posted 07-30-2003 02:29 AM
Well, today was a long long long exhausting day, and worth sharing with all the groups. But nevermind that, because it was worth it to hear Neil Armstrong speak (my first time seeing him in person). Although it was a fast hasty speech, in fact he seemed like he wanted to get out of there as soon as
possible, it was still nice.
Buzz Aldrin also attended the Centennial of Flight opening ceremonies in NYC
Tuesday morning, as did Ken Bowersox, who I got to talk to one on one for most
of twenty minutes, about his flight, the landing incident, his future and
Sox is a very nice and talkative person, and although I already had his
autograph from a friend at the return ceremony, I did not leave without one to
remember the occasion!
He signed an 8x10 of his STS-50 launch:
Here is Sox and Aldrin from one of the AP photos. I was about a foot to the
left of the photographer as he took both of these:
All in all a great day, and although approaching him was impossible, I will
at least remember having heard Armstrong speak, at least once.
The following photos:
The Mercury Redstone is a model, however it is believed to be the model on loan from the Air Force Space and Missile museum at the Cape (of which a model replaced the real thing when the real rocket was blown over in a Hurricane a few years ago).
Full size mockups of the forward and aft halves of the space shuttle cockpit were on display.
Models of the shuttle Discovery;
and a now-inaccurate model of the completed ISS.
Finally, a full-size shuttle EVA suit was on display. Unknown as to whether it is real or a mockup, flown or training.
[This message has been edited by Ben (edited July 30, 2003).]