If you’ve grown up with Sesame Street or have kids growing up with it, this is likely to fill you with delight: before the final shuttle launch last week, Elmo went to NASA.

Easily one of Sesame Street’s most loveable icons, Elmo checked out the Discovery space shuttle as well as where it was built, all before the launch on July 8.

Elmo’s excursion resulted in several photos and videos, all of which can be seen in full over at Elmo’s Facebook page.