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Friday, November 15, 2013

Space Tourists: Collecting the whole Saturn V set

A week ago, Matt and I returned from nearly two weeks of traveling in a mini Roadtrop that took us to the Mountain Oasis Festival in Asheville and the Voodoo Music Festival in our love haunt, New Orleans. We hung out with some old friends from the NINternet and met a few new friends, and generally had a marvelous time, as evidenced by the photos in these slideshows:


New Orleans and back again:

But perhaps the most important part of the trip was the completion of our quest to see all of the publicly viewable Saturn V displays. Because SPACE ROCKETS ARE AWESOME. If you were following our Roadtrop last year, you'd know that we already visited Kennedy Space Center and Houston's Johnson Space Center (and Stennis Space Center), so most of the work was done. All that was left was for us to drop in on Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama, and for us to seek out the out-of-the-way Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans while we were down there.

Incidentally, I am a proud Space Academy Level II 1994 alum:

Not pictured: my very first ever "boyfriend," Mark from Michigan, with whom I awkwardly made out for a week. (Apparently I have always been attracted to the American Nerd.)

 Anyway, back to the Saturn V's.

Here is the list of Saturn V displays from the wikipedia entry, along with our proof of visitation:

Saturn V displays

  • SA-500D is on horizontal display made up of S-IC-D, S-II-F/D and S-IVB-D. These were all test stages not meant for flight. This vehicle was displayed outdoors from 1969 to 2007, was restored, and is now displayed in the Davidson Center for Space Exploration.
  • Vertical display (replica) built in 1999 located in an adjacent area.
Saturn V at Space Camp  Saturn V at Space Camp

Saturn V at Space Camp   Saturn V at Space Camp
  • One at the Johnson Space Center made up of first stage from SA-514, the second stage from SA-515 and the third stage from SA-513 (replaced for flight by the Skylab workshop). With stages arriving between 1977 and 1979, this was displayed in the open until its 2005 restoration when a structure was built around it for protection. This is the only display Saturn consisting entirely of stages intended to be launched.
Houston Johnson Space Center: Saturn V   Houston Johnson Space Center: Matt and the Saturn V
  • One at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex made up of S-IC-T (test stage) and the second and third stages from SA-514. It was displayed outdoors for decades, then in 1996 was enclosed for protection from the elements in the Apollo/Saturn V Center.
Kennedy Space Center: Matt with the Saturn V  
Saturn V outside Michoud Assembly Facility  Saturn V outside Michoud Assembly Facility
OK, here's the thing: we TOTALLY went to the NASM for our anniversary in 2012, but ... we forgot to take photos with the Saturn V. I KNOW. What is wrong with us? I guess we'll have to go again. But here are pictures of us at the damn NASM, and I'm wearing my TARDIS dress, does that count?

  • A possible object to be displayed is a flown F-1 (rocket engine), which was lifted from a depth of 4.000 meter (12.000 feet) in the Atlantic Ocean during a 2013 expedition by Jeff Bezos,which has been confirmed as F-1 engine number F-6044, the center engine in the SA-506 rocket which lifted Apollo 11.
I don't know why this is included in the wiki. It's just an F-1. So let me instead include this picture of us with an F-1 at the Stennis Space Center:

Stennis Space Center: Saturn V F-1 engine

Stennis Space Center: Saturn V F-1 engine

Anyway, point is, DONE.

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