Friday, December 2, 2016

Atlantis Space Shuttle and International Space Station

Space Shuttle Atlantis
Kennedy Space Center
Visitor Complex

Taking advantage of the technical expertise from participating countries, the International Space Station brings together scientists, engineers and researchers from around the globe to assemble the premier research facility in orbit.  During its career, Atlantis visited the International Space Station 11 times.

Atlantis Space Shuttle

Space Shuttle Atlantis
Kennedy Space Center
Visitor Complex

The fourth orbiter to join the fleet, Atlantis was delivered to Kennedy Space Center April 13, 1985.  Atlantis would fly 33 missions and would travel more that 125,935,769 miles in space prior to its final landing July 21, 2011.  

NASA Apollo Saturn-V

John F. Kennedy Space Center

Aerial view, NASA APOLLO Saturn-V 500 F. facility vehicle, arrives at launch complex 39 A.

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SA-500F was a dummy Saturn V used to test facilities at Launch Complex 39 during 1966.

Astronaut John F. Glenn - Friendship 7

Lieutenant Colonel John F. Glenn in his space helmet prior to entering Friendship 7 for his historic orbit around the earth.

Color by NASA

Lift-Off of The Thor IRBM Discover II Rocket

This picture shows the launching of the Thor IRBM Discoverer II rocket.  The purpose of the Discoverer program is to provide a scientific data-gathering earth satellite system having the capability of ejecting a recoverable research capsule from the orbiting satellite.  Discoverer VI was launched on August 8, 1959.

Photo by U.S.A.F.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Astronaut Lt. Colonel Guion S. Bluford, Jr.

Lt. Colonel Guion S. Bluford, Jr. of the USAF was named in May 1982 to be the first black American astronaut.  He is to fly aboard a July 1983 flight of space shuttle Challenger.

NASA Photo

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Guion Stewart Bluford, Jr., Ph.D. (born November 22, 1942),  ended up participating in four Space Shuttle flights between 1983 and 1992. 

Apollo Saturn V at Kennedy Space Center Complex 39 A

John F. Kennedy Space Center

NASA Apollo Saturn V, 500 F facility vehicle enroute from NASA's vehicle assembly building to launch complex 39 A.

Color Photo by NASA

NASA Tours Conducted by TWA, Kennedy Space Center, Florida

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I believe this is from 1966. 

Interior of the Vehicle Assembly Building

NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center

Interior view of the High Bay area in the 525 ft. Vehicle Assembly Building.

NASA Photo

Insignia / Emblem - Columbia, Lousma and Fullerton

STS-3 Crew Patch
This is the insignia for NASA's third flight of the space transportation system's (STS) Columbia, depicted in the middle of the blue sphere against the background of the sun.  The three prominent rays represent the third STS flight.   The surnames of Astronauts Jack R. Lousma, commander, and C. Gordon Fullerton, pilot, flank the vehicle and the name Columbia appears at the bottom.  The spacecraft's payload bay doors are open, and the remote manipulator system (RMS) arm is extended as it will be on several occasions during the actual flight.  The art work was accomplished by space artist Robert C. McCall of Paradise Valley, Arizona.

Photo by NASA

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STS-3 launched on 22 March 1982.

Curiosity Mars Rover

The sender writes that this is The Curiosity Mars Rover.