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Choose2Go
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posted 06-20-2006 06:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Choose2Go   Click Here to Email Choose2Go     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thought you might like these fresh pickings from the KSC Rocket Garden.



The whole Titan is coming down to be fully assessed for structural issues and then to be preserved, repaired or replaced. The booster itself is actually made up of two first stage sections of Titan missiles, so having a more accurate portrayal of the Titan II would be welcome to this space enthusiast.

Yesterday, work began by removing the Gemini mockup from the top of the stack. Next will come the missile stages. The hope is that at the very least the engine cluster will be preserved, with the possibility the body of the rocket will be replaced with a free standing pylon (no wires) that can withstand the weather. This work is being down now, before the hurricane season really gets into gear, to avoid any potential concerns.

Expected return date is unknown, as the assessment will need to be completed before a work schedule can be drawn up. This work is being performed by Guard-Lee of Apopka, Florida.

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posted 06-21-2006 07:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jim-

Thanks for the great pictures and report. If the pylon would replace the wires-would the rocket "body" (hollowed out)be lowered over the pylon? Also will they do the same with the remaining displays?

Tim

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posted 06-21-2006 02:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for posting item and images.

Why not just display the vehicles horizontally . Would be better viwed that way as visitors could see the Gemini or Mercury capsule close-up.

I've been several times to the Visitor Center and whenever I've been there 'most' (not all) visitors seem to 'ignore' these items (perhaps just gazing at the base but then move on - usually to the engines or back to restaurant!

Phill

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posted 06-23-2006 09:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Choose2Go   Click Here to Email Choose2Go     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Rockets need to point to the sky, like aircraft need to be suspended from the ceiling, IMHO.

The pylon approach was used at the Kansas Cosmosphere http://aesp.nasa.okstate.edu/fieldguide/pages/booster/gt-kcsc.html and at the NY Hall of Science http://aesp.nasa.okstate.edu/fieldguide/pages/booster/gt-nyhos.html

See how nice those look, compared to the cabled down images? Of course, those places don't have to plan for 150 mph hurricane force winds!

The Garden sure feels different now-

Jim

[This message has been edited by Choose2Go (edited June 23, 2006).]

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posted 06-23-2006 01:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for collocation   Click Here to Email collocation     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Anyone have a close-up picture of a gemini after the first staging, like to see both stages in a picture as they separate
Thank you

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posted 06-25-2006 04:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dtemple   Click Here to Email dtemple     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone know the origin of the Gemini spacecraft mockup used for the GT display?

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