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Pictures taken on 10/29/10

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Neil! Get out from under the couch!!
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This is not my airplane
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This one is!
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Gotta love a window seat
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Airplanes are fun?
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Magical flying tube
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I could see the moon above the wing!
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Moon!
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I love being above the clouds
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The sky is noticeably darker at this altitude
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GPS still works!
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The clouds are breaking up
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A glimpse of the ground
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GPS worked, but maps are loaded from the internet, so all I had was our path on a blank background
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Descending for landing
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This picture isn't great, but it includes the Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, Capitol building, and (somewhere) the Rally stage!
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Looking out over DC and the surrounding area
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Bridge!
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We're under the clouds again
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Getting lower..
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Flaps engaged! ..I think
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Banking to the right
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Shadows of clouds
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Fall is a nice time to fly. Lots of colors on the ground
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Changing leaves!
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You can see the Washington Monument from the airport!
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They just let us out right on the ground here!
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Unloading bags
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This is how we're getting back to the terminal
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I've always wanted to walk down the door stairs
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Good plane, didn't crash
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Whoa, snazzy airport
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What's this guy talking about?
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Ooo, I think I found my Halloween costume
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Where the hell am I?
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Waiting at the pickup for Caitlin
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Weird rainbowy thing on the bridge
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Washington Monument and Jefferson Memorial!
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This guy's on a segway!
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You can see Washington Monument from everywhere, it seems
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Caitlin took me on an impromptu, and not entirely planned, tour of the city
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There it is again!
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In Fallout 3, the Jefferson Memorial is swarming with super-mutants. Not this one though
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You can tell we're close since this was taken out of the sunroof
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I managed to snag "special guest" tickets to the Rally!
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It's a good thing I read the back.. I showed up nearly four hours early to make sure I made it in, and wound up with great seats!
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Caitlin got me lunch at some French place
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SpaceShipOne!
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It's SpaceShipOne!!
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It's actually SpaceShipOne!!! The first manned commercial spacecraft! Right there!
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A, a lovely plaque talking about Friendship 7, the first American orbital mission. And what's this next to the plaque..
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Holy crap, it's Friendship 7! The actual Mercury spacecraft that carried John Glenn around the earth in 1962!
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A sweet mockup of Explorer 1, America's first satellite
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That's a beautiful heat shield. It looks like it could be an Apollo capsule's heat shield. Let's check out the other side
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Sweet Zombie Jesus, it's Apollo 11! The first manned mission to land on the moon!
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Buzz Aldrin sat here on during launch and reentry during Apollo 11. Incredible
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The Apollo control panel
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Looking deeper into the capsule
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So many switches
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I can almost touch it!
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A closeup of the heat shield
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A replica of Sputnik, the first artificial satellite
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A closeup of the Sputnik replica
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The actual Bell X-1, the first aircraft to exceed the speed of sound in level, controlled flight
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Pioneer H, an actual Pioneer spacecraft built from the spare (flight ready) parts of the other two probes
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It's much larger than I imagined
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This is the actual door Ed White stepped out of in 1965 on America's first spacewalk. Incredible.
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A wider shot of Gemini IV
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Space nerd heaven right here
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The Viking lander, first vehicle to make a soft landing on the surface of Mars. I'm not sure if this is just a replica or a test vehicle
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The robot arm that scooped through the soil looking for life, 30 million miles away
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Stardust! I believe this is made from backup hardware. Also note the insanely huge block of aerogel!
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Me standing next to Viking!
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Sputnik, an X-15, and Pioneer H
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This picture is pretty similar to the previous one, but I liked them both
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The plaque for Gemini IV
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Looking inside the tiny capsule
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Jim Lovell and Frank Borman spent two weeks in an identical capsule!
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The Gemini IV door again
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Robert Goddard's rocket, the first liquid fueled one. I'm not sure if this is a replica or not
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Another one of Goddard's rockets under the X-15
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The Hubble Space Telescope is enormous!!
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I had no idea how huge it was!
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A mockup of Skylab
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A V2 replica, the first ballistic missile
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It advanced rocket technology by so much.. but at what cost?
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Various early rocket designs
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A mockup of the Apollo/Soyuz mission!
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The Dynasoar! An early lifting body vehicle
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A scale model of the Saturn V vs the Soviet moon rocket: The N1
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The Soviet era Soyuz vehicle
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I still can't get over how huge the Hubble is
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The Skylab solar panel
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John Glenn was apparently some kind of midget! Not really, it's just an exceedingly tight suit
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An actual Lunar Module!
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This was built for an unmanned test, but never flew
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Oh man, how I'd love to go through that door
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A model of one of the Surveyor probes! The first American probes to land on the moon
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Instructions on how to refill the water tank
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Unmanned probe, and manned lander
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What an ungainly beast
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See? An actual lunar module!
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The back of the spacecraft
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This guy was saying that Apollo astronauts ate tiny food chunks which expanded in their stomach. I've never heard that before
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Me standing in front of the Lunar Module
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Where's Pluto? Who cares! Not a planet!
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Thermal camera, cool!
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Say cheese!
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A neat "tactile" model of the smoothness of the universe over time
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The actual backup mirror for the Hubble. It's see through because it was never coated with aluminum
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Wow, all that hardware wrapped around this tiny CCD
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The CCD taking this picture is larger than the Hubble's!
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Up close with the Surveyor probe
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Looking down on the Lunar Module
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The beautiful F-1 engine from the Saturn V's first stage
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They used mirrors to reconstruct the view of the five engine cluster on the back of the Saturn V
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An actual early model of the Lunar Module. They sure changed a lot!
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Gene Kranz's white vest that he wore during the Apollo 13 mission
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An Apollo Command Module panel
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The quarantine suit worn by Buzz Aldrin upon his return from the moon
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Various Apollo 11 artifacts
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I had to constantly remind myself that these were the real deal
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The things these sunglasses have seen..
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Some dubious artifacts
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The hatch on the Apollo 11 Command Module
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Complex machinery!
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A moon rock!
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Caitlin and I went into the Skylab mockup
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Hello!
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Inside Skylab
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Such an enormous pressurized volume!
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Whoa, the anti-gravity can must've been really expensive
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An Apollo capsule used during the Skylab mission
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This is the fourth one I've seen!
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Some details on the capsule
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The Wright Flyer: the first heavier than air aircraft
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This is the genuine vehicle!
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The only change is that they Smithsonian replaced the canvas when it started deteriorating
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I just had to get a picture in front of this.
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It's weird that they essentially flew it backwards
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Pioneers
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Caitlin was way more into this than the space stuff
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See? I told you it was real
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A sample of the original canvas
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Up close with the X-15
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And quite a blast!
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Looking down on Apollo 11
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The Spirit of St. Louis, SpaceShipOne, and X-1
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This room is just overwhelming
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A sideways view of the X-15
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Neato dome, and a probe I don't recognize
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The Lockheed Starfighter!
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Some details on the Starfighter
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Some neat airplanes
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It's tough to get quite as excited about the planes, after coming from the space area
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The first human powered aircraft!
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Unmanned air vehicles, now these are interesting
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An early UAV
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One of Boeing's UAVs
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The infamous Predator
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The DarkStar, I've never heard of this
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Some details on the predator
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And the DarkStar
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Tons of airplanes!
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The rear of SpaceShipOne
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Apollo 11.. just right there!
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I love how the wax from the thermal reentry tests are still there
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Friendship 7 again
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Are you saying I can.. reach out and grab da mooooon?
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Da mooooon!!
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Looking into Apollo 11 again
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The glare was a little frustrating, but I couldn't get enough of it
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That incredible control panle
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Steve Fossett's around-the-world balloon capsule
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The rear of the capsule
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Looking in the window
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The front of the Air and Space Museum
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Interesting sculpture out front
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Looking across the mall
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What's that being set up down there?
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It's the Rally stage! I can't wait until tomorrow!
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A fellow Rally-goer
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It's the Pentagon!
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It's such a huge building
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The Pentagon and Washington Monument
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An interesting Air Force monument or memorial thing
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Craniuuumm
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Brandon and Caitlin
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My teammate Jason!
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Parts of it are like Pictionary
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"What does that look like?"
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Some kind of charades
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Blind drawing
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Time's running out!
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Time to use the dreaded molding clay
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What's he making?
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