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Pictures taken during October 2019

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What are these weird marks in the dust?? Was a raccoon trying to close this?
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This looks almost identical to an earlier photo.. cause I was doing this a lot when the weather was nice
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Hanging with Bryce
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Neil isn't used to the carrier
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Where are we?
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Time to weigh Neil
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Wow, down to 13.4. His maximum was around 18.5 pounds. Poor Neil's kidneys are failing.
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Neil exploring the vet's office
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Where'd the vet go? Neil wonders
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Running some bloodwork
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Time to get back in the carrier, Neil
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Well this is quite a crew! Clark James, me, Mel, Bryce, James' wife Madeline, and Dan!
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Look at the size of that space telescope, that's so funny
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Discovery looking good!
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Dan demonstrates how space happens
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Soyuz, you so little
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Checking out the old Delta behind the visitor's center
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Yeah, space is pretty cool
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James found this random kitchen knife in the parking lot for B29
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The ROC was open and photos were allowed! This is our full-sized Landsat-7 mockup
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Landsat-7! We're coming for you!
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Big shiny spaceship
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James is into it
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Someone made a tiny Wilson out of a tennis ball
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Mel and Dan are thinking about starting a band
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Mel's all about ruining perfectly good photos by deploying The Crazy Eyes
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Mmhmm..
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This is the hexapod. It simulates the movements of Landsat-7 as our arm moves in for capture
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The gold thing is Landsat-7 and the silver thing is a mockup of our payload, which sits on top of the main spacecraft bus. We use heavy industrial arms for practice and development
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Another view of the hexapod
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Back of the hexapod
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See that boxy protrusion at the bottom-left? That's the cover over the fill and drain valve. That's what we need to cut off
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Me with Landsat-7!
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"It's right behind me, isn't it"
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James and Madeline with Landsat-7
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Don't clap at the phone!
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James demonstrates the different stages of refueling
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And then there's this thing
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I think that instrument at the top-right is the main camera
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Looking down at the rest of the ROC. We didn't go down there since another tour was going on
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James and Bryce peek into the back of the SSDIF
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James saw these stairs with some sort of sign saying not to go to the top.. so he immediately got on the bottom
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Checking out the scary centrifuge
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Checking out the scary vibe room
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Dan's been on this tour a few times
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James, Madeline, Bryce, Mel, and Dan with the SES
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Look at the size of that subwoofer, that's so funny
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James with the hydraulics-driven subwoofer
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Mel and Madeline at the observation window
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Hanging around, looking at the SSDIF
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Back at my house.. it's time for fun and games!
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Games and beer are fun
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Dan loves games
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Neil! Looking good!
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Mel and Bryce are in the Hood Club
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Yeahhhh, hood club for life
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This was a mean picture I took and decided to keep for all eternity. We'll never forget, Mel!!
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Ha, what's that face, James?
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Hanging around the Codenames table
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Mel's having fun
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James thinks deep thoughts
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The Clark James story
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Bye Madeline and James! Thanks for visiting! Have a good road trip!
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Magic is fun! Dan looks confused because Magic is confusing
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Mel gets ready for the cooking contest
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Yeah, this is going to be a good contest
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Dan's got to rethink his plan. The pizza dough arrived frozen!
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So much food! The theme was "pockets" and the secret ingredients were a special hot sauce (from Bryce) and "gelatin" from me
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The competitors at work
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This looks like baking
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Dan chops a thing
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Mel accidentally spilled a bunch of gelatin-rich sauce. Whoops
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We couldn't find a can opener so I opened this one the hard way. It's a miracle none of us needed stitches
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Dan's calzone bases
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Mel in full madness mode
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It's almost time to eat!
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Mel makes final preparations
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Dan's calzones are looking great!
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Mel's crustini is also looking great!
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Final touches
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Opening bottles is hard
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No matter what, we all win because we get to eat this delicious food!
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Mel prays to the cooking competition gods
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Bryce settles in to judge the food
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Dan makes a dumb face
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Mel won the competition! But both meals were excellent!
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Later that night I found some of Mel's gelatin spill in a seltzer box
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Nice morning for a train ride
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Hey it's the new 2U building!
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It's that crazy stair egg thing
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It's pretty neat in person
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Josh pointed out that this building looks like a butt
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This building does not look like a butt
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Hi Josh
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This structure slides back and forth like the New Safe Confinement!
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I think this is the building I saw being constructed on my daily commute
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Josh and I are going to see the museum on the Intrepid!
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Look at all those airplanes
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Hudson Yards
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F-16 looking good
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SR-71 is getting some work done
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This is a jet-looking jet
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Cool folding wings
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Radar!
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Handle with care
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"OF JET"
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These wires look.. fine
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I want totouch
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Josh was fascinated by these tubes that people could shout into as a power-free intercom
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So many phones
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These are some intense looking dials
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Some old veterans were there to explain how stuff worked. Very cool
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Not a bad bed
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Ludicrous speed?
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I wonder what modern equivalent of this looks to
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Cool 24 hour clock
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Josh is a sailor man
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Josh declares this to be a ship of peace
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Nice view
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Hey this area sure looks familiar
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Do not touch!
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More strange instruments
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Switches
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The view from the brudge
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Look at Josh. He is the captain now.
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Let's go see Enterprise!
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T-38! This is the jet that astronauts learn how to fly
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OV-101 looking good as always
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It's so hard to get a good photo of Enterprise in this small space
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Fred Haise and Gordon Fullerton looked through these windows during the first flight of Enterprise
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Chunky wings
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Looking down the port side
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Enterprise doesn't get enough credit
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Josh with Enterprise
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Me with Enterprise. I have a gigantic and heavy backpack on
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Decent wide angle shot of Enterprise
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Scars for her sister, OV-102
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Another view of the left wing
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So many tiles. Well, no tiles, really. But normally there's a lot of tiles here
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Scars from STS-107 testing
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Wind tunnel model of the orbiter
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Wind tunnel model of an early version of the shuttle
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Signatures from the RCC team?
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The RCC panels are big
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Enterprise still has its name on the payload bay door, the old style
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Soyuz is a little smaller
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Pile-o-orbiters
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Josh and I wondered why they were selling this donut toy
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What it looks like to recover a Gemini
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Concorde! Someday I'll get down there
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Josh considers getting into the bunk
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It was very uncomfortable
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I almost beat the day's score for landing the shuttle simulator! I was just slightly too fast
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The side of Gemini
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It's time to see The Adventure Zone!
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Suz is excited
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No real cameras were allowed in the theater for some reason, so cell photos are all I've got
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It was an incredible theater
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The view from our seats!
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Become the Monster
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It's the McElroys!
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It was a great show
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Justin and Clint McElroy
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Who are you pointing at?
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Clint's got a Narfblaster!
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The view from the new 2U office
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Suz tries the weird hanging eggs
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Nice new place!
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Back at the theater for My Brother My Brother and Me
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My Brother My Brother And Me!
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Our seats for MBMBaM were further back but we didn't have anyone in front of us
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Justin and Sydnee!
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Suz is excited about intermission
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Hi Suz
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Check out the crazy ceiling in the theater
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The brothers do their work
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In classic NYC style we went to an unbearably small and expensive place for food. Great pretzel!
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Poor AJ was sick all weekend
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What AJ thinks of this photo
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Codenames is fun
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It's a sundog! That's the sun on the left and the sundog on the right. It happens when light is refracted by high altitude ice crystals
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Unloading the gear. Cupcakes and cookies count as gear
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Cupcake disaster
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Moe was super super helpful setting up the stream
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I brought in the podcast microphone!
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Barton and his girlfriend swung by a few times to check on us
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Who wants some space swag?
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The stream is running!
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We all took different shifts. The checkerboard thing is actually a target for our drones. I just borrowed it to stick the webcam on it
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This looks like it's going well
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Nick spent a few hours with us and got us some lunch. Or maybe it was dinner. It sort of blends together
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Tom got a certain song stuck in our head
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De-sharked Tom takes a stab at building a rocket
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Tom's rocket had a few issues, but I think he was just goofing off
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Josh has his own stream to watch
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Space is fun
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This looks.. practical
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Demonstrating the sound of the slap bracelets on the stream
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So much junk food! We ended up not even touching a lot of this
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Thanks for the food, Elliot!
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We spent far too much time trying to land this beast
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7 hours later.. it was 5:27am and I was losing my mind. The home stretch was rough but we raised a bunch of money for charity!
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Working on the Challenger episode while watching the EVA
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Neil is very sick. His kidneys have been failing and right before this photo he had what we think was a seizure. He's hanging in there but it was very scary
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Poor little Neil
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Neil! Despite being sick he still enjoys sitting together
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Hey little buddy
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Neil! That penetrating stare
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The Space Above Us finally arrived at the Challenger episodes
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Neil at the vet
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So curious
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I think that's some test equipment for Restore!
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Mysterious abandoned astronaut at Capitol Tech
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You lost, little guy?
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I added a New Glenn sticker to my water bottle
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I met a TSAU listener when he was visiting GSFC from England! Cadair!
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Time to fly
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BWI
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What city is this?
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