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AJ
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posted 01-03-2012 04:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for AJ   Click Here to Email AJ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Okay, this is stretching the terms of the topic, but it was somewhat rare so I'm posting it anyway! I was shopping at PetSmart today and spotted a man wearing a black Apollo jacket (the one with all the patches on the back). I live in a pretty small town and NEVER see anything like that. Ever! So it was a nice surprise.

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When I was in Israel I saw a bus with the NASA logo on the back, the side and the front. It was very strange and I couldn't see if it had US government plates or not.

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posted 02-15-2012 12:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kevmac   Click Here to Email Kevmac     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Did anyone notice the large Mercury-Atlas model behind Glen Beck while he was interviewed on the Bill O'Reilly show Monday night? It looks about 3-4 feet tall and is very nicely finished. Does anyone recognize the supplier?

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I saw the model also and thought that he would mention it - but he didn't. Perhaps he mentions it on his GBTV online show.

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Given that it's M-A I assume he'll be bringing it up on the 20th for Glenn's 50th.

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Last week, I was at the Golden Spike National Park in Utah (where they drove the last spike of the transcontinental RR in 1869) and they had a replica gold spike that was flown on STS-38 in a display case at the visitor center. As someone into RR history even more so than space, I sure didn't think I'd see space stuff there!

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posted 09-30-2012 06:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by p51:
I sure didn't think I'd see space stuff there!
I was equally surprised coming across the flown in space spike there, but it also seemed appropriate given how close the park is to ATK's production and testing facilities for their solid rocket motors.

Earlier this year, Don Pettit likened SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft to the golden spike for the final frontier of space.

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posted 01-15-2013 01:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for David Carey   Click Here to Email David Carey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Moving from Pawn Stars to History Channel's 'American Pickers', did anybody else spot the space-related artifact in yesterday's (Jan 14, 2013) episode?

During a segment with Tom Every (a.k.a Dr. Evermor and builder of the "Forevertron"), a KSC control room rocket engine gimbal angle meter like that below made a brief appearance.

I'm sure it is the same meter when I compared the freeze-frame with my example.

That said I don't know for certain that the gimbal meters (crosspointers from Simpson Electric) were custom to the space program or simply used by NASA as well as in other industrial settings.

Certainly made me hit the pause button when it flashed across screen.

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posted 01-15-2013 04:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I watched that this morning and never caught that, good eyes! Went back tonight and replayed it and now that it is pointed out to me I can see it. Now that would have been a good pick!

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In the latest episode of Shipping Wars on the A&E Channel, the shippers must transport a Polaris missile. On route, they stop at a car/truck wash to have it cleaned.

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Getting back to the Mercury-Atlas model behind Glenn Beck, I believe his publishing company is named "Mercury", so that may be the tie in.

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posted 01-25-2013 02:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dogcrew5369   Click Here to Email dogcrew5369     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is a better photo of Glenn Beck's MA model.

 photo glennbecksmercuryatlas_zps3a6b251d.jpg

And this is a quote from his Mercury One website concerning the name and it's meaning.

The history of "Mercury" comes from the late 1950s when the American government was closely watching the success of the Soviet space program. While President Eisenhower was sure that American technology was superior to that of the Soviet Union’s, they had already launched Sputnik successfully. Their space program appeared to be success after success while ours appeared unorganized and full of failure.

The course of the space program, and in many ways that of the United States was forever changed when NASA launched the Mercury Space Program. The Mercury program learned from the past and provided the bridge to our future.

In many ways, our organization, Mercury One, is going to do the same thing. We will take and learn from the lessons of the past by getting our history right and instilling the values and ethics of the Judeo-Christian world and prepare us and the upcoming generation for the tomorrows yet to come.

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This past Saturday, my son and I visited the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. I was surprised to see a nice display of several space related items.

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Disney-Pixar director Lee Unkrich ("Toy Story 3") tweeted today a photo of his Apollo 11 sweater used in the filming of the classic film, "The Shining." Unkrich has loaned it for display to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which is hosting an exhibit themed around the work of Stanley Kubrick (including "2001: A Space Odyssey).

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posted 05-09-2013 02:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave Clow   Click Here to Email Dave Clow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Rusty B:
Getting back to the Mercury-Atlas model behind Glenn Beck, I believe his publishing company is named "Mercury", so that may be the tie in.

Beck's company is named after Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre on the Air.

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posted 05-27-2013 02:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gilbert   Click Here to Email Gilbert     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This display was on the wall between the men's and women's restroom at Hazel's Seafood Restaurant in Orange Beach, Alabama. The story was the restaurant owner was a huge space fan and when he retired he relocated these items from his office at a local real estate company.

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Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport: Concourse T

Anyone on a layover at Atlanta (ATL) should hop on the inter-terminal train and take the short ride to Concourse T. Head to the North Gates and on two long display walls between Gates T12 and T15 you will find a great Space exhibition spanning Project Mercury to the International Space Station.

Highlights include the original MA-9 Faith 7 Mercury capsule hatch, a Grissom Gemini-era space suit, a Gemini EVA propulsion unit, a Dick Gordon Apollo A7L training suit, an Apollo 15 laser altimeter, Apollo / Skylab / Shuttle meal packages, a Space Shuttle EVA suit, a Space Shuttle RCC leading wing edge segment, a Space Shuttle TPS tile, a JSC ISS training hatch, and various Apollo Saturn V / Space Shuttle / ISS models. Of particular note is the pulverised metal block showing the severe destruction caused by the simulated impact of small high velocity space debris.

Overall it's well worth spending 15-20 minutes checking it out while the exhibit lasts!

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Originally posted by dogcrew5369:
Here is a better photo of Glenn Beck's MA model.
As my first post in this forum I would like to give you a very heartfelt thank you for posting this. This model that Glenn Beck commissioned is a one of a kind 7.5" diameter model. How do I know? I helped build it and it was... well... a pain. In fact, I only did about 10% of the work but this was tough.

For those that want to know the base tubing for the main body was 7.5" paper tubing from Uline. The capsule was a plastic model from Revell I think. I did a lot of the construction of the detail bits out of foam insulation and the filling and sanding of the main tubes. The tubes had to be absolutely perfect to accept the foil adhesive we got from a local sign shop. I did this project with a buddy of mine that runs this shop.

Since he already makes 12" diameter fiberglass Mercury capsules this project was a nice fit with what he does. We also had to build custom shipping crates for this monster lined with foam padding.

After it was shipped I guess Dave (not me - another Dave) contacted Beck's people in an attempt to get either pictures or video of the show that included the model to no avail.

With that in mind I just want to say from the bottom of my heart thank you so much for posting that picture. A lot of blood, sweat and tears went into that thing. I do a lot of modeling myself but never to that detail and perfection simply because the rockets I make are for flying.

If anyone has any more questions please do not hesitate to ask. If I don't know the answer I can certainly try to find it for you. FYI I had nothing to do with the business end of it so I can't really say how much $$$ it cost other than to say it was a lot - in the thousands I imagine.

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Just a correction... that was actually a 10" diameter model at 1/12 scale. 1/24 scale kits are available via the link I posted above. I have photos from the build itself and I can post them later tonight when I get home.

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Here are some detail shots and again all of this stuff is handmade. Some of it is carved foam layered in epoxy. Some is wood, polystyrene, copper tubing, or whatever it takes to make it look good.

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In "Parks and Recreation," Leslie Knope, the main character, has a wall of inspirational women. They include mostly politicians, but last year she added Dr. Sally Ride to the wall!

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I got you all beat.

Last night I went to an Explorers Club event where Owen and Richard Garriott were the speakers. Before I left, I had to use the bathroom.

Evidently, I never had to use the bathroom before in all the events I've attended there. Because outside the men's bathroom was a display of patches - unfortunately, most of them the souvenir variety - with the paper they were placed on signed by Carpenter, Lovell, Aldrin, Collins and Schirra!

(There were also the Gemini XI, Apollo 12 and Skylab 1 patches, but I didn't see or recall a signature by Conrad.)

Makes me wonder what's outside the women's bathroom.

And no, I didn't test just how firmly this was hanging on the wall, although I was tempted to try. I guess it's outside the men's bathroom because there's just a single toilet in there, so you have something to look at and occupy your time while you wait.

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posted 09-24-2013 06:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ozspace   Click Here to Email ozspace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just caught an episode of Arrested Development and saw Ron Howard having a meeting in his own Lunar Module. Season 4 | Episode 4 - 'The B Team'.

I want an office like this!

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Ron Howard's grandson is also named "Lem".

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Has anybody else noticed what is wrong with the LEM in that second picture? I am embarrassed to admit I didn't notice until my second look. (However, my first look was on a small phone.)

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Haha, I'm guessing you mean the fact that the ascent stage is rotated 45 deg from the descent stage and you would need a trampoline to get anywhere near the hatch!

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I was lucky enough to spend two weeks in August working on the set of a big Hollywood action picture. During the dressing of one of the sets I had to take a second glance at one of the props as it looked vaguely familiar.

I turned it round as it was upside down and it turned out to be the centre part of an Apollo CM console (the section with the toothed edges) minus the DSKY that had been fitted into a square frame and infilled where it wasn't square itself!

I'm still under a non-disclosure agreement so cannot post pictures but when it expires I will do and point out the movie and the scenes where you might just glimpse it.

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Haha, I'm guessing you mean the fact that the ascent stage is rotated 45 deg from the descent stage and you would need a trampoline to get anywhere near the hatch!

Looks like you enter the cabin at the top of the ladder on the left, where Ron is sitting in the first picture.

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Just think, if they had somehow put Eagle together like that, and nobody noticed till the hatch was opened, the first words from the moon would have been "Doh!"

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Haha, I'm guessing you mean the fact that the ascent stage is rotated 45 deg from the descent stage and you would need a trampoline to get anywhere near the hatch!
It also seems to be missing the back two legs altogether. Now that would make for a tricky landing...

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It looks like to me, it may be missing it's entire back half. The walls behind it do not look like they allow enough room for the entire decent stage.

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posted 09-27-2013 02:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ozspace   Click Here to Email ozspace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is the clip showing Ron Howard and Lunar Module in his office on Arrested Development episode 'The B Team'.

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Don't know if this counts as memorabilia, but today I came across a Zen garden at Tofuki-ji Temple in Kyoto built around seven pillars, which are arranged as the stars in the Big Dipper. (Rotate the photo 90 degrees counter-clockwise.)

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Overheard a youngster at the carshow in Houston this past weekend. "Daddy, daddy, this car has rockets in the engine!"


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