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06/06/15 - Next in the KSC tour: close up to the VAB, 39-A white room, Saturn V, and some more Atlantis!

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This is a mockup of the launch escape system for the Orion capsule
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Topaz was impressed with the size of the VAB
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I've been here before but it's always so great to be back
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This is the actual gantry and white room from launchpad 39-A! Hundreds of astronauts walked across this before launching
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The gantry has seen better days
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What used to connect here?
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The white room!
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This is an alarmingly enormous bug
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This is the part of the white room that would go up against the shuttle hatch
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I guess they just leave this mockup lying around
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I couldn't not pose with the white room
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Topaz too!
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This is where the magic happens
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I believe it's one big SRB that vents through four exhaust nozzles
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A lot of really cool things have happened in that building on and on this gantry
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This is that funny little armored vehicle the astronauts would use if they had to escape a dangerous situation on the pad. Mostly I think they just had fun driving it around in training
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Big doors on the VAB
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Looking down the gantry at the white room doors
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Ssshhh, it's a secret!
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One of the OPFs, orbiter processing facilities. I believe this one is now being used for commercial space flight companies.
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NASA gave a bunch of blank shuttle models to artists to paint and you could find several around KSC
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The other mobile launch platform, this time without the crawler. It makes it easier to see them as distinct structures.
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Ah yes, back at the Saturn V
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We came in through the back door but I had Topaz look at the ground until we got to the back so he could have the same "holy crap" experience as everyone else
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Raw power
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It's really difficult to capture the scale properly in a photo
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Looking into the old astrovan
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Topaz checking out the Saturn V
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Got to keep those engines in place..
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So much work went into the cooling channels built into the engine bell
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I challenged Topaz to lift a tread of the crawler.. without slipping a disc
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The back of the second stage. J-2 engines!
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An authentic lunar module! It's a tragedy it's here and not on the moon but it's pretty cool to see
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The back of the third stage only has one engine
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Looking back at the top of the tanks for the second stage
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Lunar rover!
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One of Gene Cernan's space suits! I believe this was for training
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The Apollo 14 command module Kitty Hawk. This is the actual vehicle!
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Jim Lovell's actual flight suit from Apollo 13
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Alan Shepard's space suit. I believe this is actually the one he wore on the moon.
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It's so incredible seeing the actual artifacts in person
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A page of mission rules that flew to the moon on Apollo 17
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A checklist from Apollo 10
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I'm not sure what this notebook is from
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Topaz was super excited to touch a piece of the moon
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I was super excited to get out of this weird corner
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Back to the main visitor complex!
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This simulator stunk
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Well hello again!
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Looking up at the foreward section of Atlantis from the ground
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The critical RCC panels on the leading edge of the wing
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I love zooming in to this shot.. you can see how the parts of the wing fit together so they could move
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Atlantis' left wingtip
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Hey, there's the bridge I watched both my launches from!
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