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Jay Chladek
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posted 10-12-2011 07:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by astro-nut:
When you name your pet "Apollo".

Well, if you have a second pet and you name it "Starbuck" then that just means you are a Battlestar Galactica fan.

A new one

...if on a road trip to see the very last shuttle launch (already geeky enough), you decide to detour your trip slightly so you can meet and hang out with two other space geeks, both on the drive down AND the drive back, even if it is only for an hour or two. (guilty as charged as I met with Gary Milgrom AND Scott "Shuttleman" Phillips). Plus I got to donate some stickers to Gary's "Space Vette".

p51
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posted 10-12-2011 09:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
...you have photos like this in your office:

...and for Halloween you put together the only movie space costume you can think of:

Jay Chladek
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posted 10-13-2011 04:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
...if you can identify the photo altered in the previous post is likely one of Atlantis from STS-135 sometime during RSS rollback (based on the position of the RSS anyway).

Or it just means I'm a shuttle geek.

p51
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posted 10-13-2011 08:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Jay Chladek:
...if you can identify the photo altered in the previous post is likely one of Atlantis from STS-135 sometime during RSS rollback (based on the position of the RSS anyway).
You are correct. I can't recall now where I found this photo but I worked pretty hard to match the angle of the sun but got the lighting conditions off (but in all fairness, in Florida you could easily be standing in bright sun and have overcast conditions less than 100 yards away).

I had a feeling this photo wouldn't fool anyone here but a print I tacked up on my cubicle wall so far has fooled everyone in my office, as people I work with know I've been to Kennedy Space Center more than once and have worked with the government in the past in roles where I got to see things up close the public often doesn't get to. It's easy for them to assume I managed to get that close to Atlantis before STS-135 went up so nobody has questioned it yet.

On Halloween I plan on telling them I was actually in my backyard when that photo of me was taken. As for the second photo, I looked along time to find a photo that didn't show an orbiter and had as close of the lighting conditions and angle as the photo of myself. I think I did halfway decent on that one...

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posted 10-13-2011 09:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by p51:
...and for Halloween you put together the only movie space costume you can think of:

How about this: You just might be a space geek if, despite the top-to-bottom, inside-out ridiculousness of that movie...

...You still think it's kinda awesome?

"I don't mean to be the materialistic weasel of this group, but do you think we'll get hazard pay out of this?"

p51
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posted 10-14-2011 09:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
...you watched the recent episode of "Big Bang Theory" where Howard was given a slot in a Soyuz/ISS mission and during it, you got into an argument with your wife over how Bernadette was completely out of line by simply saying, "no" to him going up and how this would cause a breakup with a girlfriend over something like that.

Or how about you knew all the reasons that mission specialists don't get picked like this and the character never would be picked?

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posted 10-15-2011 09:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilbasso   Click Here to Email ilbasso     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
...and noticing that Howard's Saturn V model was missing three of its F-1 engines?

Fezman92
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posted 10-15-2011 09:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fezman92   Click Here to Email Fezman92     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
...and how they cut down the training time to only a few months as opposed to the three years.

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posted 10-15-2011 09:59 AM     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:
Or how about you knew all the reasons that mission specialists don't get picked like this and the character never would be picked?
The show said he was flying as a payload specialist in the post-shuttle era, so as an industry (university) sponsored spaceflight participant he could have very well been chosen as described (reference Charlie Walker's experience).
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Originally posted by Fezman92:
...and how they cut down the training time to only a few months as opposed to the three years.
The training time for a spaceflight participant (for a "13 day mission") is a few months.

And the fact we're dissecting this makes us all space geeks...

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I was thinking the same thing.

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posted 10-26-2011 04:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ApolloAlex   Click Here to Email ApolloAlex     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
...if you just purchased a matchbook for Wolfies Deli off eBay!

Fezman92
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posted 10-26-2011 04:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fezman92   Click Here to Email Fezman92     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
...if your college spring break plans are to visit FL or CA just to visit KSC or JPL. Or if you just use your spring break to visit any NASA or air and space center.

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...if you just made these signs as an act of procrastination!

Space toilet humor - Soyuz Waste Management components (aka NASM).JPG Photobucket

I stumbled upon Anatoly Zak's one-hand-operation dual collector (the other hand on the valves!) from an old Soyuz waste management system, and Anatoly's component is very similar to the one which is part of the National Air and Space Museum's WMS.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 11-16-2011 04:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ApolloAlex:
...if you just purchased a matchbook for Wolfies Deli off eBay!

You coulda saved some money - there's one right here in Toms River, NJ.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 11-16-2011 04:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Fezman92:
...if your college spring break plans are to visit FL or CA just to visit KSC or JPL. Or if you just use your spring break to visit any NASA or air and space center.

Never mind spring break. If I'm some place I try and look up beforehand which astronaut is in the area. A few years ago, when I went to see Jim Lovell at Penn State, I looked up another Jim - Jim Pawelczyk, whom I was fortunate enough to catch. Another time, another place, I also caught Al Sacco in another fortuitous encounter, shortly before he left for Texas.

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posted 11-21-2011 09:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for fredtrav   Click Here to Email fredtrav     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Since Fred (GACspaceguy) said this should go here, I will post it in this thread.

You might be a space geek if... your cat bids and wins items for you in a space auction.

I was bidding on several items in the recent Lunar Legacies auction and was following the action on the computer. An early wooden presentation model of the space shuttle came up for bid. My cat decided at that moment to walk across the keyboard and in so doing managed to place a bid on it. No one else bid on it so my cat won a model of the space shuttle. Now to get him to pay for it.

james f. ruddy
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posted 11-24-2011 04:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for james f. ruddy   Click Here to Email james f. ruddy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have been a space junkie since 1951. I was 18 when I built a 6" reflecting, 75" focal length telescope to look at the craters on the Moon and photograph them.

Now, sixty years later my license plate, ON MOON describes my space collection, NASA artifacts that were on the surface of the Moon. I have a website to show my collection.

I guess I'm a Moon junkie.

Spaceguy5
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posted 11-25-2011 12:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spaceguy5   Click Here to Email Spaceguy5     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
...if you prepare checklists (at the very least, mentally) and go through them to complete every-day tasks, all the while using the typical jargon. (Yes, I use the word "nominal" quite frequently as well).

...if people can instantly tell you're working on an aerospace engineering degree by walking into your room and seeing the vast amount of pictures/posters/patches/flown hardware on display wallpapering your room.

...if you spent months of free time in college building a giant highly accurate 1-48 paper model of the International Space Station/space shuttle, which barely fit in your room.

...if you spent most of your summer building an even larger 1-24 paper model of the space shuttle, which barely fit on your bed.

...If you care more about hard science fiction, and have even spent hours going through NASA's tech report server looking up sources to made a high-fidelity CAD model of your own spacecraft for use in a hard sci fi series.

Fezman92
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When I go to Israel this week, I plugged in the address of one of the places we are staying into a program that gave me the latitude and longitude then used those numbers with the Skywatch so I can show my group the ISS when it passes over. Going to add in a few more places we are staying at.

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posted 12-12-2011 01:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gilbert   Click Here to Email Gilbert     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by james f. ruddy:
I guess I'm a Moon junkie.
Nice website and fantastic collection!

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posted 12-12-2011 02:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dogcrew5369   Click Here to Email dogcrew5369     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by p51:
Or how about you knew all the reasons that mission specialists don't get picked like this and the character never would be picked?
He was picked to be a payload specialist and we know only ISS crew members fly Soyuz not to mention he said he'd stay on the ISS for 10 days installing a device which of course couldn't fly on a Soyuz.

It would have been much more logical if the writers had written this episode a couple years ago for a PS shuttle slot.

One more point: Howard Wolowitz could never pass the physical training.

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Originally posted by dogcrew5369:
...we know only ISS crew members fly Soyuz, not to mention he said he'd stay on the ISS for 10 days installing a device which of course couldn't fly on a Soyuz.
Spaceflight participants also fly on Soyuz, and some do take devices and/or experiments with them to install (e.g. Richard Garriott brought with him a protein crystal growth chamber).

Spaceflight participants spend approximately 10 days on the station.

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Originally posted by Gilbert:
Nice website and fantastic collection!
Gilbert, thank you for your kind comments.

p51
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posted 12-12-2011 10:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by dogcrew5369:
One more point: Howard Wolowitz could never pass the physical training.
Yeah, that was the key point on my earlier comment about him never being picked for the training. Besides the physical limitations, the man wouldn't pass any psychological test that would allow someone to go into space. The man can't spend more than a day or two away from his mother (and tries to force Bernadette into that mold, which she's slowly easing into it), there's no way he'd make the training all the way through, the mission is a given that he couldn't get that far. I find it odd they haven't brought it up lately and only mentioned it again once. I assume that might be the cliffhanger for this season? If the writers stick true to the character, he won't even get to the plane or will freak out at Houston or Star City once he realizes he'll have to do his own laundry.

I know that Mike Mulane's book mentions one of the payload specialists on a shuttle mission really going a little bonkers while in orbit and that crew being worried what he'd do. I don't know who that was in reference to, but I'd assume that these days they weed out people who couldn't handle the mental stresses and a guy with issues like that character does would stand no chance of being allowed in space. I understand that one of the paid space tourists was turned down for this reason but again I have no names.

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If... you vaguely remember a couple of episodes of the TV series NUMB3RS a few years back where one of the main characters briefly trained then flew on a shuttle mission.

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The character on Numb3rs, Larry Fleinhardt (played by Peter MacNicol), was launched on the shuttle for a four month expedition aboard the International Space Station.

In reality, the mission was a plot device to explain MacNicol's absence from the show while he filmed his role for the television series 24.

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posted 12-17-2011 05:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You don't really like the MA-1 jackets at the KSC gift shop so you set out to put one together with the patches you like. And in doing so, you realize you have all but one of the patches you want on it already in a box. So, with a $35 catch on eBay for the jacket and about $6 from the KSC gift shop for the 40th anniversary patch, you have a jacket that would cost around $140!

And you're even more a space geek if you slap photos of it on a lunar background!

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You walk down the street with your three year old daughter she sees the moon and says: "Look the moon, Gene Cernan walked on it."

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posted 12-25-2011 05:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You plan to celebrate your 5000th post on collectSPACE.com

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posted 12-25-2011 07:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jim Behling   Click Here to Email Jim Behling     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When you make a collage of yourself at work...

Jay Chladek
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posted 12-26-2011 12:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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When you make a collage of yourself at work...

Or it means you want to outdo Robert's 2011 collage photos.

Pretty impressive imagery there. Thanks for sharing them with us.

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...your dad, who is amused and also a little baffled by your space love, happily gives you a model of Endeavour, having riffled through his tshirt drawer to find the STS-134 shirt you bought him in honor of the only launch you ever saw in person. Now that's a merry Christmas!

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You wife gives you 'that look' when she asks what your best Christmas present was, and you smile while saying it was that John Glenn sent your photo back signed and it arrived in Christmas Eve, so therefore, that was your best present...

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You are a space geek if you remember an instrumental song called "Skylab" from the early 70s. I remember it being played on WNEW-AM.

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If your wedding photo looks this:

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When you look through the college physics book, go directly to the "astronomy/space physics" section then find out you know all of the information in the book. Also you have been doing most of these for about a year an a half. https://www.zooniverse.org/

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You are a space geek if you remember an instrumental song called "Skylab" from the early 70s.
If you mean the song "Skylab Fragment" not only do I remember it... I have the promotional 45 record of it!

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...you watched last night's "Big Bang Theory" and took a good look at Howard's flight suit, amazed that they not only got the right suit, but also the mission specialist wings nameplate correct. Then, you rolled your eyes as you know they don't actually do survival training in the flight suits.

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...your nickname at school is "the NASA Nerd."

...you name your pet guinea pigs Neil and Buzz.

...when your brother is trying to convince you to go on a roller coaster and he says, "It'll just be like a NASA simulator!" and you say to yourself "A few bumps and we'll be hauling the mail!"

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posted 04-11-2012 01:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Fra Mauro:
You are a space geek if you remember an instrumental song called "Skylab" from the early 70s. I remember it being played on WNEW-AM.

"Skylab" - heck!! I'm old enough to remember "Telstar" by the Tornadoes - and to have bought the record.


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