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Pictures taken on 05/26/16

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On the road again
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To the Kennedy Space Center!
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Hey Gus Grissom has a street!
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It's the VAB!
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We're here!
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They set up the shuttle countdown clock at the outside of the visitor's center. Very cool
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Rocket garden
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Yes, please
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Always fun seeing the ET/SRBs
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Hello again!
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Atlantis' nose
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I could sit here all day
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It's just gorgeous
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Looking back at the payload bay
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The aft portion of Atlantis
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The SSMEs are so intense
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Looking up at Atlantis' engines
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Radiator doors
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That's one hell of an interface
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James climbs into the space station
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He's floating!
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Taking a peek at Atlantis' underbelly
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An actual flight instrument!
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Of course, James records his trip down the reentry slide
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Looking along the wing
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James demonstrates the STS-135 nose gear tires
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Bob Crippen's flight suit!
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My favorite use of Helvetica
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Oh boy. Here we go.
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Not a happy place
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Personal effects of the Challenger crew
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Displays for the crews of both Challenger and Columbia
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Good quote, Reagan
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Wow. This was a piece of the side of Space Shuttle Challenger, OV-099
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The windshield of Space Shuttle Columbia, OV-102
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I have no words
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I was 22 days old when the Challenger accident happened
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So I've always felt a sort of connection with it
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The Columbia disaster is one of many things that got me into spaceflight. I wanted to understand how it could happen
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It's difficult to imagine the forces this windshield encountered
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Closeup on the Challenger debris
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"The conquest of space is worth the risk of life." - Gus Grissom
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Don't touch the gross wet ball!
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Saturn IB!
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Josh loves space
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So does Josh's friend John
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So many rockets!
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F-1 engine. Not for use on F1 cars.
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The moon is boring
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James' lunch from the buffet
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Thaicom 8 people at the lunch!
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Astronaut Wendy Lawrence! She flew on the space shuttle four times
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She also flew on the Return to Flight mission, STS-114
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Of course, I got a picture with her
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Everyone get in here!
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I love what they've done with the columns in the waiting area!
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I think James noticed the camera
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We're special guests
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Shuttle ET/SRBs!
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My favorite gate
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On Kennedy Space Center property!
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I've never seen those doors open on the VAB before!
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What's inside?
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Big ol' NASA emblem
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Here we are!
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Explaining how the VAB works
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I want to touch this patch
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Great launch vehicle models
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Are we authorized?
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Josh is authorized
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The mission patch wall
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Discovery model
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James takes a look at the mission patches
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Cool flags
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Great space mural
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One of the treads from the crawler
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Let's go!
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Firing Room 3. Mostly used for testing, training, and movie shoots
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Explaining how the firing room works
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The impossible to photograph door
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We're in firing room 4!
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I love the view from the LCC
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Looking down the crawler road to 39A. You can see SpaceX's horizontal integration facility on the horizon
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Let's take a bus to SpaceX!
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Taking a sideways look over at LC-41, where Boeing will be launching people in the not too distant future.
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Looking into the firing room
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Go Atlantis!
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Looking over at that tower that I think they're going to use for SLS
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The view from the back of the room
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Josh loves space
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That's better
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See James knows how to pose for a picture
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So many phones
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Let's just head over to the VAB
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Up close you can see the texture of the VAB walls
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It's that tower again!
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Boeing has taken over one of the OPFs
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Crawler with a Mobile Launch Platform on it
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The Falcon is vertical!!
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We're hopefully going to see that rocket launch later
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The SpaceX HIF
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Looks like they've been doing more work on the pad
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I don't remember this building being here last year
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The weird truck they use for moving cores around
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Extra wide strongback for the Falcon Heavy
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They finally finished painting the logo
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Lots of activity at 39-A
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I can't wait to see that strongback go vertical with a Falcon Heavy to support
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A sideways view through the fence
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A view of 39-A from the rear
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Rocket-melted plates
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These plates have seen some action
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And then everyone freaked out and paid attention to a tortoise instead of space stuff!
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The LCC again
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A stranded mobile launch platform
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VAB and OPFs
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Always great to see the business end of the Saturn V
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The rear of the second stage
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Apollo 14 command module: Kitty Hawk
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Alan Shepard's Apollo spacesuit
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Super awesome
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And a lunar module!
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The Falcon 9 vertical on the pad at SLC-40!
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Looking over at 39-A
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I didn't get a picture later but closer to launch time this place was packed
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The view from our seats
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This guy was educating and entertaining the crowd
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Rocket launches!
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This helpful sign shows people where to look
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Birds love rocket launches
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Well, the launch was scrubbed. Let's head home and grab a few more pictures on the way out
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Outside the space shuttle building
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Little dreamchaser!
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Walking towards the rocket garden
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The rocket garden is pretty at sunset
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Atlas and Redstone, workhorses of Project Mercury!
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James attempts a face swap with this astronaut..
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And.. I guess you call this a success
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How about this kid?
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Sorry John and Josh, no launch for you!
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NASA is pretty cool
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James with the countdown clock
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I never got to see it for a shuttle countdown, but this is still pretty cool!
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Bye, KSC!
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The fireworks are more impressive up close. Or at least closer
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That's Cinderella's castle at the bottom right
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Inside the Polynesian
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I grabbed all the patches for Project Gemini while at KSC
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Mariah needs some diner food RIGHT NOW
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