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11/06/15 - Conrad takes me and Omar on an amazing tour of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center!

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Here we are!
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We had to get visitor badges before going in
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Conrad was very impressed by the quick GearVR demo
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Pretty boring looking building with a lot of really cool stuff inside
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The entry hallway had information on a bunch of missions and facilities
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Got it
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NASA hallways!
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NASA seats!
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NASA nerds!
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It's so cool seeing all the mission names on the hallways signs
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This is where Conrad hangs out
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Omar was impressed
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This is how they communicate with all the different mission roles
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I like this bookshelf
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A model of MMS as it looked when played on the launch vehicle
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This looks.. scientific
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I thought it was cool that they just have the basic textbooks on their subject at hand
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Panorama of the MMS Flight Dynamics Ops Area
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Conrad went through some slides to help answer some of our questions
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This machine is connected to the internet so has all sorts of government warnings
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I'm waiting for revision 2
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"Did you just take my picture?" "I don't think so.."
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Next we got to see some of the programs they use to view data from the spacecraft
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Whoa, that is a lot of data
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Dashboards are always neat, but this is a whole new level
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Fuel data!
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Data closeup
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One of the TVs is dedicated to the current orbital information of all four MMS spacecraft
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The "flat spacecraft". Identical components to those in space, but spread out so it's easy to diagnose
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Lots of wiring
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If I recall correctly, this is the 3-axis accelerometer
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I was a little surprised at how clunky all the connections were, but I guess when you prioritize ruggedness it makes sense
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This is the gear that runs the flat spacecraft
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I have never been more tempted to push a button
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I mean just look at that button..
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This stuff simulates GPS signals, including expected delay, interference, etc
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Very cool stuff
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Lots of rack gear to work with the spacecraft
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I believe this is where the whole team monitored the launch and early mission
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The flight director's seat?
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This is the room where they were actively monitoring MMS data
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Hi there!
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This is where the rubber meets the road for NASA missions
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A wider shot of the room
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I tried an HDR shot so you could more easily see detail but it looks sort of strange
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Of course, I had to get a photo here
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These things made me laugh.. apparently you can just plunk it down on a floor tile to pick it up. Not sure what the emergency would be..
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More mission planning rooms
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This was as close as we could get to the Hubble side of things. Conrad's fob wouldn't open the door!
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If I understood correctly, all NASA space/ground communications goes through this room on its way to its final destination
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I want to sit inside this
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Don't stand under the crane
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That looks like some sort of vacuum chamber
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Lots of weird specialized hardware
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This makes ice cream, I bet
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Making spacecraft is hungry business
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Hey I've seen these connectors on other spacecraft!
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Cool stickers!
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Taking a look around..
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Haha, is this how security works? (Though it does look like a car key..)
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I think that's a giant vacuum chamber
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Conrad tried to lean behind Omar to hide from the camera but went too far
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This place is the best
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They attach satellites to these tables to tilt them, for working on different parts
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Space stuff!
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Oh man, the James Webb Space Telescope area
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Some stuff in a clean room. It looks weird because I took it through some plastic
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Cleanroom stuff?
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I forget what this whole area was called but it seems to be where hardware gets worked on
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This crazy room is where they simulate launches by blasting in sound and shaking that platform
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The sound hole
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Hey it's that giant vacuum chamber again
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Giant centrifuge! It's currently broken so they're using the room for storage
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Lots of random crap
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I thought it was funny that these signs explaining what's going on are everywhere. I suppose they're for visitors but I suspect there are plenty of curious employees who want to know more
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Next building!
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Holy crap, that's the actual James Webb Space Telescope under construction! This was taken a few weeks before they started attaching the mirrors
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JWST cleanroom
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That is an enormous HEPA filter
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I found the controls for the video camera
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I'm trying to see the camera by wiggling it back andf orth
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The camera controls were fun
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In a few years, that thing will be a million miles past the moon, hopefully revolutionizing our understanding of the universe
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The mirrors are in those silvery bulb things!
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Conrad explaining the JWST structure with this model
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Had to get a photo with JWST too
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This is where NASA stores the cloud. The fence is to keep it from escaping
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I had to ask to take this photo because all the screens behind me weren't allowed to be photographed. Very cool!
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