NASA Social Trip Report - April 2016

SpaceX Launch from Kennedy Space Center!
Users viewing this topic: No registered users and 0 guests
Discuss theme parks, roller coasters, and mules!
Online
Site Admin
User avatar
 
Posts: 46225
Joined: 01 Feb 2005
Location: Orlando, FL
Gender: Male

NASA Social Trip Report - April 2016

Postby robbalvey » Sat Sep 03, 2016 10:02 pm

As you are probably aware, TPR gets invited to share some super cool experiences at NASA's Kennedy Space Center from time to time. In April we live tweeted from an amazing event at Cape Canaveral which included a launch of a SpaceX rocket. Here is what we reported on...

Oh, yeah, please follow NASA Social. They are @NASASocial on pretty much ever social media channel.

Image
Today we'll be tweeting from a #NASASocial event at Kennedy Space Center!

Image
Image
Gonna be space geeking out @NASAKennedy for 2 days @NASASocial @SpaceX CRS-8 launch event!

Image
Lots of space stuff happens in this building! Going inside now!

Image
Image
Image
Image
Lobby of the Neil Armstrong building showing off some past & recent #NASA projects!

Image
Neil Armstrong's Apollo mission suit!

Image
Park your space ship here!

Image
Image
Image
Image
Standing in the building where Orion crew modules will be built! So cool!

Image
Image
Image
Image
Working on the test Orion crew capsule that will eventually take humans to Mars! Amazing!

Image
"Now that's a big door!" #Tron

Image
Me and the V.A.B! Just hanging out together!

Image
Hanging out in the press annex presentation about life on the space station!

Image
Go, Science, GO! My favorite slide EVER!!!

Image
Trent Smith has been a fountain of knowledge about the cargo being sent to #ISS

Image
Image
Image
Image
Not a new Light Saber! This how water, seeds, & plants are transported to #ISS!

Image
Anna Sophia talks studying DNA on the Space Station. She's a HIGH SCHOOL senior & way smarter than us! :)

Image
Image
Image
Geeking out over the door many astronauts walked through putting their "patch" on the wall.

Image
Image
Image
Taking some time after the @NASASocial event to @ExploreSpaceKSC! Love the Visitors Center!

Image
Image
Image
Image
The Atlantis exhibit @ExploreSpaceKSC is just so seriously cool! Worth coming to the visitors center alone!

Image
Best themed pay phone in all of central Florida! lol

Image
First day at NASA has come to an end. Tomorrow we see a rocket launch!

Image
We are back @NASAKennedy for more space geeking out! Follow along! Rocket launch later!

Image
Robert Cabana, Director of @NASAKennedy talks about taking us on the roof of the VAB! Yes, please! :)

Image
Image
Hearing Robert Cabana, pilot of 4 Space Shuttle flights talk about #NASA is so inspiring!

Image
"Mars is a round trip mission for NASA."

Image
Image
Listening to AWESOME Space Shuttle stories from astronaut Doug Wheelock.

Image
Heard some just fantastic space mission stories from astronaut @Astro_Wheels this morning!

Image
These #NASA crawlers are like something right out of #StarWars! Awesome!

Image
Checking out launch pad 39A where @SpaceX manned missions will soon launch from!

Image
In just a few hours this @SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will be in space!

Image
"You must be this tall to ride the Falcon 9 rocket."

Image
Image
Image
Image
Currently inside the VAB. We are about to go to the top!

Image
Trying to capture the insane size of the VAB. It's impossible!

Image
Looking straight down 500 feet from the top of the VAB! OMG!!!

Image
The view from the top of the VAB! Holy cow! No words.

Image
Image
Image
Image
Going to the top of the VAB #ExtremeBucketList Simply amazing!

Image
Image
Image
Image
Up close & personal with one of @NASAKennedy's crawlers that will carry the SLS Rocket from VAB to 39A

Image
Image
Image
It takes a lot of "gunk" to keep the crawlers moving!

Image
Image
Image
Image
Still just amazed we went to the top of the VAB!!!

Image
We are T-1 hour to launch!

Image
About 2 miles away from @SpaceX #Falcon9 launch! Lift off 4:43pm!

Image
Just a few minutes until launch...

Image
#NASASocial getting cameras ready for launch!

Image
Another AWESOME @SpaceX #Falcon9 launch!

Image
Watching a launch from @NASASocial event is indescribable! Breathtaking experience!

And here is what you've come here for! Video of the launch!


And that wraps up another amazing NASA Social event! Be sure to follow them on social media: @NASASocial
Last edited by robbalvey on Sat Sep 03, 2016 10:29 pm.

I've gone pantless!
User avatar
 
Posts: 32780
Joined: 21 Sep 2005
Location: In the lair of the Huge Hummel Boy (which is conveniently located near Williamsburg, Va.)
Gender: Male
Age: 57

Re: NASA Social Trip Report - April 2016

Postby cfc » Mon Sep 05, 2016 5:22 am

Definitely a lot of stuff you don't get to see on the "regular" tour--cool!
Image
Image

Jar-Jar Binks smells like Donkey
User avatar
 
Posts: 1238
Joined: 23 Feb 2005
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada USA
Gender: Male
Age: 30

Re: NASA Social Trip Report - April 2016

Postby Mr Stratosphere » Mon Sep 05, 2016 12:16 pm

This is super fascinating! Thanks for sharing!
It's amazing what the human race can do when we set our minds to it!

Robb, how would you describe the sound from the rocket as I am sure the video doesn't do it justice?
Image

Why do I still have a donkey title???
User avatar
 
Posts: 2928
Joined: 15 Feb 2005
Location: Bergen, Norway
Gender: Male
Age: 30

Re: NASA Social Trip Report - April 2016

Postby viking86 » Mon Sep 05, 2016 1:02 pm

So cool that you got to see all that awesome stuff up-close! I loved the "regular" tour at Kennedy Space Center, so I can only imagine how awesome it must be to do all this "special stuff". I'm so bummed we missed a launch on our visit to Orlando two years ago, we were supposed to head out at night to watch a launch, but weather was not coorperating so we stayed at home and the launch was postponed to the following night. Unfortunately that came in conflict with other plans, so we didn't go... :(

robbalvey wrote:The Atlantis exhibit @ExploreSpaceKSC is just so seriously cool! Worth coming to the visitors center alone!


This is so true! Seeing a real spaceshuttle up-close was one of few moments in my life which has left me in total awe!

That random nerd
User avatar
 
Posts: 2378
Joined: 26 Feb 2006
Location: Houston, Texas
Gender: Male
Age: 23

Re: NASA Social Trip Report - April 2016

Postby Vekoma Fan Boy » Mon Sep 05, 2016 1:58 pm

Mr Stratosphere wrote:This is super fascinating! Thanks for sharing!
It's amazing what the human race can do when we set our minds to it!

Robb, how would you describe the sound from the rocket as I am sure the video doesn't do it justice?



What I've been told is that it sounds pretty much like popcorn popping times a billion.

As a side note: I was incredibly confused until I realized that this was a trip report from April. I thought they had just launched another F9 after Thursday's "anomaly."

Macaroni and Donkey
 
Posts: 63
Joined: 05 Jun 2016
Location: Manhattan, NYC
Gender: Female

Re: NASA Social Trip Report - April 2016

Postby ObeyTheShihTzu! » Mon Sep 05, 2016 2:13 pm

So wonderful to see that the Space Program is still thriving and exciting so many people. When I was a kid, the main talk on the playground was Tang, the drink of Astronauts; and Space Ice Cream!!! (And, yes, almost forgot -- doing well in Math and Science. Poor ole me who loved English classes.) :lmao:

Thanks so much for sharing your very special NASA experience! What a great opportunity for us to 'take the tour' with you!

Alice

Online
Site Admin
User avatar
 
Posts: 46225
Joined: 01 Feb 2005
Location: Orlando, FL
Gender: Male

Re: NASA Social Trip Report - April 2016

Postby robbalvey » Mon Sep 05, 2016 3:10 pm

Vekoma Fan Boy wrote:
Mr Stratosphere wrote:This is super fascinating! Thanks for sharing!
It's amazing what the human race can do when we set our minds to it!

Robb, how would you describe the sound from the rocket as I am sure the video doesn't do it justice?



What I've been told is that it sounds pretty much like popcorn popping times a billion.

Whoever told you that has never heard a rocket launch, apparently!

Basically you just feel the most loudest "quiet rumble" you've ever heard. Like someone with the most impressive sub-woofer moved in to the unit above you. You can feel the sound throughout your entire body and it just keeps rumbling for a good 40-90 seconds until you can't see it anymore.

It's quite a cool and amazing experience. I'd love to be there when one of the rockets comes back down to produce a sonic boom!

Vekoma Fan Boy wrote:As a side note: I was incredibly confused until I realized that this was a trip report from April. I thought they had just launched another F9 after Thursday's "anomaly."

Yes, reading is very important. You learn so much when you read simple sentences! ;)

Jar-Jar Binks smells like Donkey
User avatar
 
Posts: 1299
Joined: 07 Jan 2006
Location: England
Gender: Male
Age: 32

Re: NASA Social Trip Report - April 2016

Postby Gutterflower » Mon Sep 05, 2016 3:55 pm

Love these pics and video. Thanks so much for sharing.

I've always been enthralled by the space program and have been pretty unlucky with my launches. I've been in Florida for 3 launches which was mostly by accident but we made the effort to be in the area on Launch day/night when we found out they were on when we were visiting Disney. all 3 ended up being delayed beyond the boundaries of the trips there so still haven't seen one. One day :)

I've recently applied for a couple of jobs at the European Space Agency to do with managing and interpreting geospacial data that comes back from their survey probes but the jobs are unbelievably over subscribed as you may expect. I've missed out and am waiting to hear about the other. I am not expecting to get anything but if you don't apply then you certainly won't. Shoot for the moon so to speak :p

I agree with the Atlantis exhibit as well. Its worth the admission alone.

I also really enjoyed the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston. They occasionally do tours of the pool astronauts use to train for missions and they have replica parts of the ISS under water which is fascinating.

Anyone managed to see the other orbiters? or visited the other centers? such as Goddard Space Flight Center and the Jet Propulsion Lab. i Know they have visitors centers and would love to hear from people who've been.

Does Jeff Johnson count this donkey as a credit?
 
Posts: 130
Joined: 14 May 2006
Location: Cape Canaveral, FL
Gender: Male

Re: NASA Social Trip Report - April 2016

Postby CoryPa77 » Wed Sep 28, 2016 12:19 pm

Vekoma Fan Boy wrote:
Mr Stratosphere wrote:This is super fascinating! Thanks for sharing!
It's amazing what the human race can do when we set our minds to it!

Robb, how would you describe the sound from the rocket as I am sure the video doesn't do it justice?



What I've been told is that it sounds pretty much like popcorn popping times a billion.

As a side note: I was incredibly confused until I realized that this was a trip report from April. I thought they had just launched another F9 after Thursday's "anomaly."


I've never heard the popcorn comparison, but it's actually pretty good for rockets with solid propellant. Falcon 9 rockets are liquid fueled launches, so they're much quieter than their solid counterparts. The Space Shuttle had *massive* Solid Rocket Boosters on it, so it gave off a very loud and crackling sound. Some Delta IV and Atlas V rockets today can have some solid boosters on them in certain configurations.

I don't always seduce Donkeys, but when I do I use classy Champagne!
User avatar
 
Posts: 2673
Joined: 12 Apr 2006
Location: Malmö, Sweden
Gender: Male
Age: 28

Re: NASA Social Trip Report - April 2016

Postby _koppen » Wed Sep 28, 2016 6:10 pm

Don't know how I missed this thread, but I am extremley jealous. Space rockets is one of my top interest and a tour like this is high on my bucket list.

Seriously, I would probably go to Kennedy space center straight out of the airport and then afterwards go to the Orlando parks.
No. 1 Water Park guy!
The Megalite is *the* roller coaster of the world! (after finally riding Expedition Geforce I'll admit it was pretty awesome as well!)
Image

Next

Return to Theme Parks, Roller Coasters, & Donkeys!

Who is online

Users viewing this topic: No registered users and 0 guests

These pages are in no way affiliated with nor endorsed by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Cedar Fair, Legoland, Merlin Entertainment,
Blackstone, Tussaud's Group, Six Flags, Universal Theme Parks, the Walt Disney Company or any other theme park company.

All onride photos and videos on this website were taken with the permission of the park by a professional ride photographer.
For yours  and others safety, please do not attempt to take photos or videos at parks without proper permission.

Disclaimer!  You need a sense of humor to view our site, 
if you don't have a sense of humor, or are easily offended, please turn back now!
Most of the content on this forum is suitable for all ages. HOWEVER!
There may be some content that would be considered rated "PG-13."
Theme Park Review is NOT recommended for ages under 13 years of age.

cron