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11/12/18 - Exploring the Udvar-Hazy Center. Mom meets a space shuttle!

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The Udvar-Hazy Center is shiny
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Old planes are weird
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I like the funny little circle around the cockpit
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Yeah these all look super safe
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This is the plane that first dropped atomic weapons on humans. It's weird that it's just.. there
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The Enola Gay
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Interesting windows on the Enola Gay
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I made Mom look at the floor as I walked her to the front of Discovery.. then told her she could look up
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Hello, friend
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Mom is impressed
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Discovery's hatch
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Always good to see OV-103 in person
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Mom snaps a few of her own shots
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The end effector of the RMS
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Discovery's aft portion
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I see you, TDRS
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These tiles have seen some stuff
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This is where propellant for the main engines flows from the external tank
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Discovery's underbelly
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Thermal protection tiles!
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Rear RCS
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I think Mom was caught off guard by the scale
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Fake SSMEs. Thanks, SLS
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Me with a spacecraft that uses a similar bus as Restore-L
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Discovery and TDRS
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A backup version of the Apollo Telescope Mount on Skylab!
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The actual Spacelab!
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The back of the Apollo Telescope Mount
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Anita??? They actually brought back this poor spider that was sent to Skylab
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One of the early TDRS satellites
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A model of Pathfinder and Sojourner! Imagine this in a giant Martian plain
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The orbiter is just such a gorgeous flying vehicle
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Looking along the leading edge
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I like the little patch of high temperature tiles on the OMS pod
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Gordon Cooper's helmet.. during training at least
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Jim Irwin's helmet and gloves, worn on the surface of the moon
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Jim Irwin's actual spacesuit that he wore on the surface of the moon
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Gemini and Mercury boots
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Hey it's MMU 3! This is what Bruce McCandless was operating during his famous photo
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Mercury-Atlas 10, aka Freedom 7 II. It would've been Alan Shepard's mission to fly if they hadn't decided to end Mercury in favor of getting started on Project Gemini
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Forward section of Discovery
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Looking back on Discovery's right wing
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MMU 3!
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I love how the wing merges into the main fuselage
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Detail show on the tiles
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The Rogallo Wing! Never quite worked like they hoped..
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Mom with Discovery!
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Mom and Discovery are basically best friends for life now
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I never noticed these little crosses on the nose before!
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The seam of the forward RCS module is really obvious
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Important doors
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Behold... scissors!
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Check out this CD player that flew in space twice!
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Various photo equipment
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I like the "off-white with colorful buttons" look
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I have no idea what this engine is because I forgot to take a picture of the placard!
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The V-2 engine! You can see all the combustion "pots" at the top
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The Navaho engine! This project didn't really go anywhere but it sparked basically all of modern rocketry
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Ooo, a Mercury attitude control thruster
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Wind tunnel model of the Apollo CM with LES
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Discovery's left side
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Looking up on the big RCS thrusters
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Mom insisted I take a shot of the weird old ugly satellites
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She said they look like Christmas ornaments, which I can definitely see
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That is certainly one big chunk of space hardware
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Looking down on Pathfinder and Sojourner. You can see Sojourner's funny little ramps
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You can really see the line where surfaces were more exposed to harsh reentry conditions. Leading from the front right to the back left
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Umbilical connections
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Body flap
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Hey! What's this random capsule being worked on? From this angle I'm not sure if it's Mercury or Gemini
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Discovery looking good
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I could honestly just stare at it all day
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See you, space cowgirl
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Oh also, there are apparently other airplanes in the museum
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The SR-71 engine is pretty amazing
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As is the rest of the SR-71
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The pressure suit worn by SR-71 pilots
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This is the spacesuit apparatus worn by Alan Eustace as he quietly broke the record for highest skydive
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It's practically a spaceship
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And here's the capsule that Felix Baumgartner rode to altitude before starting his own high altitude skydive
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Red Bull certainly got a lot of publicity from this
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I remember this view from the live stream!
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