This is the spacesuit trailer at the site. The guys is getting onto a platform that will lower him to the ground, because stairs are understandably very hard to navigate in a 200 pound spacesuit with limited movement.
This is one of the NASA engineer dudes who answered lots of questions for our kids, and allowed them to cross the yellow, taped-off "Do Not Cross" tape because they are "America's next generation of engineers", and they should be able to see this stuff up close. Apparently, this guy was in charge of things, but you wouldn't have known it by his attitude.
The other 1/2 of the Space Suit Trailer is command central for the sand dune operation. Colton was enthralled with watching these guys. There are cameras everywhere outside - on the robots, on tripods, etc - so in that room, on one of the million or so screens, you can have a view of everything that's going on. Including seeing their own backsides thanks to the camera above the space suits - which was just as enthralling as the robots!! Chane counted 24 laptops in this room. Wow.
One of the most interesting things to me was that they are taking back buckets and buckets of our sand. They have done this at several of their desert research locations. To make some big sandboxes. For Mr. Armstrong. So he can jump around in them and see if it feels like the stuff on the moon. And everyone is confident that he'll remember! I'm extra-impressed. I can't remember what I ate for lunch yesterday. Guess that's why he works for NASA.
Thanks for the opportunity, NASA muckity-mucks. My kids will remember this forever. You were extra accommodating, highly informative, and most of all, just plain nice. Good luck to you all - can't wait to see our robot friends on the moon!