Friday, February 16, 2018

TOURING THE JOHN C STENNIS SPACE CENTER AND WHAT WAS THAT SUDDEN LOUD NOISE BURSTING INTO THE BUILDING

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INSIDE THE JOHN C STENNIS SPACE CENTER
Despite being parked only a few feet from the Mississippi Welcome Center exit road we slept fine even with big 18 wheeler trucks gearing up going by.  Like cars some of those diesel bangers are nosier than others.
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CARS AND TRUCKS GOING BY ON THIS EXIT ROAD CAN BE DISTRACTING BUT WE MADE OUT OKAY
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I DIDN’T STRAY TOO FAR FROM MY FAN THIS AFTERNOON
Our day dawned under a gray cloud cover but how nice to step out first thing in the morning to warm temperatures.  Of course pay back will come for that later in the afternoon when the hotter air becomes sticky for me. 
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YES I DID USE THE HOT AND STICKY WORDS
Decided to take a travel break and stay put for the day.  The John C Stennis Space Center is right here close to the Mississippi Welcome Center so figured while we’re here I might as well go have me a looky see what that Space Center is all about.  Could have walked over except for a closed gate blocking a flooded walkway.  We drove the Motorhome around and parked in their huge parking lot.
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PARKED IN THE JOHN C STENNIS SPACE CENTER PARKING LOT FOR A FEW HOURS THIS MORNING
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MAIN ENTRANCE
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A ROLLS ROYCE TRENT 1000 ROCKET ENGINE
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THAT WHITE SPACE CAPSULE IS ACTUALLY THE ORION IMMERSIVE THEATER
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MOCK-UP OF INSIDE A SECTION OF THE SPACE SHUTTLE
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VERTICAL SLEEPING CHAMBER AT LEFT AND THE CENTERS 2 FLOOR OPEN CONCEPT AT RIGHT
The Center opened at 9 so of course I was there at 8:45 pounding on the door.  Okay, forget the pounding part but I was there early and it was open so luckily I was into the building about half an hour before the big noisy explosion happened.  The Stennis Center is very oriented to children with a lot of interactive exhibits.  This is a newer center still growing and with time I’m sure they will have more and more things added to make it even more interesting for adults. 
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GERMAN ROCKET SCIENTIST DR.  WERNHER VON BRAUN’S DESK AT LEFT AND BELOW
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THIS FRIENDLY STENNIS STAFF MEMBER EVEN HAS AN ALLIGATOR ON HER DESK WHICH I DIDN’T SEE UNTIL I EDITED THE PHOTO
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BIG CAFETERIA FOR STAFF AND VISITORS ALIKE….EVEN HAD BURGS
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This is an open concept building and I was up on the second floor taking some photos of the floor below when all of a sudden there was this rush of exaggerated noise coming from the lobby area.  It welled up onto the second floor rebounding off the walls and ceilings.  The noise was a high pitched squealing and shrieking and I instantly knew exactly what had happened.  I had seen the line of school buses pulling in about 10 minutes earlier.  By the sounds of the hollering and yelling I easily estimated about 847,352 kids had come bursting through the main doors into the building all at the same time and  the manic little Aliens were running amok everywhere.  That was it for me and I had to quickly get myself out of there.
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NO PEACE AND QUIET OUTSIDE EITHER
Making my way back down to the first floor I somehow managed to escape the building unhurt.  If I thought quiet refuge was waiting outside I was sadly mistaken.  There was another 300,000 yellers and screamers outside!!  Made my way to the far end of the parking lot where our Motorhome was parked and took a break. 
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‘OH DAD YOU ARE LOOKING SOOOOO STRESSED, DID YOU SEE A BUNCH OF SCEAMING KIDS OR SOMETHING’’
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YES PHEEBS THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT I SEEN AND HEARD AND I AM NOW FRAZZLED!!
I had signed up for a bus tour of the Stennis Space Center’s big rocket engine test sites so I was the first one to the bus at 10:50 to get the best seat, which I did.  I was absolutely mortified to think that the bus might fill up with screaming kinds but luckily it was just a bunch of slow moving Seniors like myself.
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MY FIRST RIDE ON AN OFFICIAL NASA VEHICLE
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LOOKS LIKE THIS ROCKET IS POWERED BY A FORD F650 ENGINE
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I HOPE WE CAN REACH THE MOON IN THIS
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LOOKS LIKE WE HAVE OUR CREW ABOARD
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AND THIS HERE’S OUR BUS DRIVER GUY
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SOME OF THE ROCKET ENGINES AND PARTS ARE SO HUGE THEY CANNOT BE TRANSPORTED BY ROAD SO THEY COME IN ON BARGES UP THIS CANAL
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THIS WAS THE MAIN TEST FACILITY BACK IN IT’S DAY FOR THE BIG SATURN 5 ROCKET ENGINES
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SPOTTED SOME MILITARY TYPE PERSONEL
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The bus driver was also the tour guide pointing things out as we drove through a couple security gates into the Space Center proper.  There are branches of 5 Universities in here, and the center employs about 5,000 people and it has it’s own infrastructure.  Gas stations, restaurants, garages, fire department, medical center, etc.  The Stennis Center is the second largest Nasa facility covering a total of 215 square miles.  Florida’s Kennedy Space Center covers 230 square miles.
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HAD TO CLEAR A COUPLE SECURITY GATES
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THIS FOOTBALL FIELD SIZED ROCKET ENGINE TEST TOWER WAS LAST USED JUST TWO WEEKS AGO
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AND IT’S BEING EXPANDED
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THREE OTHER ENGINE TEST FACILITIES
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The bus tour lasted about 35 minutes and we were back to the Stennis Space Center’s main building.  A/C had been going full bore on the bus so when I stepped off out the bus door I was nearly bowled over by the hot Mississippi  air.  It was a warm walk over to the far end of the parking lot to where the rig was.  Kelly had the door and all the windows open with a nice breeze flowing through.  She had done a lot of cleaning.
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H-1 ROCKET ENGINE ON THE RIGHT
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NAVY SEAL TEAMS TRAIN HERE AT THE STENNIS CENTER AS WELL….THE U.S. NAVY HAS A BIG FOOTPRINT HERE IN THIS COMPLEX
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EVEN SAW MYSELF AN ALLIGATOR CRUISING AROUND OUTSIDE
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FIRST STAGE OF A MASSIVE SATURN 5 ROCKET
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PLANS ARE TO REFURBISH AND RESTORE THIS SATURN 5 FIRST STAGE ROCKET IN IT’S OWN BUILDING
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SURE LOOKS LIKE A LOT OF COMPLICATED STUFF GOING ON THERE
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I WALKED UP AND TAPPED ON THE SIDE OF THIS THING AND THE STEEL HULL DIDN’T SOUND TOO THICK
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AND THAT IS A SATURN 5 ROCKET TAKING OFF AND THE SECTION I TOOK PHOTOS OF TODAY IS ONLY THE BOTTOM THIRD OF THE WHOLE ROCKET
No overnighting at the Stennis Space Center so we pulled the slides in and headed back over to the welcome center area with fingers crossed our Thursday overnight spot would still be empty.  It was, so that’s where we still are having decided to stay a second night.  No idea if we’ll stay a third night or move on Saturday morning.

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GROANER’S CORNER:(( A Chinese guy goes into a Jewish-owned establishment to buy black bras, size 38.  The Jewish store keeper, known for his skills as a businessman, says that black bras are rare and that he is finding it very difficult to buy them from his suppliers.
Therefore, he has to charge $50.00 for them.
The Chinese guy buys 25 bras.  He returns a few days later and this time orders fifty.  The Jewish owner tells him that they have become even harder to get and charges him $60.00 each.  The Chinese guy returns a month later and buys the store's remaining stock of 50 and this time for $75.00 each.  The Jewish owner is somewhat puzzled by the large demand for black size 38 bras and asks the Chinese guy
'Please tell me What do you do with all these black bras?'  The Chinese guy answers: 'I cut them in half and sell them as skull caps to Jewish men for $200.00 each.' ... and this is why the Chinese own us!  Business is Business.
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I work in a busy office, and when a computer goes down it causes quite an inconvenience. Recently one of our computers not only crashed, it made a noise that sounded like a heart monitor.  "This computer has flat-lined," a co-worker called out with mock horror. "Does anyone here know how to do mouse-to-mouse?"
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14 comments:

  1. Very interesting! Enjoyed the tour.

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  2. Great post, I go for all that space stuff. Have you ever toured the Udvar Hazy museum located near Dulles airport? That is near Washington DC.

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  3. Thank You Al. That was a great tour of the NASA site. That mighty complicated area of the F-1 pic is the turbo pump. The giant pipes carry kerosene and those little pipes are going in small and coming out bigger from heat exchanger loops inside the turbo pump exhaust. One takes liquid oxygen and turns it into vapor to pressurise the oxygen tank and the other one uses liquid nitrogen and turns it into vapor to pressurise the fuel tank. The tanks are thin walled and would collapse otherwise.

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  4. Pretty neat!! Great shots Al...Love that rocket stuff. Thanks for the tour and an idea that we'll drop in there on our way back next month.
    Al think about popping over to Cape Canaveral when you are in Florida, and do the tour there. They have an entire Saturn V there on its side in a building. The scale is mind boggling as you got a taste of at Stennis.
    Good luck blasting off in the morning.

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  5. I'll definitiely out the Stennis Space Center on our list of places to see.
    Wouldn't it be great to see them test fire on of those rocket engines? WooHoo!

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  6. Thanks for the tour Al. We stayed there a year ago with the intention of doing the tour except the next day was Sunday and they were closed. Now we will have to go back and see it, maybe just not on a school day. Safe Travels.

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  7. Very interesting looking place - aren't humans clever. Hope this isn't too personal, you have really nice hair Al.

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    1. Thankyou Sandy, and I grew it all by myself too:))

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  8. Nice tour thanks for taking us along glad you managed to survive the onslaught of screamers.

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  9. It is very geared to children and they seem to invade often. I thought the tour was interesting when we took it but like you once the kids start invading it's time to find the door. The building just isn't big enough to get away from the excited voices. Glad you enjoyed your visit.

    Safe travels.

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  10. A very cool post for such a hot day!

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  11. We had such a great time at the Stennis Center during our Mississippi visit - and were lucky to visit on a day with almost no other people! We also didn't do the bus tour so I'm glad you shared so many pics of the additional sights.

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  12. I thought someone else would comment on your picture names. I am thinking it was humor as you kept it going. The RR Trent 1000 is possibly the worlds largest high efficiency 3 spool high bypass turbofan. It powers the Boeing 787 and 90% of the thrust comes from those cool looking blades in front. A british Concord SST would exactly fit through the fan, less wings and tail. I think that was RR engineers humor. The Ford engine joke was great also. Amazing you saw and took pics and still had the energy to make a great post after a hoard of school kids.

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  13. Your pictures are so good it is as if I went on the tour as well. Been by there a bunch, but always having to get somewhere between Kissimmee and now Salem OR. Thank you.

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