Piper Pacer, Oshkosh 2014
Piper Pacer, Oshkosh 2014
I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate. And I can picture us attacking that world, because they’d never expect it.
Launch Control Center at Kennedy Space Center was built to serve the Apollo Program. It consists of four different firing rooms, each with a unique story to tell. Firing Room 4 wasn’t used for a launch until late into the Shuttle Program. After undergoing extensive renovation to modernize its infrastructure in 2006, this room served the final 15 shuttle launches. STS-135 may have been the most emotional.
On July 8, 2011, Launch Director Michael Leinbach peered over his room full of more than 200 steely-eyed launch controllers. “Ok, guys. Let’s get ready. We’re gonna go.” They were preparing to launch STS-135, the final shuttle mission. Many of the controllers choked back tears as the countdown clock neared zero. Emotions ran high, but they didn’t have much time to reflect on these feelings. Leinbach gazed through the windows of Firing Room 4, peering over 3.5 miles of swampy terrain that separates Launch Control from Pad 39A, where Space Shuttle Atlantis sat. He seemed to be deep in thought, wistfully saying, “It’s a nice day to launch a shuttle.” The countdown was allowed to progress and the big moment came. Atlantis’s firing chain was armed and her three main engines ignited. Controllers watched with bated breath as Atlantis strained against explosive bolts that held her to the pad. Solid rocket motors ignited, marking the point of no return. Her hold-down bolts were sheared and Atlantis was set free to leap into the air. She rose above the pad, finally clearing the launch tower service structure. At this point, responsibility for the mission was handed off to Mission Control at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. This room could now begin conversion for its next chapter.
Firing Room 4 is now undergoing renovation to serve NASA’s private and commercial clients. It is being adapted for use with a multitude of launch vehicles and spacecraft. Only time will tell what stories will unfold in this room.
The Sound of Silence - Simon & Garfunkel
Hello darkness, my old friend
I’ve come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain still remains
Within the sound of silence
Every girl loves an aviator
$5 an hour. Wow.
Perry Hall is hands down the toughest crowd when it comes to puns and anti jokes or am I just not funny FUCK
MY DEAR GOD. This is all the evidence I will ever need.
Business end of a Texan
Come Fly With Me - Frank Sinatra