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WAWalsh
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posted 02-11-2010 10:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for WAWalsh   Click Here to Email WAWalsh     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looking at photos from STS-129, I noticed something odd behind Nicole Stott in the following photograph. Very much reminded of Captain Picard having various models of the Enterprise in his inner sanctum, it appears that a model sailing ship has made it to the ISS.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 02-11-2010 11:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The story behind this model ship is briefly described on Space.com:
While on the space station, [Michael] Barratt also plans to assemble a model of the 18th century tall ship HM Bark Endeavour, after which the NASA space shuttle Endeavour was named.

"I plan to do some comparisons and contrasts between space voyaging and sea voyaging," Barratt said.

Steve Procter
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posted 02-12-2010 07:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Steve Procter   Click Here to Email Steve Procter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's worth noting of course that current on board astronaut Nick Patrick was born only 12 miles away or so from Capt. James Cook's birthplace in North Yorkshire, and spent his early years in that area visiting often the port of Whitby where three of Cook's voyages on the Endeavour departed from.

Nick has voyaged a little further on board his Endeavour. I suspect Captain Cook would have approved!

Robert Pearlman
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posted 02-12-2010 11:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And to that end, from my interview with Patrick prior to his launch on STS-130:
...he also has a replica flag from the ship that gave Endeavour its name.

"I'm flying a reproduction of the red ensign that flew on the HM Bark Endeavour, which was Captain Cook's ship of discovery that he took to the Pacific. The ship he sailed when he discovered Hawaii," said Patrick.

BJWest
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posted 02-16-2010 03:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BJWest   Click Here to Email BJWest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Neat! I bet he's not using regular old model glue (toxic and flammable!) to put it together up there!

AstronautBrian
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posted 02-16-2010 04:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for AstronautBrian   Click Here to Email AstronautBrian     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It is difficult enough for me to put a model together on Earth...I can't imagine how much more difficult it would be in zero G.

But I would be willing to try.

Steve Procter
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posted 02-16-2010 04:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Steve Procter   Click Here to Email Steve Procter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Model kit glue and paint can be messy enough at times - imagine using them in zero G.

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