Feature

Text Size

NASA is Everywhere, Even at the Farm
10.17.11
 
At Belvedere Plantation in Fredericksburg, Va., mixed in with the corn stalks, pumpkins and hay was a healthy dose of space.

Belvedere is one of seven farms across the U.S. taking part in a project called Space Farm -- a collaboration between NASA and members of MAiZE Inc., A Utah-based company that helps farmers design and create mazes. The organization creates mazes each year, and this time decided to spotlight NASA.

At Belvedere, a vast crop of corn stalks was transformed into an 8-acre maze in the shape of NASA's Mercury rocket. Though the rocket design is only visible from the sky, it was clear that the farm had been transformed into something out of this world. An astronaut made out of bales of hay welcomed families into the maze and Star Wars-themed music and scarecrows dressed in flight suits rounded out the "spacey" corn maze experience.

At Belvedere Plantation in Fredericksburg, Va., mixed in with the corn stalks, pumpkins and hay was a healthy dose of space.

Belvedere is one of seven farms across the U.S. taking part in a project called Space Farm -- a collaboration between NASA and members of MAiZE Inc., A Utah-based company that helps farmers design and create mazes. The organization creates mazes each year, and this time decided to spotlight NASA.

Staffers from NASA's Langley Research Center, the National Institute of Aerospace and from NASA Johnson brought the educational component. Families could visit the NASA tent where there were interactive exhibits, games, get their picture taken with an astronaut, make a corn rocket, touch a moon rock and explore the Drive to Explore, trailer -- which offered visitors the full NASA story experience via multimedia.

Staffers from NASA's Langley Research Center, the National Institute of Aerospace and from NASA Johnson brought the educational component. Families could visit the NASA tent where there were interactive exhibits, games, get their picture taken with an astronaut, make a corn rocket, touch a moon rock and explore the Drive to Explore, trailer -- which offered visitors the full NASA story experience via multimedia.

Kristine Bell brought her four children to Belvedere Plantation for their annual romp through the farm. She was surprised to see NASA there. "I had no idea NASA was going to be here, but it has turned out great," Bell said. "I home school my children, so this has turned into a field trip."

Bell, who used to live in Florida, said she witnessed several shuttle launches from her house. It was a pleasant surprise, she said, to see NASA in Fredericksburg.

"We are all having so much fun and learning something," she said.

Mary Jane, a grandmother who was overseeing her four grandkids inside the NASA tent, said she has family in Satellite Beach, Fla., and that NASA is very much a part of their lives.

"An event that NASA can be at is good for the kids," Jane said. "They need all this to look forward to and they need to know that our country is thinking about new frontiers."
 
 
 
Amy Johnson
NASA Langley Research Center