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Pictures taken on 06/07/15

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I thought for sure with two days available I'd finally see the Astronaut Hall of Fame.. maybe next year
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Hey it's the rocket garden!
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Redstone, Atlas, Titan.. the gang's all here!
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Looking up at a Mercury-Atlas vehicle
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I'm not really sure what this guy is but it looks like an Atlas with an Agena on it?
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Mercury-Redstone! It looks so small compared to modern rockets
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Another view of the Mercury-Atlas
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The Saturn IB dwarfs the other rockets in the garden but it's nothing compared to its big brother, the Saturn V
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With eight H-1 engines on the back, the Saturn IB had about 26% more thrust at liftoff than a Falcon 9 (with Merlin 1D engines)
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How funny is it that the word "F1" is so important in two of my favorite fields
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Titan with a Gemini capsule on top
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Hmm.. ominous weather behind the Saturn IB
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The Apollo gantry never gets old
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Topaz couldn't quite believe that this was the actual gantry that the Apollo astronauts walked on
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The next surface they set foot on was the moon..
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It's bright in an Apollo capsule
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Looming rockets!
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The making of the previous photo
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The making of the making of that photo
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Topaz is pretty pumped
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Our tour guide for the LCC is John
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Oh man, here we are
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This VAB is a lot smaller
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One flag for each orbiter
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This is where the tour gets serious
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I'm not so sure about the font selection but this is pretty awesome
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Wow, one mounted patch for each manned mission launched from the KSC
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John spent a while talking about the layout of KSC and Cape Canaveral, using the convenient high resolution satellite image
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Whoa, cool mural
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Some old LCC gear!
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A "naked" version of those shuttles I keep seeing all around
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A lot of history up on this wall
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That's my shuttle mission!
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There were two plaques that didn't have a landing date.. sobering.
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This looks like Apollo-era gear
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I had fun pressing all the switches once it was made clear we were allowed to
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These panels are so cool
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Haha, audio bird deterrent system.. "mmmBIRD!"
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Everyone pile into the elevator!
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It's a little hard to read the door but it says "The greatest launch team in the world enters through these doors."
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Hey it's Jerry Ross again!
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He signed a copy of his book and a photo of him on a spacewalk
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Great shot
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I was pretty happy about it
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I laughed really hard when I saw that they specifically tell you to not eat it in the museum
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Wow, the Orion heat shield is pretty huge
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Mars Rovers in terrible lighting!
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Curiosity is enormous
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Topaz is friends with robots
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One more walk on the Apollo gantry
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One last walk through the rocket garden
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Redstone!
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I made Topaz get into the Mercury capsule
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It was pretty cramped
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I love NASA!
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So does Topaz
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Time to go back to Orlando
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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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