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astro-nut
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posted 06-15-2013 06:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for astro-nut   Click Here to Email astro-nut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What were the exact dates of construction of the Vertical Assembly Building (later Vehicle Assembly Building, VAB) at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida?

When did construction start on the VAB and what day was construction completed?

nasamad
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posted 06-15-2013 10:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for nasamad   Click Here to Email nasamad     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The info you are looking for is likely to be found in these chapters of NASA's Moonport.

A quick look tells me that work began on 11 July 1963. It would be a shame not to read this yourself as its very interesting and there were a lot of milestones between beginning and end.

LM-12
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posted 08-22-2014 09:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is a NASA article on current modifications to the VAB for the SLS program.

Notice in the first photo that there is a mission emblem for the STS-109 Hubble repair mission on the VAB wall near High Bay 3. Why that particular flight? Are there other emblems on the VAB walls?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-22-2014 09:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, there are a number of mission emblems. I believe they were added for the filming of "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" in 2010.

LM-12
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posted 08-22-2014 10:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I like the banners they placed higher up in High Bay 3. Interesting comparison.

More emblems can be seen in this 2011 photo.

SpaceAngel
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posted 08-24-2017 07:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAngel   Click Here to Email SpaceAngel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When I went to the Kennedy Space Center this week, I noticed the painted American flag on the side of the Vehicle Assembly Building is starting to wary; does anyone think it's time for NASA to repaint the flag?

James913
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posted 08-28-2017 12:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for James913   Click Here to Email James913     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
One of my favorite reminders that the VAB is a living and constantly changing organism – I took these photos back in 2006.

oly
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posted 08-28-2017 04:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for oly   Click Here to Email oly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A strange place for a door, perhaps NASA plans on using this to travel to another dimension. Or it's just a typical government building with a contract for a set number of doors.

LM-12
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posted 08-28-2017 06:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Maybe it is the door seen between High Bay 1 and High Bay 3 in this Apollo 8
rollout photo
. There is some kind of wire coming out the door toward the ground.

Jim Behling
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posted 08-28-2017 09:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jim Behling   Click Here to Email Jim Behling     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by oly:
A strange place for a door...
Not really, there could have been a platform at that level for Apollo. Also, government contracts would not specific door numbers.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-28-2017 09:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by LM-12:
Maybe it is the door seen...
The particular door pictured doesn't lead to the outside of the building, but rather into offices and work areas. As Jim notes, it is a remnant of a prior platform level.

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