Aerodynamics and Rocket Turbopumps, a Washington, DC Vacation


Yufang and I jaunted to Washington, DC for a few days this past week for some much needed R & R.  While we were there, we visited the National Air and Space Museum (NASM), the NASM Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, walked the Mall at night, and dropped in at the Smithsonian Zoo, albeit when most of the critters were on break.  Also, we enjoyed ginormous fried shrimp with my cousin, Angie, in Mechanicsville, Maryland, and the next day, Yufang and I trekked to Bob’s Noodle 66 at the end of the red metro line for some delicious Taiwanese food.  It was a great trip, and Yufang was a real trooper, enduring countless aircraft (e.g., SR-71 Blackbird, B-29 Enola Gay, Concorde, F-86 Sabre Jet) and equally numerous spacecraft and rockets (e.g., Space Shuttle Enterprise, V-2 Rocket, SpaceShipOne, and Apollo 11 Command Module) as well as my meticulous explanations about how they work and why they are important.  She clearly has the patience of Job!

One curious thing I found at the Udvar-Hazy Center’s McDonnell Space Hangar was Willy Ley’s 1956 Hugo Award.  See it here.

I’ve posted about 200 of our 400 photos on Flickr here.

Published by Jason W. Ellis

I am an Associate Professor of English at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY whose teaching includes composition and technical communication, and research focuses on science fiction, neuroscience, and digital technology. Also, I direct the B.S. in Professional and Technical Writing Program and coordinate the City Tech Science Fiction Collection, which holds more than 600 linear feet of magazines, anthologies, novels, and research publications.