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06/06/15 - Topaz and I visit the Kennedy Space Center! Seeing Atlantis and meeting Jerry Ross!

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James looks like he was kidnapped
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Topaz is really excited
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Hey it's that place I want to go to!
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I still have never been to the Astronaut Hall of Fame.. and that didn't change this year! Someday..
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This stupid bridge wants to make me wait just a little bit longer
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The VAB!!
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I like this Commercial Crew banner
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Great shot of the ISS, though I don't think it actually flies all crooked like that
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Topaz is dual wielding both his personal camera and my camera
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NASA: where even the drainage ditches are over-engineered. Those are water baffles!
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I am so ready for this day.
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I made Topaz sit in all the capsules
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I really hope this guy has some sort of cooling system in there
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That fake Orion capsule is still sitting around
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It was funny watching Topaz slowly grasp the scale of the mockup shuttle stack. Without depth perception he had to walk right up to it.
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"This SRB is gigantic!"
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Looking up at the bottom of the external tank
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Well hello there
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It's been too long since I visited my old friend Atlantis
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Topaz was suitably impressed
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I can never have enough photos of me standing in front of spacecraft
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She's beautiful!
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I also can never have enough photos of spacecraft in general
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A closer shot of the RCS system
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The wide angle lens I borrowed this year really came in handy
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She's got a big nose but she wears it well
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This is where the front nose gear comes out
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Atlantis is displayed in the on-orbit configuration. Payload bay doors open, RMS extended, the works
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This guy worked on the shuttle for decades! It's always great to pick the brains of the experts NASA has on hand
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The Space Shuttle Main Engine is one of the most efficient engines ever created
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Baby got back?
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Topaz finds the life of a shuttle commander so dull
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I really can't get enough of how gorgeous this vehicle is
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Topaz too
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Who wants a thermal protection system rub?
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Topaz had fun spinning this tire from the last ever shuttle flight. It was the nose gear for STS-135
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Astronaut Jerry Ross! He's flown on seven shuttle missions and performed nine spacewalks!
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And now we're best friends
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Also Topaz
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Suz! What are you doing here??
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