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Offline Paper Kosmonaut

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Brush your feet before docking, lads!
« on: 12/05/2013 08:26 pm »
Yesterday I was visiting the travelling NASA exhibition "A Human Adventure" and I liked what I saw. Getting a grasp of the size of those capsules and other spacecraft is great. Now I do have a somewhat silly question: on top of the Agena target vehicle, right behind the docking collar, I saw two things what appear to be brushes . I hardly can imagine they belong up there. I guess it's forgotten by a cleaner. Or... ?
Anyway, it looked very funny and I thought perhaps someone here could enlighten me.
PK - dei t dut mout t waiten!

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Re: Brush your feet before docking, lads!
« Reply #1 on: 12/05/2013 09:32 pm »
Perhaps they were there to reduce build-up of static electricity between stages and payload?

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Re: Brush your feet before docking, lads!
« Reply #2 on: 12/06/2013 06:06 am »
Looking at the way the two spacecraft would look after they'd been docked, there is no chance the Gemini would have touched the brushes. The V-shape in the cone ends almost 20 cm ahead of the brushes' reach.
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Re: Brush your feet before docking, lads!
« Reply #3 on: 12/06/2013 07:07 am »
A quick check of historic photos does not show these brushes at the flight hardware.. as example Gemini 11:
http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/images/gemini/gemini11/hires/s66-54555.jpg

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Re: Brush your feet before docking, lads!
« Reply #4 on: 12/07/2013 12:24 am »
Is that an outdoor exhibit? Are those supposed to keep birds from sitting and pooping there?

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