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Part 2 – A visit to the Astronaut Hall of Fame

by Kiran on December 9, 2009 · 20 comments

in Q & A, Travels

There has been so much going on in our lives recently, thus the absence from blogosphere. A lot to write and share. But let’s first continue where I left.

Continuing from our trip to NASA recently, we proceeded to the Astronaut Hall of Fame. PSA warning yet again – this is a lengthy-photo-post. Don’t steal, ask for permission 🙂

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At the Astronaut Hall of Fame entrance

 

Alan B. Shepard

Alan B. Shepard Jr - first American in space

Alan B. Shepard Jr [the first American in space] statue graced the main entrance of this enterprise. It’s mesmerizing. Almost life-like.

 

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The Gemini exhibit

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NASA honors the first brave flyers who journeyed into space

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Tarun is awaiting his turn for the GForce training stimulation

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Tarun is in one of those capsules. Everything seems to look good, until...

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aaahhhhh... the speed is mind-boggling!

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The Gforce stimulator moves at a great speed and height!

The GForce stimulator is exhilarating! But be warned, it was a nauseous experience. Tarun was all swaying, left and right, with dizziness and slight headache. I was just a spectator, thank you 🙂 Of course the exhibition had a lot to offer. Interesting artifacts, informations, photos, collectibles, and historical time-lines all preserved for enthusiasts, tourists and such. I took so many photos, my bandwidth is crying 😀

 

Mercury mission spacesuit!

Mercury mission spacesuit!

Space exploration is something that I have always been fond of. There is so much of information and facts to learn. Test your knowledge with this small trivia and win 1 free customized header designed by me 😉

Q1: When does NASA start counting down to a shuttle launch?

Q2: How many holds (when the countdown is paused) are built-in to a nominal launch countdown?

Q3: Where is the countdown conducted from?

Q4: Which Earth-launched satellite was the first to leave our solar system?

Q5: Apollo astronauts trained for Moon landings using the LLTV. What does LLTV stand for?

Q6: When in orbit on the Space Shuttle, astronauts experience ______ gravity.

Q7: When some shuttle astronauts reach space, they feel ill. This is called______.

Q8: The three space shuttle main engines release energy equivalent to ______.

Q9: On average, how fast does the shuttle travel while in orbit?

Q10: The first man in space was?

The winner would receive 1 free customized header designed by me! Good luck and may the force be with the one who is the first to correctly answer all questions in the comment section below 😀

{ 16 comments }

1 Sakhi December 9, 2009 at 11:48 PM

O BOY!! i would have puked had i been in that capsule!! 🙂 😀

2 Kiran December 10, 2009 at 11:29 AM

Me too 🙂 It was dizzying just watching the capsule. Tarun was a little sick, poor him.

3 Nita December 10, 2009 at 12:10 AM

Kiran, this sounds very interesting. I didn’t know that they could allow tourists so much inside. And as for the G force Stimulator, wow it sounds exciting! However if I went there today it would be impossible for me to go there as nowadays I feel a little giddy with the roller coaster type of thing. If I had been 18 or something it would have thrilled me!
These are lovely photos Kiran.
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4 Kiran December 10, 2009 at 11:32 AM

The Hall of Fame is for tourist only where they display artifacts and what not. The stimulator was a giddy experience, for me as a spectator. Tarun endured dizziness and headache after-wards. Poor baby!
Overall, a very fun and educational outing.
Thanks for your compliment on the photos Nita 🙂

5 Chethan December 10, 2009 at 5:53 AM

wOW!
Huge Collection of Pics!
Thanks for the share
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6 Kiran December 10, 2009 at 11:33 AM

Thanks and Welcome to Chatterbox Chethan 🙂

7 Reema December 10, 2009 at 11:07 AM

wow!! would love to go there someday!!

8 Kiran December 10, 2009 at 11:33 AM

You’re welcome here anytime 🙂

9 Kelvin Servigon December 10, 2009 at 11:10 AM

I think I can’t ride that spinning capsules! LOL
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10 Kiran December 10, 2009 at 11:34 AM

Dizzying just by browsing the photos, no? 😀

11 Aditto December 11, 2009 at 10:45 AM

I wanna go there sometime!
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12 Kiran December 17, 2009 at 6:05 PM

You should 🙂 And the snaps would be as wonderful! Sad that NASA would be terminating their space missions soon though.

13 MusEditions December 22, 2009 at 3:34 AM

This is very informative, and the pictures are great! It’s a photo journal of the experience. I would love to go there myself. Space travel is just so amazing!

14 Kiran April 28, 2010 at 9:51 AM

Hi Muse!
Thanks. Yes, you should pay a visit to KSC before the Shuttle Mission program is scrapped by the politicians! Sadly.

15 Ching Ya December 23, 2009 at 11:44 AM

That’s really awesome. I hope someday I’ll have the chance to visit there as well. Really nice pictures and worth all the time & bandwidth to post them up. 🙂 I bet you have at least 50++ more pictures apart from the ones you posted. or 100+?

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16 Kiran April 28, 2010 at 9:53 AM

Thanks Ching Ya! You are right about the photos! There are tonnes of it in my collection 😀

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