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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #1100 on: 06/18/2013 03:06 am »
I'll definitely have to go back soon after it opens to see the rest. I was very impressed. I kinda thought it seemed too dark at times but there may be more lighting going in, not sure. But the theme IS supposed to be simulating on-orbit so it probably won't get much brighter. All in all it was very surreal knowing that I worked on her and saw her on the pad less than 2 years ago, knowing that i helped with annual validations on that vent arm a few years before that. It still is somewhat depressing seeing her there. but it definately beats the alternative, like Buran's fate, or rotting in a boneyard somewhere. Like I told someone else there, it more than does her justice after the injustice that she, and the rest of the program, suffered due to the country's financial woes and changing political winds. But that is a subject for a different thread....

I wholeheartedly recommend going. Pay her a visit. I think she'd appreciate it.....
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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #1101 on: 06/18/2013 03:11 am »
Great visual tour, Padrat. Thanks for sharing. I definitely plan to get down there this summer to see her in this fabulous new exhibit hall. What a wonderful home they've created for Atlantis!

Hope that ISS exhibit is big enough for adults to craw in, and not just kids!  :)
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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #1102 on: 06/18/2013 04:23 am »
Space Shuttle Atlantis, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, June 17, 2013

Published on Jun 17, 2013
On June 17, 2013, invited guests were allowed to tour the new Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. The exhibit will have its formal opening on June 29, 2013.

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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #1103 on: 06/18/2013 07:27 am »
Thank you padrat for sharing this magnificent photo show, the impression is phenomenally, simply stunning images.

I can imagine that you got goose bumps when you have reminded on your many years of hard work on the pad, all the many experiences, impressions, joy and also disappointment that this unique program unfortunately but had to stop.

Thank you Tony for this smashing video too, maybe I can admire also sometime this exhibition, for the time being, it is still a dream, but a very beautiful ...

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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #1104 on: 06/18/2013 12:20 pm »
I'll definitely have to go back soon after it opens to see the rest. I was very impressed. I kinda thought it seemed too dark at times but there may be more lighting going in, not sure. But the theme IS supposed to be simulating on-orbit so it probably won't get much brighter. All in all it was very surreal knowing that I worked on her and saw her on the pad less than 2 years ago, knowing that i helped with annual validations on that vent arm a few years before that. It still is somewhat depressing seeing her there. but it definately beats the alternative, like Buran's fate, or rotting in a boneyard somewhere. Like I told someone else there, it more than does her justice after the injustice that she, and the rest of the program, suffered due to the country's financial woes and changing political winds. But that is a subject for a different thread....

I wholeheartedly recommend going. Pay her a visit. I think she'd appreciate it.....

Thank you so very much for the amazing pictures and the work you did on her for all those years. I am glad to see she is atleast being retired with dignity and grace and she is the star of the show. I am planning to go in September so I cant wait to see her. I have seen Discovery on Display, and that for me was very touching for me due to the love I have had for the program since I was a child and watched the first launch of the program, so to see Discovery in person was a dream come true and now to get this close to Atlantis will be amazing!!
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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #1105 on: 06/18/2013 12:32 pm »
Wow.. I'm seriously awestruck at this exhibit. I can't wait for July 12th.

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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #1106 on: 06/18/2013 12:39 pm »
Looks like there's more work being done outside..

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« Reply #1107 on: 06/18/2013 12:42 pm »
Wow. Amazing photos PR! Thanks!
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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #1108 on: 06/18/2013 01:23 pm »
Awesome new photos of Atlantis. :)

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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #1109 on: 06/18/2013 04:53 pm »
There's a neat looking ISS exhibit for the kids to play in, when it's finished.

Can adults play in it too...? ;)

Whenever I eventually visit, they'll probably have to call security at closing time to forcibly remove me from there. :D
« Last Edit: 06/18/2013 04:56 pm by Space Pete »
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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #1110 on: 06/18/2013 07:39 pm »
Great pics :) I'm flying over next week for the opening but after seeing these I'm not sure I will be able to sleep :) Can't wait.
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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #1111 on: 06/18/2013 07:53 pm »

Thanks for the pre-tour padrat!  Nice exhibit to be sure (and good words by you).
We'll be sure to stop by for a full day when in town for the EFT-1 launch.

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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #1112 on: 06/18/2013 11:12 pm »
Looks like something interesting is happening to the right. There's a black line on the concrete and what looks to be some stabilizers on the ground. The previous cherry pickers didn't use that AFAIK.

Anyone have an idea?

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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #1113 on: 06/19/2013 10:44 am »
After the family viewing it has gone again to work. There are still some parts to install like the rear support of the orbiter and the supply lines for electricity, liquids, and gases between the ET and the rest of the shuttle stack, as well as details on the SRBs.

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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #1114 on: 06/19/2013 12:18 pm »
They did a much better job on the RSME's on Atlantis than they did on Discovery. The inside of them on Discovery are like a gray color and Atlantis actually looks realistic I think.
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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #1115 on: 06/19/2013 05:33 pm »
Looks like something interesting is happening to the right. There's a black line on the concrete and what looks to be some stabilizers on the ground. The previous cherry pickers didn't use that AFAIK.

Anyone have an idea?

You do have a point. It does look like something's going on.

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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #1116 on: 06/20/2013 06:31 pm »
Looks like a quiet day.

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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #1117 on: 06/20/2013 07:00 pm »
Looks like the bottom shuttle attach points are mounted to the tank now but the upper attach point I dont see yet?
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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #1118 on: 06/21/2013 07:33 pm »
Here are a few pictures the Visitor Center posted, She looks amazing!!

(Lots of awesome photos from Ben Cooper here: http://www.launchphotography.com/Atlantis_museum.html - one below is a sample preview of a large set).
« Last Edit: 06/21/2013 10:19 pm by Chris Bergin »
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Re: Atlantis: Deservicing and Retirement Updates
« Reply #1119 on: 06/22/2013 12:42 pm »
Most of my photos are nearly identical to the ones posted earlier. Here are a few others.

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