What Does Outer Space Smell Like?

I’d much rather be playing baseball or watching TV than cleaning up. I mean, why put your clothes away if you’re just going to wear them again? But sometimes, when my room starts to smell, my mom makes me clean it up. I’m guessing she’d want our astronauts to clean up outer space for the same reason. According to an article I just read, astronauts (like Commander Nick Rice in Ballpark Mysteries #4 – The Astro Outlaw) say that outer space smells like burned steak and hot metal!

(photo credit: David A. Kelly)

The Astro Outlaw

Wow. It’s hard to believe that Kate and I have been on four cool ballpark adventures so far. Last year we shared our trips to Boston, New York City, and Los Angeles with you. But we’ve got something really, really neat. Our fourth book is out today!

The Astro Outlaw
The Astro Outlaw - Ballpark Mystery #4

It’s called THE ASTRO OUTLAW! Last year, when Kate and I went to Houston, Texas, we got to see NASA’s mission control and meet a real astronaut! Which was great, until he disappeared! That’s when Kate and I set out to find him. It was kinda weird, but the final clue to solving the astronaut mystery came from the Houston Astro’s baseball game!

 

The Houston Astros Take Off

Hey guys it’s Mike, with big news. The Houston Astros are moving from the National League (central) to the American League (west). This is the first league change since 1998 when the Milwaukee Brewers moved into the National League. This is so exciting because the I love watching the Astros play. Now they will battle teams like the Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Angels, Seattle Mariners, and Oakland Athletics.

The train on top the left field wall at Houston's Minute Maid Park. You can also see the gas pump, and the hill in center field, if you look closely!

Just recently, Kate and I visited the Astros’ stadium. It was a blast (get it–the Astros were a blast? Like a rocket!)! The Astros ballpark, Minute Maid park, has a huge train on top of the left field wall. It was so cool! But more on that in February. That’s when the next Ballpark Mystery, The Astro Outlaw, comes out. As usual, Mr. David A. Kelly actually wrote the book, but Kate and I got to have all the fun visiting Houston, seeing the train, and even meeting an astronaut!

I’ve gotta go, see ya later! (My mom says I have to go clean my room, even though I’ve told her I’m working on my writing!)

What Mike’s Eating Today

Just went to Houston, Texas. I saw a Houston Astros game (cool!) and took a tour of Space Center USA. That’s where they do all the mission control work for the the Space Shuttles, the International Space Station and other rockets.

But the best part of the trip was picking up some of these:

Why bother eating a meal when you can have it compressed into a handy, tube-like form that tastes like peanut butter!

Gotta go play…

— Mike