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Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 04-11-2012 05:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
An astronaut showed a photo of an astronaut on the moon. He claimed it was Buzz Aldrin. I said no, half aloud.

Not that I have fantastic vision and can read name tags on a photo projected on a screen from 20 feet away, but I knew it wasn't Aldrin because the astronaut had a red stripe on his suit - which wasn't used until Apollo 13.

Fezman92
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posted 04-11-2012 08:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fezman92   Click Here to Email Fezman92     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
...you realize that you are possibly stupid for all these years when you finally notice the area code for KSC is 321. 3...2...1. It took me a few years before I noticed it.

Chariot412
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posted 04-11-2012 09:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chariot412   Click Here to Email Chariot412     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Your seventh grade homeroom teacher makes you sign an autograph because he thinks "maybe, just maybe...".

You and your junior high buddy write to NASA for Command Module plans and spend your summer and allowances on toggle switches at radio shack for the Main Display Panel.

Your nickname in high school is "Cosmic."

Fezman92
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posted 04-12-2012 01:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fezman92   Click Here to Email Fezman92     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When you start thinking of which NASA program you will write your Western Civ 1 term paper on without even knowing how far the class goes to and that it won't start until next September.

GACspaceguy
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posted 04-13-2012 09:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You might be a space geek if you try for two days to pull up drawing 1159CSMXXXX and cannot.

When you ask your lead designer to try he says, "What the heck is a CSM drawing? We only have CMs in the system" sheepishly you walk away saying "CSM is Command Service Module, never mind."

Here's your space geek sign.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 04-13-2012 10:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Powers That Be at work had a meeting to discuss story ideas. One of them was titled, "Yes I Am A Rocket Scientist," in part about the number of scientists who work in the NY-area but supposedly the number of scientists overall are on the decline. (I don't write the budget lines, I just do the story.)

Anyway, TPTB wondered, "Who could do such a story?" And they all came back with one answer: "Hart."

Hey, it meant I legitimately got to attend the Int'l Day of Human Spaceflight at the UN yesterday....

drifting to the right
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posted 04-14-2012 10:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for drifting to the right     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Your dog is smart, impish, and named "Wally." I love that dog.

mach3valkyrie
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posted 04-14-2012 11:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mach3valkyrie   Click Here to Email mach3valkyrie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You record Apollo countdowns and launches from an old cassette onto a CD also containing favorite songs and listen to it in your vehicle to and from work. Apollo 10 has an especially good sub woofer friendly bass to it.

Max Q
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posted 04-15-2012 05:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Max Q   Click Here to Email Max Q     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You might be a Space geek if you think that CD could make the top 10 on the music charts.

Fezman92
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posted 04-23-2012 07:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fezman92   Click Here to Email Fezman92     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When your sociology professor says "Since NASA retied the shuttles they have shutdown." You immediately reply by talking about all of the probes but he cuts you off saying "This sounds like a Big Bang Theory episode."

p51
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posted 04-23-2012 10:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you think you're going to have a bad day at work, you decide to wear one of your mission shirts, knowing if THOSE guys could hop in a rocket and risk a horrific death, then no stupid meeting at the office could be anywhere near as bad, and then go through the day like you're wearing a suit of armor...

GoesTo11
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posted 04-23-2012 11:29 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 Fezman92:
When your sociology professor says "Since NASA retied the shuttles they have shutdown." You immediately reply by talking about all of the probes but he cuts you off saying "This sounds like a Big Bang Theory episode."

So, your professor makes a baldly false declaration, which most if not all of your classmates are unequipped and/or disinclined to challenge, and for doing so you're cut off with a cheap quip about a TV show? Sounds like you're getting your tuition's worth with that class. Mirrors most of my undergrad experience.

On the lighter side, you might be a space geek if: Your current phone wallpaper is a hi-res shot of Atlantis from the ISS; on your work PC, it's Discovery and the SCA approaching Dulles (Thanks Glint!); and on your home computer it's Robert McCall's poster art for 2001: A Space Odyssey...

...And you change each of them roughly every other day.

Fezman92
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posted 04-23-2012 11:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fezman92   Click Here to Email Fezman92     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It is a community college, what do you expect? I am getting out next spring and I will, if all goes to plan, go to University of Arizona in Tuscon of an Astronomy degree with eventual plans of working for NASA (JPL or Goddard).

GoesTo11
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posted 04-24-2012 12:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Good to hear. U of A's astronomy and planetary science programs are among the best in the world... but you know that or you wouldn't be going there.

The scenery ain't bad, either.

Jay Chladek
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posted 04-24-2012 06:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If model builders whom you've never corresponded with before email you for tips on how to build space shuttle models because they've seen your shuttle model work online (guilty as charged as I tend to average one new email about every four months).

Fezman92
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posted 04-24-2012 09:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fezman92   Click Here to Email Fezman92     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by GoesTo11:
The scenery ain't bad, either.
When I get my Master's (eventually) I would like to get it at University of Hilo (Hawaii). Also you know you are a space geek when you are having issues trying to simply String Theory for your final English paper.

Spacemac
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posted 04-25-2012 12:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacemac   Click Here to Email Spacemac     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You must be a space geek if you keep ordering new space models even though you have run out of room to display any and have many yet to build because you want a model of each rocket.

WAWalsh
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posted 04-27-2012 01:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for WAWalsh   Click Here to Email WAWalsh     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
... if your children can answer trivia questions.

Daughter number 2 is off in India doing charity work and the volunteers apparently hold trivia challenge competitions (Robert may recall her as a 4th grader and her astonaut autograph collection appearing in Martha Stewart's magazine). She managed to win the champ of evening title when answering questions -- what vehicle would one use on the Sea of Tranquility and who ate the first hamburger in space (on this one, I actually suspect that the answer was wrong, but she received credit for John Young).

Fezman92
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posted 05-07-2012 10:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fezman92   Click Here to Email Fezman92     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When you are trying to figure out what photo from your "NASA" folder you want as your Facebook Timeline photo. I am really tempted to go with the Apollo 8 Earthrise although some of the ISS/Shuttle and Hubble images are good as well.

Fezman92
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posted 05-27-2012 04:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fezman92   Click Here to Email Fezman92     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When you watch Airplane II and you spend most of the film trying to figure out where they put everything in the shuttle and how they were able to launch without pressure suits and the SRBs and ET. You also get depressed since the US does not have a firm stable plan to get back to the moon.

Gonzo
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posted 05-28-2012 07:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gonzo   Click Here to Email Gonzo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
...when you watch a film like "MIB3" and can pick out multiple errors about the stack, launch tower, the launch sequence and security, escape hardware issues, etc., etc., etc...

Fra Mauro
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posted 05-29-2012 09:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fra Mauro   Click Here to Email Fra Mauro     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I remember when Wally Schirra passed away and a friend called me to offer her condolences.

p51
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posted 05-29-2012 04:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you have a dream of being at the KSC visitor complex gift shop and finding the upper floor filled with flown objects, complete and partial space suits, signed stuff stacked everywhere, you're the first one in the place that morning and you recall you have a credit card which you know is good for anything you want...

Then, you wake up and curse the feeling you're having by realizing it was only a dream.

It happened to me the night before last and I'm still bummed out about it.

englau
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posted 05-29-2012 08:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for englau   Click Here to Email englau     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That sounds like quite a bummer!

I wish the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex was filled with signed stuff. That would be pretty neat, but perhaps would also deplete the value and demand for such items. In any case, a fun dream.

I always dream that I'm interviewing astronauts and then wake up to realize I did not actually gain any knowledge or insight!

mikepf
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posted 05-31-2012 11:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mikepf   Click Here to Email mikepf     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You might be a space geek if your wife hands you a giant tightly aluminum foil wrapped burrito and the first thing you think of is an Apollo quarantine trailer.

Ronpur
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posted 06-28-2012 06:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ronpur   Click Here to Email Ronpur     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by astro-nut:
When you name your pet "Apollo".

Oh, I did that because of Magnum PI. Had Zeus as well!

Jay Chladek
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posted 06-28-2012 07:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Ronpur:
Oh, I did that because of Magnum PI. Had Zeus as well!
That only works if they are Dobermans.

Philip
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posted 06-29-2012 08:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
if... you're reaching for 5000 posts on collectSPACE.com.

Max Q
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posted 06-29-2012 08:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Max Q   Click Here to Email Max Q     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You might be a space geek if you visit this site every day before during and after you visit Facebook.

Fezman92
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posted 08-17-2012 08:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fezman92   Click Here to Email Fezman92     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When you become a tutor for your college and your business cards also say "will teach about space exploration if asked" even though there is no space exploration class at the college.

englau
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posted 01-11-2013 05:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for englau   Click Here to Email englau     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
...if you redo your room and your guests start referring to it as "the gallery." I'll take that as a compliment.

...if your Christmas presents this year consisted of 20 lithographs and a shuttle model kit.

...if you come home from college to see a huge 3ftx3ft posterboard of all the female astronauts displayed in the living room as a welcome home present.

...if your aunt sends you a Mercury astronaut GI Joe and you and your dad both fight over it. (Maybe thats why he's a space geek!)

Gonzo
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posted 01-12-2013 06:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gonzo   Click Here to Email Gonzo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I see you've sdded a few patches to your collection...

"Well done, Sulu. Nice job!"

p51
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posted 01-12-2013 03:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You once argued with your middle school social studies teacher in class, who had no idea that the.best thing about being vice president is to be in charge of the space program...

Fezman92
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posted 01-12-2013 05:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fezman92   Click Here to Email Fezman92     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
After four years, you get your parents to let you apply for the NASA History internship for the summer.

p51
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...you bring in flight suits, jacket and such to the patch sewing place at the local military base, they simply assume you work for some kind of NASA field office and say, "Hey, the NASA guy is back!" every time you show up for something new.
Happened today to me...

Max Q
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posted 01-14-2013 06:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Max Q   Click Here to Email Max Q     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you think NASA should build a Death Star.

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posted 01-16-2013 09:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You call your wife immediately after flipping her car on its side on an icy road and say "Houston we have a problem" and she knows exactly what has happened. Don't worry, I wasn't hurt. But I definitely went into gimball lock!

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posted 01-19-2013 05:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lunar Module 5   Click Here to Email Lunar Module 5     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You are a space geek if you spend hours and hours listening to Apollo air-to-ground audio, splicing it into manageable chunks, listening back to it while videoing a space simulation of the Apollo spacecraft and "flying" the whole mission, then rendering and polishing it before posting it on YouTube so the whole world can enjoy the flight all over again ...when my wife asks whats a space geek? ...I hold my hand up and say "Pick Me! Pick Me!"

moonguyron
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posted 01-19-2013 07:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for moonguyron   Click Here to Email moonguyron     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
...if your Saturn V model is at least eight feet tall (1:48 scale).

Fezman92
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posted 04-16-2013 11:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fezman92   Click Here to Email Fezman92     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When a friend of yours you only met and hung out with for about five days in Israel almost two years ago says he is coming to the US via Miami and is going to be in the US for three months and needs ideas of where to do your first place to list is the KSC, with visiting you in NJ as you second choice.


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