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heng44
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posted 09-13-2009 02:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Forty years ago today, the Apollo 12 launch vehicle was on Launch Complex 39A at KSC, awaiting its scheduled launch in November. The combination had been rolled out of the VAB on September 8.

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posted 09-13-2009 03:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for East-Frisian     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Who would like to smoke, seeing this giant tank?

AstronautBrian
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posted 09-13-2009 08:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for AstronautBrian   Click Here to Email AstronautBrian     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I didn't even notice the Saturn V at first; I was having a laugh about the giant no smoking sign.

413 is in
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posted 09-13-2009 09:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 413 is in   Click Here to Email 413 is in     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great shot!

This brings to mind the Trylon and Perisphere at the 1939 NY World's Fair. I guess that makes sense as the theme of the fair was "The World of Tomorrow".

Aztecdoug
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posted 09-13-2009 10:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Aztecdoug   Click Here to Email Aztecdoug     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Saturn V sure has big ... oh wait, where is the second one?

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Delta7
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posted 09-13-2009 10:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Delta7   Click Here to Email Delta7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by East-Frisian:
Who would like to smoke, seeing this giant tank?
The way everyone smoked back then (ashtrays on the consoles at mission control etc.), I bet there were more than a few who saw this and said "Oh yeah!" as they dropped their cigarettes and crushed them underfoot.

RichieB16
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posted 09-13-2009 08:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RichieB16   Click Here to Email RichieB16     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That is an awesome picture! Thanks for sharing it. Do you know if it can be found in high resolution online somewhere?

mjanovec
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posted 09-13-2009 11:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am curious if that "pipe" sticking out of the top of the tank is a vent pipe designed to burn off excess hydrogen when the tank is in use. It certainly appears that might be the case, with the pipe appearing to have darker coloration near the top.

Certainly, the shuttle launch pad burns off excess hydrogen when the vehicle is fueled. It's not always apparent (since hydrogen flames aren't easily visible in daytime), but when the shuttle is prepped for a night launch (as was the case with STS-128 recently), you can see the flame in certain camera angles.

ejectr
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posted 09-14-2009 06:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ejectr   Click Here to Email ejectr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Someday, that tank is what we will see at all the "fill up" stations for our automobiles.

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