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Apollo 8 Launch Control

Actual Lauch Control equipment from the Apollo 8 launch that was the first manned mission leave earth orbit and head to the moon and back Christmas 1968. Frank Borman, James Lovell, and William Anders were the crew.

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Almost Full

I spent last Saturday morning at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, I spent most of my time out at the Saturn Five/Apollo building. I immersed myself in all the artifacts from the 5 trips that landed on the moon. In the evening I was presented with this view of the moon. All 5 missions landed somewhere on this side of the moon. Apollo 11 landed in the on the dark patch about one third of the way down from the top of the moon

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Lunar Lander

Need to do more research on the LEM (Lunar Lander) not even sure which side was Buzz Aldrin’s and which was Neil Armstrong’s.

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Another Moon

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Crab Nebula

Beautiful visualization of the Crab Nebula 6500 light years from here. First observations of the supernova was in 1054 when it was bright enough to be seen in daylight. This is a mix of visible light, infrared, and x-ray telescopes.  From Hubble, Chandra and Spitzer.  We can do amazing things where we are not beating down each other.

 

Credit: NASA, ESA, F. Summers, J. Olmsted, L. Hustak, J. DePasquale, G. Bacon (STScI), N. Wolk (CfA|H&S/CXC), R. Hurt (Caltech/IPAC)

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A-Wing Starfighter

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Atlantis Wing Detail

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Atlantis Suspended

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Atlantis Docking Port

Docking port used to connect Atlantis to the International Space Station.