Flying High

Given how much fun we have in Austin it takes something pretty special to drag us away – but an invitation to NASA certainly fits the description. And so it was before the US Grand Prix, Daniel and Max boldly went to Houston to play at astronauts for the day.

The Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center is NASA's hub for manned flight, home of Mission Control (which Daniel describes as: "the film set version of our Ops Room") and many of the astronaut training facilities. Our space cadets got to experience simulated microgravity, and were introduced to a crew capsule by International Space Station astronaut Luca Parmitano – one of the few people in the world who can describe the cockpit of a Formula One car as 'roomy'. They then got to drive a crewed exploration Rover across a simulated Martian landscape. "We learned what they do in space – but we had a lot of fun too...," explained Max.

The drivers had a full four-hour tour, taking in all of the Center's illustrious history and being granted access to many areas not usually on show. NASA isn't often compared to Milton Keynes but both drivers remarked on the similarities between our world and theirs. Follow the link to see the boys in action.