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Pictures taken during February 2018

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Joe's turn in the Rift
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Tom and Dan supervise Joe to make sure he doesn't punch a hole in the ceiling with his tall self
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What's up there?
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Justin and Ryan are here too!
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Katie and Dan consult about codenames
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Joe brought a bunch of Philly stuff, including pretzels from Wawa
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Dan explains his strategy
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Tom is incredulous
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Dream Team
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Ryan works the word angles
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Joe considers his options
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Switching the teams!
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This is how you can tell that Joe is on David's team
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Joe finally understands the "David / Codenames" stories
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Justin and Katie are the spy masters now!
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David has found a topic he understands
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Justin has resigned himself to being on David's team
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David should put this on his resume
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Let's watch some sports!
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Cross-couch shot
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Tom is feeling the sports energy!
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Dan just wants to play HQ
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Dan loves pictures
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He wouldn't pose with Snow White so I just put the camera next to Snow White and took the photo
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"Why won't you sit with me, Dan?"
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We could not figure out this buggy-ass map system
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The waitress wanted to pose when she saw my giant camera
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What is up with this crazy Ronald McDonald?
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James knows what's up with Ronald
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Or does he?
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Traffic on the way to KSC freaked me out
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Hello VAB
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This definitely isn't commentary on the SLS. Nope
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There she is.. Falcon Heavy
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Our viewing site was at the Turn Basin, right outside the VAB. Thanks to Jeff with the awesome access!
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The SLS launch platform. It's only leaning a little.
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Me with blurry Falcon Heavy!
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Blurry me with Falcon Heavy!
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Joe managed to get past the security.. rope. Joe goes where he wants
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And there he goes! Joe just walks across the moat thing and onto the Saturn Crawlerway. No one stopped him because they were too baffled
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I bought a much needed water here
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Falcon Heavy!
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That's a fine looking launch vehicle
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Jeff and his grandfather!
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James loves rockets
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I should've parked right in front of the rope. Oh well. We had some company!
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A panorama aronud our viewing site
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This guy has a longer telephoto than me
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The heat haze is a little frustrating but we're SO close. Just under 3 miles
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Dan's first rocket launch! Well, hopefully the first one that actually launches
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Spaaaaace
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VAB!
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Stay cool in the sun!
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Jeff is Mr. KSC these days. Very cool
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The Launch Control Center
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Another identical picture of Falcon Heavy on the launch pad
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The side of the VAB
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Upper level winds keep pushing the launch.. let's play cards!
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Dan taught me how to play Gin Rummy
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We played on the grass
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This was my view when laying in the field
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Is it time to launch yet?
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Dan doesn't want to have a second scrub
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Helicopter! Note the vortex coming off the blade tip
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I've heard this book is good!
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Boeing in the old OPF
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People with some good views on the LCC steps
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Trying new shots
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Falcon Heavyyyy
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How do I get on the LCC roof?
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We have venting!
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Are you topping off the oxygen after the venting?
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Black and white makes things cool
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Are you sick of Falcon Heavy photos yet?
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How about a wide shot?
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How about a picture of Dan taking a picture?
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Tactical Guy is ready for a launch
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A lot of venting on the right!
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It's launching!!
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It's actually going!
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Almost cleared the tower
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The plume is so bright
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Falcon Heavy has cleared the tower!
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Go baby go
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Let's try some more creative filters!
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You can clearly see how the center core is throttled down a bit
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Passing through the clouds
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Up and up and up
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The crowd went nuts
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It's starting to tilt over
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There's the cnotrail
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Take that, upper level winds
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It's really pitching now
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You can see the plume expanding as the pressure drops
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The contrail left a neat shadow
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Side core separation!
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This highly processed photo was the most visible I could make the boost back burn. You can see three plumes at once here!
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Meanwhile, the steam from the sound suppression system is drifting away
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Entry burn! I managed to capture it through the clouds. The side cores are slowing down to survive reentry
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Landing burn!! You can see a green light near the engine plume of the upper core. That's a result of the engine startup sequence
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That lower one is the same core I saw launch on the Thaicom-8 mission two years ago
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It's so insane actually seeing this happen right in front of me, less than ten miles away
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And they stuck the landing!
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Dan is excited for space!
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Wow. SLS at its finest
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Employee discount!
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Hey this place finally opened. We'll swing by later
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John Blaha again!
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Orion's heat shield is so enormous
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James follows the slowly rotating Orion
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Dan loves Orion
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I think this commercial spaceflight mural needs to be upgraded. XCOR is still here!
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"James don't touch the ball!"
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James touches the ball
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He loves touching the gross wet ball
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Shuttle stack!
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It's always surprising how huge these are
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Dan for scale
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Hey it's Blue Origin right next door!
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Dan finally meets a shuttle orbiter
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Dan, meet Atlantis. Atlantis, meet Dan.
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Hello, beautiful. Long time, no see.
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Dan just wanted to look at Atlantis all day. I can relate
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Atlantis closeup
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I love the hatch
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RCS in the nose
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Docking port
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Rear of the cargo bay
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OMS pod
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Umbilical connections
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Looking down the length of the payload bay
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Atlantis' left side
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NASA meatball!
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Tail!
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Dan checks out Atlantis' butt. Don't tell Katie.
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Seeing the shuttle in person for the first time is really something else. Especially after knowing about it for years
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I really can't get enough of this vehicle
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Peering into the cockpit
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Flight deck controls
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It's a great looking cockpit
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Star tracker cover
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Wide angle on Atlantis
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Engines and tail
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Such an expansive thermal protection system
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Dan loves the reentry slide
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James' turn
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The corner of Atlantis' wing
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Checking out the STS-135 nose wheels
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Looking back at the leading edge of the wing
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What the hell is this?? Is Kennedy making fun of Goddard??
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Time to pay our respects to Challenger and Columbia
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Challenger debris
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Columbia's windshield
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It's a great presentation. Quiet. Tasteful. I like to just stand and look for a while
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Closeup on the Columbia windshield
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Torn metal
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The grass..
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Closeup on the Challenger debris
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Structure under the outer layer
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Hey the strongback is still leaned back from yesterday
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39-A's looking pretty good after Falcon Heavy!
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Closeup of the strongback
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You can see just how far back it leans at liftoff
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Saturn V!
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Dan touched the moon rock
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Time to see the new Apollo 1 exhibit.
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Wow, Ed White's gas gun from his EVA
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The exhibit here was tasteful but infuriating. Everything was behind these transparent TV screens that had unskippable videos. Unlike Challenger and Columbia you can't just stand and look and think
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The outer cover on Apollo 1
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All three doors on Apollo 1. This was the best shot I could get thanks to the constantly changing video
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Closeup on the hatch
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The inner hatch
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It was a complicated mechanism
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Neat projection on a smoke all
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Dan and James on the Apollo catwalk
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LM-9!
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Apollo 14 CM Kitty Hawk, we meet again!
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Nice looking Block II door
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Armrest from Acquarius
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Apollo filght manuals
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Jim Lovell's flightsuit
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Apollo 17 mission rules
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Alan Shepard's Apollo spacesuit
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Closeup on Shepard's suit
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J-2 engines
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I love all the weird little details all around it
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Dan finally meets a Saturn V
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Say "Liftoff!"
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It's a great looking vehicle
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Laying on the ground, looking up at the base of the S-IC
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I always try to find new shots that I haven't already taken
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Oops. Bringing kids around is tough
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Laying on the ground, looking up at the base of the S-II
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Oh no!!
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It's John Blaha!
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This time I got his autograph
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What the hell??
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Hey look it's that stupid fake rover
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Expensive hat!
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Dan can't reach the Mercury controls
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Well that was fun
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Cool X-15 visual
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James doesn't want to be the commander. Dan's stoked for his EVA
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Of course, right after this photo I joined them
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Do you dare run through the fountain floor?
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James takes his life in his hands
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Dan isn't scared
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Neat Alan Sheapard statue
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Wow, this flag has seen some stuff. I wonder when they'll fly it next
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It's cool seeing the asymmetrical wear on the Gemini heat shield
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Tom Stafford and Gene Cernan's spacecraft
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Closeup on Tom Stafford's controls
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Primitive but reliable
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I like the switch guards
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I honestly can't tell if this is the ejection seat or where the seat goes
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The front of Gemini IX-A
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Closeup on the nose
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Hey cool, Wally Schirra's jacket! And.. harmonica?
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Gus Grissom's Mercury spacesuit
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Virgil Ivan Grissom
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The Mercury suits certainly have a distinctive look
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Recreation of the Mercury control room. I'm not sure if these are the actual consoles or not
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It's incredible what they did in the early 60s
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The early goal was to fly three orbits
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I wish I could've gotten a better version of this shot. I really love these helmets
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Buzz Aldrin's report card!
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Gene Cernan's report card!
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What's up with this window on the Redstone rocket?
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Sigma 7! Wally Schirra's home away from home for six orbits
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Taking a look inside Sigma 7
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Such a tiny little spacecraft
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I like this funny AR projection of Gene Cernan bouncing around
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The Astronaut hall of fame!
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Dan loves NASA
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Dan had fun
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Hey we know Terra!
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Bye James! Thanks!
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Airport rules
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Hey I know that building
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This is where CBS covered the old launches
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Me with the new countdown clock!
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So many LEDs
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Dan's done counting the LEDs, we can leave
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Joe loves NASA
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Media buildings
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Whoops, almost left my bag in the field!
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We don't need you, anymore, KSC tour bus!
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Another peek at 39-A
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It's a nice looking launchpad
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Hey it's SLC-41, now with a crew access arm!
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This is where the Atlas V launches
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Holy crap, the Beach House!
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This is where the astronauts would relax before missions
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The SLC-41 crew access arm
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Closeup on the crew access arm
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SLC-40, the SpaceX pad
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I always forget what this building is
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SLC-37!
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ULA building
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I love the look of buildings down here
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The old Launch Complex 34
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This is where Apollo 1 was going to launch
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This is where the accident happened
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"ABANDON IN PLACE"
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Plume deflectors
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The LC-34 launch mount
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It's really sobering being here
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Sacred ground
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They didn't want people getting too close because the structure is falling apart and dropping bits
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Lots of rust
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See?
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Another shot of the flame deflectors
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Looking back at the LC-37 structure
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Cruising around in style
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Oh man, is this what I think it is?
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Mercury 7 memorial
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Joe rented a fancy car
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This is where the Mercury orbital flights launched
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This is.. incredible
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Somehow I suspect they added these years after the fact
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Meanwhile, next door at the former LC-13... it's the Falcon Heavy side cores!
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They're so enormous
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Workers prepare one of the cores
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Looking good, considering!
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I got one decent shot as we drove by
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Ha, wow. This isn't a joke
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This is that ramp outside the O&C building that astronauts walk down, waving to the press, on the way to the astrovan!
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Joe helped me get a nicer shot by taking this sign off
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Touching the mission patches
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Of course, I had to walk down the ramp. I did not wave, though
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Hi Bob!
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Buzz Buzzington
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I like James' anti-wind guards for his plants
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Where are we going?
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Dan loves pingpong
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Lining up that slice!
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David thinks about his backlog
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Toys on my desk
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My throat hurts so bad!
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I crawled onto the bed and died for a few days
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Hi Neil
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This is where I keep this origami ball
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Joe's patchse
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Tom hard at work
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50% off flowers on the day after Valentine's Day
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A row of buildings near my house
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Sad balloon
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Space debris or washing machine? You be the judge
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Walking down the bike trail
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The contractor fixed my siding. Good job!
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Also reattached this drain
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Oh no!! Snow!!
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Neil!
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David only drinks Mio, not water
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What's out there?
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Dynamics book!
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Dan inspects my new book
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Apollo 17 patch! I can't believe I'm already to the end of the lunar landing missions
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Hi Scott!
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Eppy!!
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Eppy is a noodle cat
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Dan has several confusing games
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Ellicott City is a cool place! I like the verticality. Unfortunately, it makes this region prone to really horrific flooding
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Grain elevators! Haven't seen those in a while
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The menu at Macha Time
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Joe's grinding coffee at work now
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Hi David
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Various refuse!
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Nice clouds
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