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From: Merritt Island, FL, USA
Registered: Feb 2004

posted 12-03-2005 05:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Choose2Go     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Rocket Garden at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is back to full strength with the erection Friday of the Thor-Able booster damaged in last year's hurricane season. During the storm, the upper stage was blown off and damaged beyond repair. It was used to create a fiberglas replica, which now tops the Thor.

The Juno II, which was completely blown over, was repaired and placed back in position earlier this summer. This work was accomplished by Guard-Lee of Apopka, Florida, who also created the orbiter Explorer that is at the visitor complex.

Rob Joyner

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From: GA, USA
Registered: Jan 2004

posted 12-03-2005 09:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rob Joyner   Click Here to Email Rob Joyner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great timing! I was there today, (Dec. 3) and thought it looked brand new, but had no idea it was erected just yesterday! If I remember the info plaque correctly, is this a Delta rocket?

And since you live down there and mentioned orbiter "Explorer," do you have any idea what became of orbiter "Ambassador" that used to be on display there in the early 90's? It was located at the edge of what now may be part of the parking lot or even a bit farther in where the Debus Center/Early Space building is now. Could it be that it's the same one?

Also at the same time, there was a LM mock-up located near where the Apollo 11 Service Arm is now. Thanks!


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From: San Diego
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posted 12-03-2005 10:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It was good to meet you there today, Rob.


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From: Titusville, FL
Registered: Feb 2005

posted 12-04-2005 01:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Rob, I remember the "Ambassador" when it left in 1993 or 94 it was headed to Korea. Where it is now I don't know.

I think the LM mockup from the rocket garden went to the Apollo V Center. Maybe the Lunar Theater?

Robert M Blevins
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From: Kent, Washington State, USA
Registered: Dec 2005

posted 12-04-2005 10:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert M Blevins   Click Here to Email Robert M Blevins     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
At the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in Portland, they have an exact replica of a Mercury capsule. The controls and switches and gauges are all original.

Not only that, but OMSI is a hands-on museum. You can climb inside, shut the door, and imagine you are John Glenn or whoever. Fairly cool.

Scott F Pooke
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posted 12-06-2005 03:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott F Pooke   Click Here to Email Scott F Pooke     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Regarding that LM (mockup) that was at KSC... I heard on the grapevine that it ended up at or near the Stennis Space Center, possibly in a park. The only one at the Saturn V Center that I'm aware of is LM-9, the original LM for Apollo 15 before 15 became a J mission.

I'm glad to hear that the Thor in the rocket garden is healthy again. From the images, I cannot tell the difference. Congratulations to those responsible, an excellent job.


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From: Merritt Island, FL, USA
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posted 12-07-2005 04:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Choose2Go     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The rocket is a Delta booster which was derived from the Thor-Able.

The "Ambassador" orbiter was sent to several countries, winding up somewhere in South America. Word I got is the cockpit section has been gutted (stolen) and no plans to re-erect the model.

The LM that sat in the KSC Rocket Garden is indeed at the Stennis Space Center Visitor Station at the Mississippi Welcome Station on I-10 eastbound.

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