Wednesday, September 7, 2011


Any cognitively aware human stepping foot into the Vehicle Assembly Building would instantly be overcome by reverse claustrophobia. You feel like the smallest most insignificantly negligible piece of matter in the universe. Looking up into the largest single story building in the world is the closest thing to flying while standing on solid ground. It wasn't until we boarded the buses to leave that I realized had completely forgotten to tweet for the entire time we were in the VAB.

A pleasant surprise as we rounded the corner, Endeavor sat being picked apart. This vehicle has traveled at a speed of over 25 times the speed of sound.

Besides the VAB we visited the Delta II with GRAIL atop from a couple hundred feet away at Launch Complex 17B. 

This will be the 356th Delta II launch as well as the final Delta II launch from Kennedy Space Center and the final launch from LC-17B.

We also were taken to see Launch Complex 41 which is where Mars Science Laboratory is lifting off from in the coming months.

Aside from that, presentations from several extremely notable persons were given. Those included the NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People Neil deGrasse Tyson, and lt. Uhera from Star Trek, Nichelle Nichols.

Neil Tyson was most likely the crowd favorite as he was very enthusiastic and colorful speaker. He also stuck around with the Tweetup for the rest of the day. 

Charlie Bolden was also very well liked as he was incredibly honest. He didn't play the whole politician role, he was actually very humble. One tweep asked a question which Bolden quite obviously wouldn't know the answer to, and instead of bullshitting an answer he plainly told him that it is the engineers and physicists jobs to know.

Basically, one of the best days I've ever had. Tomorrows launch (fingers crossed) will only make it better.

Signing off.

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