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May 1, 2014 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Toy box Jumble? Plenty of Space.

“It’s going to rain. Get out there and pick up those toys!”

“Company’s coming. What will they think?”

(Maybe WOW! Cool stuff? Can we play at your house?)

They are hustling. A controlled chaos

Sorting and grouping the components of the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, Boeing N905NA, right along side the replica shuttle.

Shuttle replica getting a facelift at JSC/Space Center Houston

“Oh, SCA! Little Shuttle replica here! Thank goodness you’ve arrived safe and sound. It’s OK to drop some stuff over by me. Your landing gear fit right in with a little rock and rolling.” (This little display shuttle has always a little timid around the big guys) “This is some kind of spa for space vehicles – and their friends…I wouldn’t presume. Grateful to be included…I don’t take up much room. Take all the space you need.”

No grass growing under those wheels. Ready to kick them off anyway.

Just awkward. (And everyone raves about how comfy their Crocs are. These, just tires.)

Not quite a fit although required for this last journey

NASA's Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft waiting in parking lot at Space Center Houston

Peek-a-boo, little shuttle. SCA right over here behind the trees in the main parking lot. We are wing to wing…almost..if I still had my wings on…
(Is it just me, or does it look an awful lot like the Oscar Mayer Wiener Mobile? )

Not that these giant Tinkertoys will be damaged by a little drizzle.

It just looks messy there at the front door.

And taking up most of the parking lot at Space Center Houston today.

But you can walk in and check on the progress of both the facelift of the Shuttle replica from Florida and the newly arrived Boeing 747, N905NA, that carried the Shuttles piggyback around the country.

Shuttle transporter components scattered everywhere

SCA components scattered everywhere. The giant wings are already moved back to the assembly area. The rear stabilizers are waiting their turn.

Crews are muscling parts of Shuttle Carrier Aircraft off the transport trailers.

Working as hard as ants moving an apple slice.

It’s one giant puzzle.

Huge Erector set-like components still arriving on big trucks from Ellington Field.

So many accessories! (Predictable for celebrated diva.)

By the end of the day, each part will be checked in and neatly organized beside the Space Center Houston buildings.

Space Center Houston design for the SCA shouldering the shuttle replica. Eight stories tall, there will be elevators as well as stairs with multiple platforms to allow visitors to enter both vehicles

Here’s the plan. The SCA shouldering the shuttle replica. Eight stories tall, there will be elevators as well as stairs with multiple platforms to allow visitors to enter and explore both vehicles.

Boeing workers will start resembling the N905NA transport shortly.

Target time period is 44 weeks? Warp speed.

Meanwhile , the two space club flight members can chat.

Will step back and let them do that.

Who needs words?

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Who's nosy? Does it show I was designed by eggheads?

Who’s nosy? Does it show I was designed by eggheads? (Aircraft are flighty – what a sense of humor) Like the windshield wipers? Adds a bit of attitude, don’t they?

Another post about the SCA’s trip home: “She ain’t heavy. OK, she is.”

And not to be outdone, the shuttle replica wants equal time.

(SCA assures the little one there are links to her story in the one above.)

Those are the doors visitors will use once they get off the elevator and cross a platform. You can see guys on the tail fin working

Ready to open wide and say aaaamazing! Those are the doors visitors will enter after exiting the elevator and crossing a platform. Several guys are working high on the tail fin. (See the stop sign? Wonder if she picked that up as a souvenir during her trip down Nasa Rd 1? Teenagers are so impulsive.)

There are other space vehicles and planes on the grounds.

Here’s an Apollo Spacecraft.

A watery landing. Shaped rather like a sailor's hat. Air. Water. Not so different? We are on the lake and near the gulf where there lots of marinas..no, silly. No influence at all with those early explorers...

A watery landing. Shaped rather like a sailor’s hat. Water. Air? Not so different. Here we are close to the lake and near the Gulf. Lots of marinas, boats and ships of all shapes, sizes, and types…No, silly. No influence at all from the environment or those early explorers…

OK, Here’s the basic tourist shot…

There’s usually lines of them waiting to pose.

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Can’t help it.

It’s like a puppy in the pet store wagging tail – desperate to be chosen.

Willing you to love it.

Who could resist that little Shuttle Replica face?

There's going to be some surprises waiting. Ya'll come back now!

See you! Wanna play? Some excitement going to be here soon. Ya’ll come back now, hear?

 

 

13 Comments

  1. sportsattitudes / May 1 2014 10:52 pm

    My wife was stopped at an intersection a few years back and what appears crossing through in the opposite direction but the Oscar Mayer Weiner Mobile. By far it was big “dog” on the highway that day…needing plenty of space. Not outer space..since it was traveling in the inside lane.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 1 2014 11:51 pm

      That Weiner Mobile shows up here once in a while – but never seen it in person. Can’t imagine what it would be like to pull up next to it in traffic. What an experience. Thanks for packing up that story to share here

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  2. Paul / May 2 2014 12:23 am

    Ya know I sometimes pee on American society for the guns and money, and poor social support plans, etc, but boy you really know how to set up an impressive display of technology. I used to haul OD (over-dimensional) and what it takes to do what they are pictured doing is so complex it is unbelieveable. No one but you guys would even attempt it, let alone make it look easy.I’ve had the honor of seeing other humungous dispays of tech in the US like the nuclear submarine that was run inland in New Hampshire and set up as an attraction with tours. They literally dug a canal inland, moved the submaine and filled the canal back in. Or the naval museum in Philadelphia with so many naval ships open for tours that it boggles the mind.

    I saw the shuttle and carrier together a few times in real life at Edwards AFB and Kennedy Space center.They are unbelievable together. It makes the mind boggle that that huge machine actually flies.Most buildings aren’t that big. It is so neat that the public will soon be able to tour the combination. Congratulations go out to all the women and men who are making this possible

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 2 2014 1:06 am

      You’ve seen them. Impressive is an understatement. Seeing them fly is magic…brain just can’t believe it.
      Following/watching the moving of both these vehicles has been fascinating – the some of the trailers were driven by a man with a joystick. Rows and rows of wheels – as many as caterpillar has legs – each one able to angle and change directions. And trailers with sides that can raise or lower as needed independently of each other. Complex machines and technology – what an elegant dance. Robots and all these new machines – it’s a new exciting world.
      The space program and the people involved may have started out as the “Great Space Race”, but most involved came to see it as a great advance for all mankind. Perhaps something that would finally unite us all. Dreamers.
      Thanks for gearing up such a great comment. Fit perfectly

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  3. shoreacres / May 2 2014 1:26 am

    Your mention of the man with the joystick reminds me of some parallels with the crane guys who untangled the mess at Lakewood after Ike. They could work those machines with the delicacy and precision of a surgeon. It’s just amazing to watch – especially when it’s in the service of a great project like this.

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  4. Bongo / May 2 2014 7:50 am

    Do they offer dog tours of that egg face?

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 3 2014 8:09 pm

      Doggone it – don’t know. Seen military and service dogs over there. (We’re worried Molly would try to pick up a souvenir, so she isn’t getting too close…We don’t like the way she looked at those landing gears and stabilizer fins during the move. Yes, she goes everywhere. So she’ll keep you posted.) Thanks for running along this route

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  5. Ally Bean / May 2 2014 1:28 pm

    I love the font on the Space Center sign. [Perhaps not the point of your post, but I feel the need to say this.] Coolness.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 3 2014 8:10 pm

      They did do a great job with the logo and signs – Maybe that’s why so many people are always lined up to get pictures? Thanks for flying a comment over

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  6. Sun / May 3 2014 11:40 pm

    cool, and say, if Molly and Bongo go, i’ll tag alongside…in need of some fun adventure. 😛

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 4 2014 3:53 pm

      Right now there’s all sorts of stuff going on over there- and visitors of all sorts…(not sure why there’s a line of Camaro convertibles were all neatly parked in a row under the trees…kept looking for an “Amazing Race” flag or something. Couldn’t be astronauts, in the early days, those hot shot pilots traded their Corvettes because there wasn’t room for golf clubs…these cars don’t have much trunk space either.Must be a car club meeting or something) Molly says she’ll dig up some fun for everyone! Thanks for parking a comment

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  7. Sun / May 3 2014 11:42 pm

    by the way…you may want to check that link over to “She ain’t heavy. OK, she is.” it links to this story…lol 🙂

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