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Registered: 12-2006
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NASA tour with my best friend


'Visited my best friend from high school at his NASA job and he kindly explained I cannot mention a certain rocket scientist joke to him anymore. BUT: what does a rocket scientist say when a problem is too hard? "This project is HARDER than getting a DATE!" (Now you know the most classic NASA joke of all time.)
Years ago in the Air Force he was 2 weeks away from being a F-15 or F-16 pilot, but then his eyes went bad & he could not pass the eye test. So he remained in Aerospace, which lead him to his dream job (*at*) NASA. He is part of the Mars 2020 project and they have finished testing the Mars parachute in the wind tunnel.

Here is my friend wearing his Mars team shirt (yes, we still both have Beatle haircuts, OF COURSE!)
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Me so super-happy to own the 8 patch shuttle jacket:
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This is the first patch for the teams who worked on the B-2, long before the public was not allowed to see what it looked like. But it's OK to reveal it, as the world has seen the B-2:
( ...By the time you see it - it's TOO late ! ) My best friend from high school was on that team. He saw the B-2 long before the world saw it. The computer speed level is mind-blowing. Anyone without proper clearance cannot step within 100 feet of the B-2 without being escorted by several armed guards into the brig immediately.

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'Walked through, up and around the 2 largest wind tunnels in the world in (*at*) the base in Mountain View, CA. 'Just the 2 of us with hardhats and flashlights. There were things I was allowed to photograph and a lot of things I was NOT allowed to photograph.
What's outside the wind tunnel intake?
Street hockey goals for the Shark fan NASA teams, of course:
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Before the wind tunnel can be operated, ALL padlocked key card personnel must take their lock off this box: (There are also several double-check and triple check items and tons of keys in many areas.)
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My photo of 2 of the 6 massive powerful blades cannot show how giant they are, but here it goes:
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This was cool to see up close
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One of the rewards for having an Aerospace job income is -
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My friend has also showed me a lot of rocket engine test photos and booster engines and several exclusive launch photos. I included his front row shuttle roll out photo. We have so much more to talk about and enjoy. I can teach him any guitar or bass stuff and his wife loves bass = cool bonus wifey feature. He has met and worked with several astronauts. He worked on the project that flew the shuttle piggy-back in the Bay Area for it's final display flights.The aft fairing, covering the shuttle main engines and the orbital maneuvering engines, was added along with the modifications to the 747 horizontal tail to reduce stress on the vertical tail. The fatigue life of the vertical tail was on the order of 10 hours, barely two flights from Edwards to the Cape. The additions to the horizontal tail also added directional stability to the 747. The NASA store on base is attached to the massive NASA employee cafe and that was such a sweet candy store for me to explore. Want to spend over $200 for a super detailed space capsule model? 'Wanna large space shuttle model? Buy stuff on Tuesday with a NASA employee standing next to you and get 10% off every damn thing! I'm happy he took time to obtain my visitor badge and you must have your photo added to it before getting through the base gates. Boy, there are plenty of armed dudes watching everyone at all times.
OH, but their so spaced-out, Bu-bu-bu-bu-bu-Bennie and the Jets
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I cannot post more of the many photos I have, as my wonder wifey wants me to get off my damn home PC downstairs and get outside. It's our doggies' 3rd birthday today.










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Re: NASA tour with my best friend


Thanks for Sharing Dave.


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