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p51
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posted 07-22-2013 07:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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...but tripods are allowed. I brought in one myself to film Atlantis.
Thank God. Too many museums won't allow them (and of course won't allow flash photography, either, ensuring you'll never get a good photo of anything), it's good to hear in this case.

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posted 07-24-2013 06:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ronpur   Click Here to Email Ronpur     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I didn't even notice while I was at the Atlantis display, but saw in my pictures that there is an OBSS in the cargo bay. Is that a replica like the arm or a flown boom?

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The OBSS is the boom that flew on Atlantis and landed with the orbiter on STS-135.

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Thanks!

If anyone is interested, here is a link to the pictures I took of Atlantis. I hope to get back in a few months to take some more when I am not so short of time. The big tour took longer than I thought it would. I would have loved to spend several more hours looking at everything else on display.

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Just returned from a 10 day family vacation to Florida. The Atlantis display is superb. An experience that I can highly recommend.

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posted 08-20-2013 06:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Funny how the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex's web store doesn't list any of the swag they're selling in the Atlantis pavilion gift shop. You either have to go there, know someone who's going, or pay the cutthroat prices on eBay...

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Or you can call them; as long as you know what you're seeking, the mail order department will be happy to help fill your order.

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Or you can call them; as long as you know what you're seeking, the mail order department will be happy to help fill your order.
I have no doubt that they'd help me if I called, but you said it best, you have to know what to ask for...

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Yeah, what if you're not looking for anything in particular and would just like to "window shop" online? I'm not sure how soon I'll personally make it to KSC, and in the meantime it seems like they're missing out on some revenue generation by not running an Atlantis VC web store.

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...it seems like they're missing out on some revenue generation by not running an Atlantis VC web store.
Thank you, that was exactly my point there...

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posted 08-21-2013 02:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nice photo Rick. How'd you get the walkway so empty - good timing?!?

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posted 08-22-2013 03:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very long time exposure...

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I returned to see Atlantis for the second time last Thursday. We arrived around 9:30 AM. It wasn't busy at all. The pre-show was not working, but since we had seen it before, we went through the gift shop. For 45 minutes we had her almost to ourselves.

I took another 160 photos, mostly close-ups. And we had some fun in the flight deck mock-up, trying to take photos of ourselves through the windows.

I noticed some damage on the RCS area on the tiles. I assume they would have been replaced had she flown again.

The link in my above post will take you to the updated album. I plan to return in November to see her again!

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Took my two youngest over to KSC in general this past weekend, but did they ever love this exhibit! I must say I was very impressed and look forward to going back soon! (bought annual passes for everyone!!)

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Time capsule sealed in space shuttle exhibit

NASA's Florida visitor center has dedicated a time capsule filled with memorabilia related to the 30-year space shuttle program. Not to be opened until 2061 — 50 years after the last shuttle mission — the time capsule was sealed in the wall of the building that displays the spacecraft that completed that historic final flight.

...a metal plaque featuring a silhouette of an orbiter and the date 2061 marks where the time capsule is installed. "A time capsule created by the space shuttle team honoring the 30-year space shuttle program is sealed behind this wall. It will be unveiled on July 21, 2061, to honor the 50th anniversary of the space shuttle program's final mission [STS-135]."

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Another reason to live to 100...

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Interesting coincidence in the timing--seven days later Halley's comet will reach its next perihelion.

Jay Chladek
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I'll be 91 if I live to see this opened. I just hope my own memories of the three shuttle launches I witnessed won't have faded by then.

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If I'm alive at 93, I will be at the opening ceremony.

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Last month, I went to the KSC and saw "Atlantis" and I was VERY amazed when I saw it for the first time!

James Brown
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posted 11-01-2013 05:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for James Brown   Click Here to Email James Brown     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I finally made it down to see Atlantis last month. Wow, what an incredible exhibit. Purchased an annual pass, and will be going back soon. We were there during the Gov. shutdown and the crowds were very small.

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posted 11-01-2013 05:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for topmiler     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Outstanding pictures.

Rick Mulheirn
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Great pictures Jimmy. Thank you for showing me all the different angles I didn't photograph when I was there in August... darn it!!!!

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James, great photos! I'm living the experience through your shots! Thanks for sharing.

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BEAUTIFUL shots, James! I feel as if I am right there with Atlantis!

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Thanks everyone. This is one of the things I have always loved about photographing the shuttle, all the different lines and curves. Everyone see's the same thing in different ways. I ended up buying an annual pass, and hope to get back down there after the first of the year.

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The visual effects artists responsible for the animations seen in the Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit have been honored for their work by the Visual Effects Society, as described in this feature from LightWave's website.
The team of VFX artists and technicians at Mousetrappe and EdenFX have walked away with the 2014 VES Award for the most Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project. The awardees included Daren Ulmer, John Gross, Cedar Connor, Eric Hance and Christian Bloch.

John Gross was one of the first users of LightWave, having beta-tested the application back in the early nineties. He used the first iterations on early episodes of the Seaquest production and Star Trek Voyager. He was very active in creating assets for those TV shows we love to remember as being the test bed for science fiction visuals on network TV. Gross and his co-worker Christian Bloch were contacted by a company they’d worked with before, called Mousetrappe. This was a project beyond their dreams for geekiness, and instantly brought a smile to their faces.

p51
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It's confirmed that I'm finally going to get to see Atlantis in October, I can't wait!

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I added an extra day onto a work-related trip to Florida so I could visit KSCVC this morning and see Atlantis. The way they reveal the orbiter to you after the two film displays... well, it was spine-tingling. This truly is a gorgeous exhibit, and the way Atlantis is displayed as if on orbit is just superb. Do not miss this exhibit. It's well worth the trip.

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Sunday (June 29) marked one year since the opening of Space Shuttle Atlantis. The orbiter exhibit has contributed to 25 percent rise in attendance to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Florida Today reports.
"We needed it, with the cease of the shuttle program. We needed a good marketing product that people would want to come and see — and Atlantis is definitely that product. It's been real successful for us," Protze said.

"Atlantis has been absolutely instrumental in showing that we still are open at the Kennedy Space Center," he said.

The $100 million Atlantis exhibit opened amid much fanfare on June 29, 2013. Economically speaking, Protze labeled the retired orbiter "a shot in the arm" for his tourist destination during the ongoing lull in manned spaceflight — as shuttle-bearing museums in California, New York and northern Virginia can also attest.

More than 1 million people go to the KSC Visitor Complex on State Road 405 per year, said Andrea Farmer, spokeswoman. The 25-percent-plus attendance jump occurred between January and May, compared with the identical time span last year, she said.


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