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NASA Glenn
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posted 03-27-2009 01:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for NASA Glenn   Click Here to Email NASA Glenn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Cleveland (Ohio) City Hall proudly displays flown flag and patch presentations from Challenger STS-8 and Columbia STS-5 in a display case in the main rotunda.

mjanovec
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posted 03-27-2009 03:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was watching the Season 8 DVD set of the X-Files recently and there was an episode where Scully gives Ageny Doggett an Apollo 11 medallian that Mulder have given to her a few years prior. The medallian ends up playing a role in the plot later on in the episode...

I've noticed a few other bits of space memorabilia show up on earlier seasons of the X-Files, including a framed photo of the space shuttle landing on wall of an FBI office that appears in several episodes. Not to mention there is also an episode that directly involves NASA and a former (fictiional) astronaut...

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posted 05-17-2009 08:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick   Click Here to Email Rick     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There's an arcade-style flight game out for PlayStation 3 and XBox called "Tom Clancy's HAWX." On one of the later levels, you defend a space shuttle launch from attack by enemy forces. The graphics are stunning, right down to KSC's launch pad and VAB.

Also, the moon hoax episode is included on the latest Mythbusters DVD release. It's Collection 4, and the guys do an amazing job recreating the lunar surface and LM to disprove conspiracy theories.

Finally, in the James Bond movie "From Russia With Love", there's a picture of Yuri Gagarin on the wall of the Soviet embassy.

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posted 05-17-2009 03:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lunarrv15   Click Here to Email lunarrv15     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Ramada Inn in Titusville on Route 50 (Cheney) has six crew photos per each picture frame along a short hallway from the lobby to the pool.

A small display case of program patches in the lobby is next to the computer for the guest.

Leon Ford
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posted 05-17-2009 03:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Leon Ford   Click Here to Email Leon Ford     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Watching the James Bond film "Diamonds are Forever" this weekend and there is a model of the Saturn V in Willard White's office. Looks like a couple of other rocket models in there also.

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posted 05-26-2009 10:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mr Meek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Guinness World Records museum in Gatlinburg, TN surprised me with a few space-related displays. Most are (somewhat out-of-date) trivia and pictures printed on Lexan, but they do have a couple of interesting pieces:

For whatever reason, the "flight suit" is a USSRC uniform, and the patch display places Apollo 1 and ASTP next to one another. Ignore the goober mugging for the camera, that's just me being a ham.

This one is actually pretty interesting. The flag (and, presumably jacket) were flown on Skylab I; but the writing on the note card (from Pete Conrad) has, unfortunately, faded to nothing.

For a museum that is mostly comprised of "World's tallest man", "Fastest critter", and "Most marshmallows eaten in 30 seconds", I thought the Skylab display was pretty unusual.

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posted 06-05-2009 01:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gilbert   Click Here to Email Gilbert     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
On a recent episode of "30 Rock" Alec Baldwin had a memory of an unforgettable space toy he got for Chrsitmas as a kid. He went out and 'procured' an identical item from a collector to rekindle his enjoyment. On the show he paid $5000 for a detailed replica of the "Apollo command/service module and lunar lander". He held the item for a moment on screen and it looked to be about 1/48th scale and did look nice. The modules were docked.

Note: I posted this before I read Rob's comments on the same episode. Sorry.

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Last winter I had arranged a private tour of the archeological museum at Ohio State University for my son's Cub Scout den. While perusing their guest book I found a printed-style signature of Neil Armstrong from 2006. I asked the professor-curator about his visit and he confirmed it was THE NA and said he was a delighful man who took a special interest in the meteorite display. Image that?!

mikepf
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posted 06-17-2009 03:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mikepf   Click Here to Email mikepf     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I walked into my local Costco store yesterday to be greeted by a bank of about 15 large screen TVs. The demo video they were playing at the moment just happened to be showing the launch of STS-124. It was pretty spectacular. If only I could have cranked up the audio!

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posted 06-29-2009 12:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMckay   Click Here to Email BMckay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
These signs were found on the wall at a Boy Scout Camp (Camp Wanocksett) in Jaffrey, New Hampshire. I think they were done by scouts .

Rob Joyner
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posted 06-29-2009 05:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rob Joyner   Click Here to Email Rob Joyner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Though it doesn't quite fit the category as a tangible piece, on GSN's new Big Saturday Night last weekend one of the lists on The Money List show was the Moonwalkers.

Armstrong and Aldrin were named immediately. It took a little longer before Shepard was named. And then the confusing looks began! The next answer was, and you've probably guessed it, John Glenn!

Oh, well. Without losers there'd be no winners!

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posted 08-08-2009 11:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looking around York Minster in England last week, I spotted two roof bosses - one symbolizing Neil Armstrong on the moon, the other a more generic man on the moon.

Apparently competition winners from a mid-1980s children's design effort.

Then, at the local Castle Museum, a "Sixties" exhibition with large acrylic pieces representing many Sixties iconic images, including a Lunar Module. Plus a sit-inside Mercury spacecraft with Aurora 7 artwork.

AJ
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The current issue of Vanity Fair (two covers: Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett) has a very cool article and photo spread about Don and Betty Draper, lead characters on AMC's Mad Men, which is such an awesome show. Crazily enough, in one photo a framed WSS portrait of Jim Lovell makes an appearance.

MichaelD
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posted 09-13-2009 11:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MichaelD   Click Here to Email MichaelD     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In the CO's Office at Coast Guard Sector Houston is a small Coast Guard Flag that flew on the Shuttle.

At the Elementary School in Guantanamo Bay Cuba was a signed photo from Fred Haise to the School. Saw it there in 1995.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 08-19-2010 03:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Not my article, but Reisman's training jumpsuit is now at his middle school.
Central Middle School students will have a new source of inspiration when they enter through the school's front doors this coming school year.

Astronaut and alum Garrett Reisman was honored Tuesday afternoon, with school officials dedicating the school's lobby wall with large frames containing pictures of Reisman's mission to the International Space Station, as well as the space uniform he used training for the mission.

Reisman, who was dressed in a blue NASA uniform, said he was grateful for the honor.

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posted 08-19-2010 08:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for gleopold   Click Here to Email gleopold     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Marquette University Warriors (or whatever they are called now) used to wear the Apollo 11 mission patch on their jerseys, including 1977, the year they won the NCAA basketball national championship. Why they wore it, I don't know, but it looked cool as hell.

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posted 08-19-2010 11:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The back side of the Susan B. Anthony dollar coin has the artwork used on the Apollo 11 mission patch, featuring the Eagle on the moon with the olive branch. It is still one of my favorite coins.

The TV series "Big Bang Theory" naturally has more then a few space type references. But among the comic and pop movie culture stuff on display in the apartment, there is a 1/72 shuttle model sitting on the mantle in the apartment living room. I am pretty sure it is a built Revell model kit since it appears the roof of the flight deck is missing (it was a lift off piece in the kit).

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posted 08-20-2010 07:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMckay   Click Here to Email BMckay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My office. Work at a bank and people like it instead of the bank regs and all.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 01-19-2011 01:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Was at a local middle school named after McAuliffe, and wished I had taken my point-and-shoot with me.

Grace Corrigan (McAuliffe's mother) visited the school when it opened in 1993 and gave a signed McAuliffe litho as well as a Teacher-in-Space and 51L patch.

But by far the coolest is a quilt done for Challenger's 10th anniversary, which features signatures of several astronauts, mostly Apollo-era (the sole exception is John Glenn's.) There's a printed (e.g., non-script) Neil Armstrong, as well as autographs from Mattingly, Cernan, Anders, Stafford, Haise and Aldrin included.

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posted 01-19-2011 02:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Jay Chladek:
The back side of the Susan B. Anthony dollar coin has the artwork used on the Apollo 11 mission patch, featuring the Eagle on the moon with the olive branch. It is still one of my favorite coins.

I know I'm replying to an older post, but I also wanted to point out that this same artwork was on the reverse of the Eisenhower dollar coin too, which pre-dates the Susan B. Anthony dollar. Frank Gasparro designed both coins and he must have liked the Apollo 11 insignia so much that he continued it on the Anthony dollar.

To this day, the Eisenhower dollar is still my favorite coin...partly because of the artwork and partly because it was the last dollar coin that still felt impressive to hold in one's hand. It actually made it seem like a dollar was worth something.

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posted 02-23-2011 03:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 4allmankind   Click Here to Email 4allmankind     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was at the Calgary airport this past weekend and while walking to the food court, I felt the need to look above my head and to my astonishment saw an all-white 1/4 scale metal model of the space shuttle.

I walked over to see an attraction entitled 'Spaceport.' As per the signage in the airport, the shuttle model was used by NASA in 1981 for 'vibration tests.'

There was also a moon rock on site inside of a lucite pyramid but it was not mission specific. The rest of the exhibit was hands on children driven experiments and mostly 3-D rides. Amazing to see some space stuff up in Calgary of all places.

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posted 02-23-2011 09:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dss65   Click Here to Email dss65     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Heck, Calgary IS halfway to the moon, isn't it?

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posted 02-24-2011 08:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 4allmankind   Click Here to Email 4allmankind     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It seemed rather close, yes. It was colder in Calgary than on the Moon, that is for sure.

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posted 02-24-2011 12:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fredtrav   Click Here to Email fredtrav     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Aww, come on. Calgary is beautiful... in July.

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I was watching ESPN last night for opening day, the San Francisco Giants vs. the LA Dodgers from Dodger Stadium. At one point during the game, the cameras showed long time Dodger announcer Vin Scully, and right behind him on a wall was a large STS-132 mission logo, alongside of an autographed picture of wrestler The Honky Tonk Man...

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I'm a little surprised no one's mentioned "The Courtship of Eddie's Father" episode where Gordon Cooper responds to a request by Eddie to have lunch together. A very interesting episode, as I recall Eddie having some space posters on his wall...

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While wandering around the office at my new job on Friday, I noticed a corporate motivational poster that had a small John Young Jump Salute photo on it.

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Seattle, Corner of Thomas Street and Westlake Avenue North:

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Did my eyes deceive me, or did I spot an Apollo boilerplate with three cut out astronaut figures on BBC Breakfast today. It was in a piece on 'Click' talking about 3-D films.

On edit - having had a closer look, the cut outs are from the '13' film.

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I was watching a TED video last nite about surviving a nuclear attack. Behind the speaker on the stage were some shelves with books, pictures, etc. I also spotted a largish Saturn I rocket model, a Mercury-Redstone model, and what looked to be a framed American flag with an Apollo 11 patch.

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Two years ago in my high school business/personal fiance class text book, there was a photo of someone wearing a NASA shuttle shirt. I couldn't make out the mission number but it was for Discovery because I could make that out.

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In Cologne, Germany, a builder encountered some ruins of a Roman wall. City ordinance required that the find be studied, and then afterward he was told that the bricks were his responsibility to dispose of. Tongue firmly in cheek, he erected a small "Schmitz Column" (Schmitz being the most common German name, like Smith in the US) with this inscription:

"The establishment of the Schmitz-column was completed in 1969. That same year, on July 21, (at 3 hours 56 minutes and 20 seconds a.m.) the American Neil Armstrong became the first man to put his left foot on the moon. This was at a distance from the Schmitz-column of 389999 km and 100 meters. (Calculated by the Institute of Space Research of the City of Bochum) Neil Armstrong, Wernher von Braun and NASA are knowledgeable of and grateful for this pillar inscription."

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Just returned from a cruise aboard the Norwegian Cruise Lines Epic. In O'Sheehan's restaurant/bar on board, they have the Buzz Aldrin visor shot photo on a wall, and on a seperate wall, they have an Apollo 11 crew picture, Apollo 11 launch photo, the moon boot print photo, and an "autographed" (not sure if it was "real" or a reprint) photo of Joe Kerwin made out to "Joe". These photos were kind of out of place, as the rest of the walls were adorned with older baseball/sports cards and photos, as well as older Hollywood photos and collector cards...

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Berlin, Germany

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Looks like Jerry Ross from STS-37.

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posted 12-01-2011 05:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MarylandSpace   Click Here to Email MarylandSpace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The bottom of the building was was well tagged... could the top be the work of a space tagger?

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Built by teenagers in Kansas...

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posted 12-02-2011 03:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spaceguy5   Click Here to Email Spaceguy5     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Today I was walking through the Chemistry building at the University of Texas at Arlington and noticed a tire randomly on display, with a sign next to it facing the wall. First thought: "Wow, is that a space shuttle tire?" I went to check it out, and sure enough, it was!

I got a lot of funny looks as I took pictures of it. No other students seemed to know what the heck it was, they chose a very poor way to display it. I've never noticed it before, but they must have had it for a while as the sign next to it was very faded.

Apparently, it's a BFGOODRICH tire, which last flew on STS-73. Attached to it was a piece of masking tape saying 2288N00738 (The S/N) and Mission 73.

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This one isn't totally unusual, although I was very surprised the first time I saw it. After the Columbia disaster, the Amarillo International Airport was renamed after Rick Husband, who was a native resident of Amarillo. Inside they have a very nicely sculpted life-size statue of him in his ACES suit. Near the entrance, there is also a very large copy of his astronaut portrait hanging on the ceiling.

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Again Berlin...


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