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06/07/15 - Viewing Space Shuttle Atlantis again, but this time with some hands-on demonstrations!

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I'm pretty sure I have like 20 photos similar to this one but I don't care. It never gets old
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I love seeing how the landing gear fits in
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Insert belly rub joke here
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We got to touch samples of the thermal blankets! Not flown samples of course, but wow!
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I want to make a bed out of it.. it was tough but squishy and sort of soft
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An unflown tile from the belly of the orbiter
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Not only is this external tank foam, it's attached to a sample of external tank metal so you can get a sense of the challenge of insulating it
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Beta cloth! This is what the outer layer of space suits are made out of
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Of course, I can't not take another whole batch of photos of the payload bay
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This OMS pod has clearly put some years of service in
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This is where the fuel, oxygen, and various other goodies enter the orbiter (and the external tank!)
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The worm logo is cool but I still prefer the so called "meatball" NASA insignia
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So much texture on those thermal blankets
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The payload bay door also serve as radiators so it's very important they open and close properly!
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The RCS thrusters look small compared to the overall orbiter but they're pretty sizable
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Rockets big and small. In this show you see RCS, OMS, and SSME
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Those SSME engines are beasts
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Anyone in there?
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It's almost like the view from the SRBs when they separate
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You can almost imagine it in flight
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This is.. an awkward little area
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So many tiles..
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Looking back at the body flap
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That whole structure mounted to the aft portion of the payload bay is the airlock and docking mechanism
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This is where the shuttle docks with the ISS or Mir
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I'm not sure what all these cables do..
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I believe this is part of the mechanism that holds the payload bay doors closed
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A nice big Atlantis panorama
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Topaz was surprised at how enormous the Hubble is
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Moving on to the front of the vehicle..
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I can peek inside! Those are actual controls in the flight deck!
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Looking in the flight deck windows
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I want to flip those switches..
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This shot almost looks like it was actually taken in space!
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Atlantis!
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I love all the little details that add to the distinctive look. Stuff like that "danger" sign or the writing on the tiles never really register to the eye but when they're missing you know
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Docking!
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The rear of the payload bay. Good flag placement for photos!
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I believe this is the actual external tank vent hood (aka "beanie cap"). It pulled away excess gases as the shuttle sat on the pad
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Looking up the left wing of Atlantis
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The vehicle is so enormous
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Looking up at the body flap from below
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Well.. this is intriguing!
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I couldn't quite fit the whole vehicle.. but it's still a nice shot!
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