|Longhorns at the Rocket Park
Today I would like to introduce you to another great Animal Care Program. This time the Longhorn Heritage Project.
The Longhorn Heritage Project, developed jointly by Johnson Space Center, the Clear Creek Independent School District, the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo and the Texas Longhorn Breeders Association of America, provides local high school students with a one-of-a-kind learning environment that combines Western heritage with state of the art technology.
|Stephanie Basset feeding a Longhorn in front of the Saturn V Building
While the students learn about animal husbandry, fruit and vegetable cultivation, aquaculture, soil research and recycling technologies, they also discover how that knowledge relates to the future of human space flight. The use of soil simulants, alternate plant growth techniques, closed-loop life support systems to recycle food, water and waste all are critical technologies that will allow humans to expand further into Space.
The project contains vegetable gardens, a fruit orchard, aquaculture ponds, a classroom and a teacher's resource center on 60 acres of land.
|Heifer Calf Daisy