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Re: OV-103 in Dulles
« Reply #40 on: 09/12/2013 06:11 PM »
Ugh. That disappoints me. I always thought they could at least go over her every 6 months or so with a duster.

Here's a picture I saw on Flickr awhile ago of dust on the windows.

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Re: OV-103 in Dulles
« Reply #41 on: 09/18/2013 11:13 PM »
IMO perhaps for all the orbiters they be treated as how NASA treats them, even as they are museum pieces. They are kept clean and preferably behind a nitrogen filled glass case.

As an example the Apollo capsules are all behind glass cases to protect them from dust and children who would break them by mistake. The shuttle orbiters should also be given the same respect. I'm very serious about this.

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Re: OV-103 in Dulles
« Reply #42 on: 09/19/2013 08:28 PM »
I actually emailed Udvar-Hazy about this last week asking about how/if they clean Discovery. They got back to me and said they would be forwarding my email to a department that could answer it for me. So far no response.

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Re: OV-103 in Dulles
« Reply #43 on: 09/24/2013 02:13 PM »
W wonder if they will clean her up a bit. I hope KSC keeps Atlantis clean and daily checks for items people may have thrown over into the cargo bay or left wing.
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Re: OV-103 in Dulles
« Reply #44 on: 09/24/2013 09:22 PM »
...did you notice any dust on Discovery? I heard complaints about that.

Before rumors start running rampant about a dusty Discovery,  I checked with the museum.

The museum has an artifact cleaning crew who carefully dust the aircraft and spacecraft on a rotating schedule to remove light dust and lint (mostly denim fiber) raised by the millions of visitors who walk through the display areas annually. It takes months to complete one round of dusting, so at any given time any given object may appear to be in need of attention. It's a matter of timing, not inattention.

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Re: OV-103 in Dulles
« Reply #45 on: 09/25/2013 12:11 PM »
That makes total sense, It is a huge place, When I went to see Discovery last year she looked great but of course those who love these Shuttles tend to get worried they are not taken care of lol
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Re: OV-103 in Dulles
« Reply #46 on: 09/25/2013 01:43 PM »
Thank you for checking on this, CS.

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Re: OV-103 in Dulles
« Reply #47 on: 09/30/2013 02:54 PM »
A note regarding Space Shuttle Discovery and the Udvar-Hazy Center posted by the Smithsonian: Please note: If the federal government shuts down on Oct. 1, our museums will be closed and all events will be canceled.

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Re: OV-103 in Dulles
« Reply #48 on: 09/30/2013 04:55 PM »
I saw that on their facebook page last week, That will suck if they have to close down while the morons in Washington fight
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Re: OV-103 in Dulles
« Reply #49 on: 10/02/2013 10:59 PM »
All we can do now is hope that Discovery enjoys her break.

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Re: OV-103 in Dulles
« Reply #50 on: 10/17/2013 02:59 PM »
Now that the government shutdown is over.. Discovery is back! Hopefully she enjoyed her break.

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Re: OV-103 in Dulles
« Reply #51 on: 12/08/2014 03:15 PM »
Just for fun, I will be at the Udvar-Hazy talking to the docents on Wednesday Dec 10 2014 at 9 AM.  Hopefully this will give the team some insight so they can give even better tours.  And this will beat the deadline of Dec 11 if the government shuts down once again . . . .

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Re: OV-103 in Dulles
« Reply #52 on: 12/30/2014 01:37 PM »
Just for fun, I will be at the Udvar-Hazy talking to the docents on Wednesday Dec 10 2014 at 9 AM.  Hopefully this will give the team some insight so they can give even better tours.

How did this go, Wayne?

When Discovery first made it to Udvar-Hazy, I was on hand to see her into the hanger...  during that first "private viewing" morning some of us had, I talked for about 15 minutes to a handful of docents who were there.  They had some really good questions about the "battle scars" that an operational spacecraft had vs Enterprise.  We had some good discussions of the flow patterns over the wings and fuselage and how some of the scorch marks they were seeing on Discovery was a direct result of that.

It helped a bit to know that these guys are not only there, but are dedicated to "telling the story" of our girl. 
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