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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Episode 64: A Weird New Hope

I'm staying optimistic. You never know. A day in the dark sure can make your attitude dull. Ah, but a day in space?--Now there's a morale booster!

Here are some pics from the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

Huntsville was the long term home of some very important people, like Dr. Wernher von Braun, who in his early life was instrumental for inventing technology that would be used for missiles that bombed England, yet later settled in Huntsville as a friend to England and the United States, and invented the rockets that brought us to the moon!

"The Davidson Center for Space Exploration is like no other in the country. In its 476 foot long, 90 foot wide and 63 foot high structure, suspended 10 feet above the floor, is a national historic treasure, the mighty Saturn V, restored to its Apollo era readiness."

Holy cow, now who doesn't get excited about peeing in space? (What? -you must have no sense of humor and should probably retire to seclusion in the mid-west somewhere.)

This space suit was almost creepy...I wonder if someone was really inside there waiting for me to make my move...I really wanted to go home with this suit!

Even though the rockets and parts were very cool to look at, this pic below was really the star of the show for me...to see the actual Apollo 16 command module that re-entered the atmosphere and landed safely back to Earth is nothing short of a miracle for sure..at least by 1972 terms!!


















A pretty cool shot of the Bottom of the Saturn V rocket, a shot taken looking up at it, as it is suspended 10 feet above our heads. It almost looks as if you could walk through the field of engines!


Naturally, I took some liberties...Flash photos of the inside of engine modules made for a few interesting shots.















WHAT THE HEY??? -- Adults aren't allowed in space camp!!!
Think of the revenue that could be generated if only they would change that policy!!


Sure, lots of us have great ideas...It's implementation that's the problem! Now, go write an Iphone app or something! Go create your own fly-me-to-the-moon excitement! No time like the present. Can't wait for Government funding, ya know, NASA can't even get that!


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5 comments:

  1. It's pretty neat to see that stuff. I had only been to Cape Canaveral before, which is really cool, but this was an entirely different experience.

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  2. I can only imagine how small one would feel next to that rocket.
    I love the shot of the bottom of the Saturn V rocket - it's one of those photos that I would never be able to guess what it is if there was a competition.
    Of course, I never guess the right amount of jellybeans either...

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  3. It is humbling, to be sure. Yea, what's the thing with the jellybeans, anyway? The most impossible task every year at the Christmas party..and it's a company full of engineers! Also, some wife who wins it! LOL

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