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robert_l
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posted 01-26-2013 09:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for robert_l   Click Here to Email robert_l     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am just back from visiting the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. A lot of changes since my last visit in 1998:

The Apollo 14 command module is there, but the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project CM and Skylab rescue CM are no longer. Also, there used to be a lunar module mockup in the Rocket Garden.

What's happened to them?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-26-2013 09:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Apollo-Soyuz Test Project command module was moved to the California Science Center in 2005.

To the best of my knowledge, CM-119, the Skylab rescue command module, is still at the Apollo Saturn V Center at Kennedy Space Center.

I don't recall there being a lunar module in the Rocket Garden and A Field Guide to American Spacecraft doesn't list one (past or present).

SpaceDust
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posted 01-26-2013 11:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceDust     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's a photo I took in April 1972 of the LEM. I don't know when it was removed from the garden.

413 is in
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posted 01-26-2013 02:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 413 is in   Click Here to Email 413 is in     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's two more recent photos of the LM. I took these in August 1997 while working on STS-85.

mikej
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posted 01-26-2013 05:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mikej   Click Here to Email mikej     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This LM mockup was moved to an interstate highway welcome center near Stennis Space Center. When Stennis still had an on-site visitor center, busses originated at the welcome center and drove to Stennis.

I photographed it back in '04 and '05, and the LM was still there the last time Google Maps updated their imagery.

robert_l
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posted 01-28-2013 04:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for robert_l   Click Here to Email robert_l     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Robert and everyone. The Skylab rescue capsule is missing. I am sure it was there in 1998. There is the command service module, Apollo 20 (?) with the Saturn V, or is the same one?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-28-2013 04:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As can be seen in this photo from the Field Guide, the Skylab rescue vehicle sat below the Saturn V, under Apollo Boilerplate 30 (BP-30).

If it is indeed missing, my first guess is that is undergoing restoration, perhaps by Guard-Lee, but I can inquire and find out.

robert_l
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posted 01-29-2013 10:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for robert_l   Click Here to Email robert_l     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Robert, that is still there. I thought I remembered seeing another capsule? On the floor without SM and it had a pack explaining about it. Will need to check back at my old photos and video from 1998.

p51
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posted 01-29-2013 01:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by mikej:
This LM mockup was moved to an interstate highway welcome center near Stennis Space Center. When Stennis still had an on-site visitor center, busses originated at the welcome center and drove to Stennis.
It was still there in September when my wife and I passed through there on our cross-country road trip. The concrete underneath has the name (like at the Chinese theater in Hollywood) and moon boot prints attributed to Fred Haise, if memory serves. I have photos of all of that on my computer at home...

Zach121k
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posted 02-07-2013 09:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Zach121k   Click Here to Email Zach121k     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by mikej:
...the LM was still there the last time Google Maps updated their imagery.
I was at Stennis last year, and I can confirm that the module is still there. It's propped up on wood near a playground.

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