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Pictures taken during September 2016

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This is the actual tool used to help open the Hubble on a servicing mission!
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Gathering around to watch the web stream
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This visitor center is pretty cool! I'll have to come back some time
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Let's make electricity
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Decent show out
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This is a pretty great ISS model
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Some Goddard staff were around to explain aspects of the asteroid retrieveal mission
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They even have a model of Goddard's first liquid fueled rocket
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A viewing tent!
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Ahh, this room looks good
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This is where I watched the launch from
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Good launch! Let's check out the fake Apollo capsule
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See you in 2023, OSIRIS-REx!
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The camp site (and parking lot) where I hung out before the race
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These fine folks answered my call on Reddit when I was looking for people to teach me what's up with NASCAR. From left to right, Kevin, Guy I Forget Who Might Be Tyler, Derrick, and Andrew
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Andrew grabs a few beverages for the road as we get ready to check out the pre-race activities
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There were so many cars! So many people!
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Riding over in the tram
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I have arrived!
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The Richmond International Raceway
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I heard the radios are a must-have. I couldn't hear much over them but it was decent hearing protection if nothing else
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Lots of people wandering around
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Time to pick up my tickets
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NASCAR tickets!
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It was so hot. Wearing my Formula 1 hoodie did not help
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Hey, NASA is here!
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NASCAR cars are based on road cars but they still differ pretty significantly!
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Derrick and Andrew were into it
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Hi Toyota Lady
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Derrick looks right at home in that race car
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Nailed it
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Snowmobile jumping!
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And motocross bikes!
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It's hard to not look cool on a motocross bike
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Lots of ads, everywhere
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There were a bunch of NASCAR cars sitting around for people to check out
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Neat
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Wanna go for a ride?
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Let's head to the Fan Zone and buy some swag!
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So much swag
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Every driver had their own section! Where's Ricciardo?
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Derrick, Andrew, and Kevin are champions
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More posing for pictures
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Heading back to the campsite
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This is some hardcore camping. What the hell is this thing??
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Derrick's having a good time
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Let's play Stump!
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John explains the finer techniques of grilling on whatever the hell this is
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Andrew takes his turn in Stump. It's a very literal game.
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Kevin carefully uses one of his nail-extractions, bought by doing two shots
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This is a fun time
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Getting properly lubricated before the race
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I think Andrew is halfway there
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Kevin is just here for the boos
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Careful with that hammer..
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BAM!
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A little shotgunning..
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Golden hour is so nice
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Ready to roll out. Let's go to the race!
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Talking to friendly strangers on the tram
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This is translated as "oh god, please stop driving drunk!"
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Here we are!
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Holy crap. It's way more intense than I imagined. The sights, the sounds, the smells..
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At the race!
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It's overwhelming
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This catch fence looks pretty strong
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I was jealous of the photo guy's gear
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Hey neat, this is one of the mics they use to get car audio on the TV broadcast
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They take the national anthem pretty seriously around here. Reeeeeally seriously.
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The lighting was fantastic
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This photo looks pretty similar but check out the flyover!
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Fun old timey planes
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There were also some modern jets but I couldn't get a photo of them. Too fast!
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The cars are getting ready
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The all seeing info board
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Official Guy says "let's race!"
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Doing a few formation laps
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They were incredibly loud. It wasn't the apocalyptic level of loud I had expected but I'm so glad I brought hearing protection
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There were a lot of people
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Warming up those tires
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The cars drove by in a grid formation as a tribute to the fans
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It's weird to see them driving in these lines
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Double the cars of an F1 race
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And now we are racing! You can tell because I couldn't focus on the cars very well
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Sparks are flying!
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This guy lost the whole rear of his car but kept going for the whole race!
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Pit stops are a little slower in NASCAR than F1 but no less impressive!
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That yellow blur is a car
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This looks like a pretty crappy job
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Another car out of control!
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Coming into the pitlane
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Another rapid pit stop
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Ready to go, away they go!
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I had to get closer to the cars on my way out
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nnnnNNNYOOOWWWww
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Well that was a blast! NASCAR may not be my thing but I had a ton of fun. Thanks again to Derrick and Andrew and crew for taking me in for the race. Super cool dudes.
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Sue and Little Bear!
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Little Bear's got that crazy eye
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Who loves walks? Presumably every dog.
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After wanting one for years I finally bought myself a Gameboy Advance SP
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It's just such a nice little unit
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I wish it slept when closed but when can you do
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And I picked up a great RPG to go along with it
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Bryce loves driving
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Hey it's Baldwin!
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This would be way creepier if I didn't live there for two years
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I wasn't allowed to bring my real camera to the concert. Bummerrrrr
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I have no idea if this is a good turnout or not. Seems alright!
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CHVRCHES!
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Good ol' Friendship 7
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And Gemini IV! That's the door Ed White left on America's first spacewalk
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The Mercury capsules look so rough
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Not that Gemini looks all that much better
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Apollo 11's Columbia is just sitting around in the open!
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X-15 #1. Doing the podcast has really given me a better appreciation for all these vehicles
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One of the unused lunar modules
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All sorts of goodies
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Such a good hallway
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Gemini IV and Friendship 7. So awesome to see these two side by side
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SpaceShipOne!
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I got in line early and snagged a good seat
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The theme of tonight's event
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If I recall correctly, this is the head of Goddard
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Charlie Bolden, the NASA administrator!
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Checking out the rear of the X-15
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Back home on the Metro
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I'm going to go out on a limb and say this is a C-130
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I'm mostly sure this is an F-22
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Bye, F-22
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The sun had already set so the lighting was really awful
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Older planes
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New and old!
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F-16? There was also a stealth bomber but, appropriately, it snuck up on me and I couldn't get a photo. No joke.
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Omar's having a fun time
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What's in the bag?
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Yay, awards! Good job, a.i.
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A mantis is in the bag!!
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Streeeettcch
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Come on little dude, you can do it
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My ever-growing collection of random nonsense at my desk
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What greets me at the start and end of most days. Omar's weird old van
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A sun dog! See that tiny rainbow? That's called a sun dog. Or maybe it was just a tiny rainbow
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Time to finally get this porch cleaned up
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It's usable!
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More stuff I need to clean up
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Neil's such a chubbo
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The supermarket parking lot. Exhilarating.
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Looking up at all the flags in Building 32
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Scott uses his superpowers to make the meeting room bigger
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Scott got some new server. Exciting!
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The view from my desk if I stand up
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Omar and I take furniture layout way too seriously
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Neil's just chilling
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Getting into Project Gemini on the podcast!
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I added a Watkins Glen track layout sticker to my car
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It's the Moon!
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Josh loves burgers
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The rear of JWST
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Josh also loves space telescopes
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I think this is also part of JWST? Or maybe just equipment to test
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Dan loves photos
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Nice clouds in Philadelphia
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Alarming clouds back in Hyattsville
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Buzz is a cat model
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Messing up the tree!
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Dave is really proud of his vest
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My trusty dashcam
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We tried to make Buzz walk on the ceiling. We failed.
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Hi Neil.
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Keto snacks!
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I registered high blood pressure at the doctor so got this to measure at home. Turns out I just get nervous in blood pressure tests at the doctor..
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My awesome new NASA license plate. The number is cool too but you don't get to know it
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Jeff concentrates on ping pong
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Kimchi Dan gets really into it
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Let's get some wings!
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Dan samples Scott's unexpectedly girly drink
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New employee lunch!
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Hi guys!
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