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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 🙂


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.



The Gemini exhibit


NASA honors the first brave flyers who journeyed into space


Tarun is awaiting his turn for the GForce training stimulation


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


aaahhhhh... the speed is mind-boggling!


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?

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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______.

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Q10: The first man in space was?

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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

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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