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Dutch Space program 1986
« on: 10/23/2018 10:49 AM »
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« Reply #1 on: 10/23/2018 11:46 AM »
This needs a little explaining.

In the run up to shuttle mission STS-61-A (Spacelab D1) the public interest in spaceflight in the Netherlands increased dramatically. This was courtesy of first Dutch astronaut Wubbo Ockels being a member of the STS-61-A crew.

Following the successful conclusion of STS-61-A famed Dutch astronomer and technology journalist Chriet Titulaer organized a large spaceflight exposition, in the Jaarbeurs expo center in the city of Utrecht. This was in 1986 and unsurprisingly the exposition went by the title Space '86.

To promote the Space '86 event the clocktower of the Dom Church (Dom toren or Dom Tower) sported a life-size image of a Saturn V rocket. That's what is shown in the video in the OP.

Note: both the Saturn V and the Domtower are roughly the same height.
« Last Edit: 10/23/2018 11:57 AM by woods170 »

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Re: Dutch Space program 1986
« Reply #2 on: 10/23/2018 01:32 PM »
You are making fun now, but just wait until NASA needs some dikes and pumps build in space!
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Re: Dutch Space program 1986
« Reply #3 on: 10/23/2018 03:35 PM »
Ah, memories. That's the first space event/exposition I've ever been to. Didn't see the Saturn V (the exposition site wasn't close to the Domtoren), but I did get to touch a Moon rock.

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Re: Dutch Space program 1986
« Reply #4 on: 10/23/2018 04:11 PM »
You are making fun now, but just wait until NASA needs some dikes and pumps build in space!

didn't Elon Musk flew some gouda cheese in space ?
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Re: Dutch Space program 1986
« Reply #5 on: 10/23/2018 07:12 PM »
You are making fun now, but just wait until NASA needs some dikes and pumps build in space!

didn't Elon Musk flew some gouda cheese in space ?
Nope. It was a French cheese. However Wubbo Ockels brought along some Gouda cheese on STS-61-A.

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Re: Dutch Space program 1986
« Reply #6 on: 10/23/2018 07:29 PM »
Ah, memories. That's the first space event/exposition I've ever been to. Didn't see the Saturn V (the exposition site wasn't close to the Domtoren), but I did get to touch a Moon rock.
I got to touch the Moon rock as well and had an excellent run in the “kantelkamer” (tilting cabin). Got to score authographs as well from both Wubbo and Chriet on an old issue of KIJK magazine. But mostly I remember all the wonderful scale models on display (from Hupkens modelbouw) as well as full-scale mockups of the lunar rover and Intelsat VI. Oh and there was debris on display from the failed OTS-1 launch if I remember correctly. Other stuff that I can remember are displays of an EMU-MMU unit, the IRAS satellite and lots of stuff relating to Apollo and Wubbo’s space-lab mission.


And finally I remember that at Space ‘86 rockets really were LEGO’s. There were displays of rockets, lunar landers, Viking landers, Goddard’s rocket, lunar rover, Landsat and STS. All built from LEGO bricks.
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