On the plus side, we ended up near NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility, where they make the booster rockets for the shuttle. Unfortunately the plant is being phased out as the US gov't has suspended shuttle missions as of 2010. The picture is of a Saturn V booster rocket (or more likely a mock up of one,) from the Apollo missions. Trust me when I say that you have no idea how HUGE that unit is from this mere photo.
On our way to lunch in the French Quarter, we came upon this monument in the sidewalk.
Hooray! We've finally found the Insectarium! In the enlarged version of this picture you'll see the little sign that says "Closed Monday" (can you guess what weekday the 13th was?)
At NOMA (which is also closed Monday.)