towns

New Jersey Shore (Jersey shore to the natives)

A walk along the beach at sunrise.

A bike ride on the boardwalk.

Sticky buns with your morning coffee.

The best restaurants, unlimited nightlife, bars for every age and every budget.

Party Boats leaving the Marina at 6AM sharp…(Maybe Ill take the afternoon boat.)

The beach house of your dreams just showed up in Real estate for sale.

Bed and breakfasts that serve a real breakfast.

Golf, tennis, camping, State and Federal Parks

Sailing from the local Marina.

Do any words come to mind?

The New Jersey Shore.

Welcome to the New Jersey Shore.

The cute little blue fellow at the right is NewJerseyShore.coms mascot, Darwin the Dolphin. Darwin has been navigating the waters along the New Jersey Shore for more years than hed like to admit he could take you from Sandy Hook to Cape May with his eyes closed and one fin tied behind his back. We like to think of him as our New Jersey Shore Compass.

Navigate the New Jersey Shore from any town’s home page by simply clicking on the town name at one of the four points on the compass and let Darwin be your tour guide. He’ll show you the best maps, beach badge info, real estate listings, restaurant guides and recreation ideas anywhere on the New Jersey Shore.

The compass above is just an example. Once you enter a town’s home page, Darwin will always display the New Jersey Shore town sites as follows:

Try out Darwin on any of our town websites today. Have fun!

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Space Center Houston – Visit Houston Texas

Space Center Houston, the official visitors center for NASA’s Johnson Space Center, is the only place on earth where guests can embark on an out-of-this-world journey through human adventures in space.

Space Center Houston features a multitude of permanent exhibits, attractions and theaters. In addition, the venue presents an array of traveling exhibits and events created exclusively by Space Center Houston’s creative exhibit team.

NEW: The space shuttle replica Independence is now on display at Space Center Houston. The 122-foot, 130,000-pound wooden replica is being restored so the public can go inside the capsule and it’s NASA 747 carrier aircraft as part of a behind-the-scenes look at life inside a space shuttle, an experience only available at Space Center Houston. The exhibit is currently under construction and will be open to the public January 23, 2016. Guests can currently see the outside of the replica, which is positioned in front of the Space Center building.

Both the shuttle and carrier will feature interior exhibits featuring the flight deck and cockpit of the shuttle, astronaut living quarters mid-deck, history on the development of the shuttle program, and how the carrier aircraft docks with shuttles. Visitors walking through the payload bay will even get to see a recently returned artifact from STS-49, a space satellite rescue mission.

Independence Plaza will be the worlds first and only shuttle/carrier replica open to the public when it debuts January 23. The exhibit is the largest project Space Center Houston has taken on since it was founded in 1992. Along with original artifacts and history, the complex will offer educational workshops and problem-solving activities for those interested in science, mathematics, and engineering careers. At the final leg, guests will see a film covering the history of space shuttle program as well as a special tribute to the crew members of the Challenger and Columbia missions.

Visitors to Space Center Houston can experience the monumental exhibit at no extra charge as part of museum general admission. Timed ticketing will ensure that a manageable number of guests can access the shuttles smaller space at different intervals.

Permanent Exhibits Blast Off Blast-Off is an unparalleled multi-media sensory experience. Visitors encounter a dramatic high-definition audio/video extravaganza culminating in a dynamic space shuttle blast off.

Living in Space Living in Space is a hands-on exhibit where guests can test their skills at landing the shuttle or retrieving a satellite through interactive computer simulators. A Mission Briefing Officer receives help from an audience participant in a live presentation showing how astronauts handle daily activities like showering, sleeping and preparing meals in space.

The NASA Tram Tour With this behind-the-scenes journey through NASA’s Johnson Space Center, you may visit the Historic Mission Control Center, the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility or the current Mission Control Center. Before returning to Space Center Houston, you can visit the “all new” Saturn V Complex at Rocket Park. Occasionally, the tour may visit other facilities, such as the Sonny Carter Training Facility or Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory. You may even get to see astronauts training for upcoming missions.

The Astronaut Gallery This unparalleled exhibit features spacesuits dating back to the first American trip to space and a wall that contains portraits and crew photos of every U.S. astronaut who has flown in space.

Mission Status Mission briefing officers provide live updates on current space flights and astronaut training activities. Guests can listen to communications between Mission Control and astronaut crews aboard the space shuttle. A live video shows a behind-the-scenes view of activities in the Johnson Space Center and a satellite link of a shuttle launch via Kennedy Space Center of Florida.

The Martian Matrix Four stories of out-of-this-world fun for kids, Pepsi’s Martian Matrix is an action-packed play area with a space theme. Slides, swings and foam ball battles are just a few of the featured activities.

Kids Space Place Interactive stations and themed areas give children a chance to explore and investigate the different aspects of space exploration. Jumping on the Moon, manning the space shuttle, building a rocket and flying in space are all a part of the growing exhibit.

Starship Gallery On Human Destiny is shown in the Starship Gallery, which highlights great moments in space exploration. The gallery contains artifacts and hardware from the Mercury program through Apollo-Soyuz, including a special Lunar Vault. The New Explorers video wall shares the visions of today’s NASA engineers and scientists.

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Neumann University director headed to the Vatican

By Kathleen Carey

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ASTON >> When the Church and Sport seminar convenes at the Vatican in May, Neumann University director Lee DelleMonache will be among the 100 athletes, coaches, university professors and faculty and sports missionaries and experts from around the globe to attend.

DelleMonache, director of the Neumann University Institute for Sport, Spirituality and Character Development since 2013, will attend the “Coaches: Educating People” conference at the Vatican on May 14-15, as part of an initiative launched by John Paul II 10 years ago to examine the integration of sports and faith.

“It’s such an immense, immense privilege to go to a seminar sponsored by the Vatican,” DelleMonache shared. “I want to be fully present for those two days and soak it all in and bring back the wonderful things that people are doing all over the world.”

DelleMonache said her trip to Rome began about a month or so when Michael Galligan-Stierle, president of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, visited the Delaware County campus with the Rev. Friedrich Bechina, Undersecretary of the Pontifical Congregation for Catholic Education.

During their visit, they met DelleMonache in Neumann’s Mirenda Center for Sport, Spirituality and Character Development.

There, she told them about the institute’s purpose to transform perspectives, inspire behavior and deepen awareness of self, others and God through the chaplain’s program, the leadership development program and digital content highlighting positive sports stories.

“We have the privilege of shining the light on the positive things,” DelleMonache said. Giving examples such as Cincinatti Bengals wide receiver Devon Still’s experience with his 4-year-old daughter’s struggle with neuroblastoma, she said sports can be more than the latest domestic violence or DUI incident. “With the digital content, we just try to draw attention to these wonderful stories and sports.”

While on their tour, Bechina said to DelleMonache, “Well, you’ll be in Rome in May.”

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Dylan Moran: Panel shows I have an absolute horror of those

Dylan Moran, photographed in the Lake District for the Observer. Photograph: Gary Calton

Dylan Moran is an energetic man. When we speak, hes whizzing around the Lake District trying out material (to scare myself) before he embarks on his extensive Off the Hook tour. But the one place you wont find him is on any kind of panel show. Maybe its because hes Irish, he explains, but he just cant abide what he sees as a peculiarly British trait: Theres an institutionalised love of games, an institutionalised passion for parlour games, a kind of ludic obsession with passing time in a non-threatening way. And that just gives me the screaming heebie-jeebies, the vapours; it makes me want to shriek, running over the hills, picking up my clothes. I have an absolute horror of that people sitting around on the radio making puns; the panel shows where you get a load of blokes who are trying to out-monkey each other, and the room is throbbing with testosterone and hatred for other people and for themselves. I cannot take it.

Lucky, then, that the 43-year-old comedian, who grew up in West Meath, in the Irish midlands, and now lives in Edinburgh with his wife and two children, loves live work or, as he describes it, when you find out what it is youre after. Having just returned from Lithuania, hell be on the road in the UK from now until the end of May, with tours planned for Ireland, mainland Europe, Australia and the US.

When I started [in comedy], it was like putting pirate in your career-choice box

Part of the enjoyment is meeting comedians from other countries; at last years Edinburgh festival, Moran, Eddie Izzard and promoter Mick Perrin brought a group of comedians over from Germany, Italy and France to perform for the first time in English.

Edinburgh is where things really got going for Moran, who at 24 was the youngest-ever winner of the Perrier comedy award, back in 1996. It was a stellar start to a career that went on to encompass Black Books, the Channel 4 sitcom that saw Moran create and play the miserabilist bookshop proprietor Bernard Black, as well as parts in films such as Notting Hill, Shaun of the Dead and Calvary.

When I started [in comedy], it was like putting pirate in your career-choice box, he says, explaining that the tail-end of 1980s comedy, with its influences from America, was still very exciting and fresh and rebellious. Now, he concedes, referring to the rise of stadium tours and DVDs, its a little more like when the chain shops pop up around the country.

Thats why he likes to stay under the radar. Hes still winnowing material for Off the Hook, for which hes written and illustrated some pamphlets that he describes as squibs. Hes unsure that theres an overarching theme to the tour beyond, perhaps, the vantage point of his time of life. I dont imagine Im alone in having over the past few months maybe years, even felt like I have to check with my friends and peers all the time that this [stage of my life] is quite as extraordinarily unstable and mad and changeable as it seems to me it is, he explains. Because a lot of the time people wonder, is that just my age, is that just time passing by, and me being more aware of whats going on everywhere?

I ask him how the instability of the times and the threats faced by freedom of speech and satire has affected what comedians do. You dont have any choice, he replies. You just have to laugh at it. The alternative is saying nothing, going quiet Thats not going to happen.

Off the Hook tours nationwide until 30 May

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Coin Dozer – World Tour

Take an adventure around the world in COIN DOZER: WORLD TOUR!From those that brought you the wildly popular Coin Dozer, comes a twist on the classic game found in arcades and carnivals- Coin Dozer: World Tour! Travel to destinations such as China, Japan, and all over Europe, with more places to come!With Coin Dozer: World Tour, youll experience the majesty of China by collecting ancient coins, snatching up colorful dragons, stockpiling exploding fireworks, and more! Watch your coins and prizes stack up as the fire-breathing dragons help push your treasures over the edge! But the fun doesnt stop there: pack your bags, grab your passport, and continue on your adventure by heading to the fun-filled country of Japan! Collect calming Bonsai trees, stock up on some delicious sushi, and amass a team of ninjas! Thats not all- go backpacking all over Europe, visiting different countries and sampling the culture! Dont let anything drop off the sides if you want this to be the best trip ever! Be sure to look out for special coins to boost your coin-collecting power! Coin Dozer: World Tour is fun for both kids and adults!Features: – Colorful and vibrant 3D graphics!- The best physics of any coin pusher game!- Tons of prizes to collect and currently 3 regions to visit!- Lots of special effects!- A world constantly expanding, with more areas to be added soon!Check back soon for more updates!Coin Dozer: World Tour HD is available for the iPad!Try other games by Game Circus, such as Cookie Dozer and Prize Claw!

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Tibet Travel Agency TCTS Discusses Travel Permits in Their Latest Post on YouTube

Lhasa, Tibet (PRWEB) February 16, 2015

A Tibet visa, also known as a Tibet travel permit, is required for all foreign visitors in Tibet. Many travelers new to Tibet travel in 2015 have several questions about these documents and what they need to do to ensure that their tour starts off smoothly. Tony Yang of Tibet Ctrip Travel Service-TCTS (http://www.tibetctrip.com) has been operating in Tibet for over 12 years and shares the details via their latest post on YouTube.

Although the detail that goes into travel permits can seem intimidating at first, travelers can take comfort in the fact that a licensed travel agency will see them through the process; all travelers need to is submit copies of their visas and passports along with the required personal information. For those who are serious about seeing the world and understanding its people there is no doubt that traveling in Tibet is a worthwhile adventure. With the travel season right around the corner now is the time to start planning a tour!

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National 'Tour for Diversity in Medicine' kicks off at B-CU

News-Journal/FATIMA HUSSEIN Students check out the various booths featuring medical schools, health organizations and Bethune-Cookman research and science departments at the Tour for Diversity in Medicine event, Monday, Feb. 16, 2015.

DAYTONA BEACH Enoswh Moore hopes to become a pediatrician someday.

That is, provided he can get into medical school.

The senior biology major at Bethune-Cookman University was one of hundreds of medical school hopefuls who turned out for an event Monday at the universitys Center for Civic Engagement called the Tour for Diversity in Medicine.

The university was the first stop in a national tour that physicians, dentists and medical students from throughout the country are taking part in to encourage minorities to consider careers in health care.

The event was also intended to help students understand what to expect when applying to medical school.

Alden Landry, a co-director of the tour, said his group seeks to educate, inspire, and cultivate future physicians and dentists of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds by forming local connections.

He said the event was put on to bring awareness of the lack of minorities in the health care field as well as to help prepare minority students on how to improve their chances of getting accepted into medical school.

There is a significant lack of minorities in the fields and it is affecting how people are receiving health care, said Landry, a physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts.

According to an October 2014 study by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, differences persist in health care quality among racial and ethnic minority groups. People in low-income families also experience poorer quality care.

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Journey around the world at travel show

Tahiti is among the exotic global destinations that will be represented at San Diego’s second annual Travel & Adventure Show at the convention center.

For anyone who has relied on the Internet for scoping out a vacation destination, ask yourself this question, have you ever seen an unflattering photo of a hotel online?

Probably not, suspects trade show producer John Golicz, whose two-day Travel & Adventure Show is headed this weekend to San Diego for the second year in a row.

Where: San Diego Convention Center, Halls E and F

When: Sat., Feb. 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 15, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost: One-day ticket, $16; two-day ticket, $25. Discounts online at: travelshows.com/sandiegoInfo

As much as the Internet and online travel agencies like Travelocity and Expedia have come to be go-to resources for avid travelers, Golicz insists theres no substitute for the face-to-face conversations with the pros that a wide-ranging consumer show offers.

The San Diego show, which will be held at the bayfront convention center Saturday and Sunday, will be 40 percent larger than last years, with more than 1,000 travel pros staffing 200 booths representing cruise lines, tour operators and tourism bureaus, from New Zealand to Israel. U-T San Diego is among several sponsors of the show.

All I know is everything online looks great but when you come to our show, you have 1,200 experts who fly in to meet people who like to travel, said Golicz, CEO of Unicomm, which operates similar shows in six other cities across the country. They might be the tour operator or guide or someone who works for the tourism board who will tell you the information you cant get anywhere else.

With the travel industry continuing to rebound at an impressive pace since recession-era lows, industry purveyors are taking advantage of consumers abiding interest in travel, a passion that has never faded, says travel expert Peter Greenberg, who has spoken at previous travel shows but will not be a featured speaker in San Diego. Overseas travel, especially, continues to grow in popularity, he noted.

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Fox World Travel is Now Taking Bookings for Their European Treasures Guided Land Tour

Oshkosh, WI (PRWEB) January 31, 2015

Fox World Travel is now booking their European Treasures Guided Land Tour. This 12 day, 10 night tour includes highlights such as London, Amsterdam, Heidelberg, Lucerne, and Paris. This trip is designed to capture the very essence of Europe in a short period of time. Travel from the canals of Amsterdam, to the Swiss Alps, to the elegant boulevards of Paris. This package includes round trip air from Chicago OHare to London, and return from Paris, France including current air taxes and fees, motor coach transportation, 4-star hotel accommodations, premium dining experiences, a private tour manager and more.

Tour Manager, Colleen Alsberg has had over 19 years of experience tour managing. Alsberg stated, I am delighted to be the Tour Manager on our European Treasures vacation this spring! It is a unique mix of regions and cultures, perfect for both the first-time and returning European traveler. We will have a lot of fun discovering these amazing cities and the many highlights in between! This trip is expected to fill up fast.

To learn more about the European Treasures Guided land vacations itinerary, pricing, and inclusions click here or visit Fox World Travel online at gofox.com.

About Fox World Travel, Inc.:

Fox World Travel was founded in 1960 and is ranked as top travel agency in the United States, according to the Business Travel Survey in Business Travel News. Fox World Travel owns and operates 11 retail travel locations throughout Wisconsin as well as a full service corporate travel division and Premier Meetings and Incentives in Oshkosh and Fox World Travel School. Fox World Travel is the largest vacation travel agency in Wisconsin. Fox World Travels corporate travel division is a leading provider of travel management solutions, serving travelers as they navigate the globe while guiding organizations toward successful policies, compliance and financial advantages in their domestic and global travel programs. Visit Fox World Travel online at http://www.GoFox.com.

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Lotus Brings Its Cyborg Fusion To New Haven

Instrument-brandishing rock classicists versus EDM producers: it’s almost a cliche to talk about how they can’t agree on much these days.

Still, certain bands bridged the divide between electronic and acoustic dance music years ago, and some of them continue to mine the best practices of both camps. The members of Lotus, who’ll be at Toad’s Place in New Haven on Jan. 29, came together at Indiana’s Goshen College in the late ’90s playing jamtronica, a cyborg-fusion of jazz-funk vamps, shifting tempos and level dynamics.

“Germination,” Lotus’ 2003 live album for Harmonized Records, combined the guitar-led modal jams of their improv-rock forebears with twitchy, rave-like, ambient textures and occasionally elevated BPMs. It was a departure from the tension/release framework practiced by fellow explorers; they seemed intent on establishing a vibe and staying there, improvising around it without gratuitous peaks and valleys: euphoric minimalism, in a scene built on expressionistic displays of virtuosity.

But Lotus also got close to remixers, producers, DJs and other knob-twiddlers. “Copy/Paste/Repeat,” released in 2007, was an album of Lotus remixes by Lymbyc Systym, Juan Maclean, DJ Harry and Telepath. Last year, “Gilded Age,” their newest album, compiled six original tracks with four of them remixed by Kilowatts, D.V.S., Marley Carroll and Skytree.

“For me, those remixes are a separate thing,” said bassist/sampler Jesse Miller. “On the vinyl album, it’s six songs and those four bonus songs. We just let them run with it and send us a track, and maybe we’d give some minor feedback. The whole reason is because we think it pushes the music forward. They all did a good job of bringing their own voice to it.”

“Gilded Age” is the band’s first album of original songs since 2013’s “Build.” It was recorded in Philadelphia with Jonathan Low, known for his work with the National and the War on Drugs, and features vocals by Steve Yutzy-Burkey on three tracks. As usual, it was recorded live onto analog tape with organic instruments: guitar, piano, bass, piano and percussion.

The band takes advantage of what studios can offer: overdubs, sounds that aren’t easily reproduced live, and so on. At one point during recording sessions, Miller hired a string section to play a part he’d written; live, he triggers a sample. “That’s our workaround,” he said.

In support of “Gilded Age,” Lotus is embarking on their most intense tour in years, playing five or six shows a week through the beginning of March and stretching to the West Coast. The venues are intimate, but audiences, perhaps buoyed by an interest in contemporary EDM, are responding.

“I think one of the major factors [in a show’s success] is the energy we get back from the crowd,” Miller said. “If they’re really feeling us, it becomes this feedback loop. The main thing about a tour like this is you can get really exhausted But if you have a good crowd, no matter how you feel, it’s an adrenaline rush.”

Being around for almost two decades has its advantages; Lotus’ recent New Year’s run five shows found them performing more than 85 unique songs. They’ll perform even more on this tour. They read the crowd and shape-shift, from rock to dance and back. “Every show we try to bring in a variety: longer improv, really tight compositions, the rock element, the dance element.” And a tour like this one brings out the best in their group flights. “The easiest thing is to go back to your set patterns [of improvisation]. Sometimes it takes a long tour to push yourself into new territory.”

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