When She Wants to Pretend Like Nothing Happened
Take care, everyone! I’m going into the mountains of Georgia for over a week, where there is no wi-fi. I’M OUTTA HERE!
One of my favorite parts of any space center, a rocket garden provides a peaceful setting to observe and inspect the flight hardware that mankind has used in its quest to conquer the stars. Kennedy Space Center’s rocket garden was the best I have ever seen it when I visited yesterday, 23 July, 2014.
Since I last visited, every rocket has been repainted. The bright red colors of the vehicle markings on the Saturn IB stood out to the most to me. One of my favorite rockets, I remember the IB at Kennedy Space Center severely deteriorated, paint faded and metal rusted. Not the case anymore.
The relatively recently refurbished Gemini Titan II has as it’s most defining feature it’s single LR-87 engine. Since the engine compartment faring was omitted on the Titan missile, the engines and nozzles are exposed more than on other rockets. This allows for great inspection of its complicated system of tubes, pipes, and wires.
One element of the garden I was not able to capture recently are the rockets illuminated at night. The Saturn IB is draped in a dark blue, with each vertical rocket different illuminations of white. Ground lighting adds another level of beautiful ambiance to the garden, which takes on a totally different atmosphere after dark.
Watching the Delta IV launch up close! #godelta
I think I recognize that view! Were you on top of the 5th Space Launch Squadron building?
My mood these past few months.
July 22, 1933: Wiley Post completes first solo around-the-world flight in 7 Days
On this day in 1933, American aviator Wiley Post returned to New York after traveling 15,596 miles in the first solo around-the-world flight. The flight lasted 7 days, 18 hours, and 49 minutes, during which time Post made 11 stops for fuel and rest.
Post’s plane, the Winnie Mae (named for his daughter), is now on display at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. In 1931, he completed an 8-day around-the-world trip on this plane along with navigator Harold Gatty.
Photo: “Winnie Mae” a Lockheed Vega aircraft of Wiley Post, when it was on display at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Wikimedia Commons.
"You know, it probably would be better if I was over on this camera. [Pause] Okay. Well, now that I’m over on this camera it probably would be better if you put the cards over here.”
As a side note, the most dangerous job in 1997 was being an astronaut on Mir.