It’s your weekly Photo Gallery! Come on in, take a look at what people have been up to over the past week and share some of your own photos.
They don’t need to be taken with a fancy camera or works of art. Share any SFW photos you’ve taken with even the poorest of potatoes. Of course we love to see that arty stuff too.
I found out about the Apollo 11 film a few weeks ago and reeeeeally wanted to see it. Decided to make a day trip out of it and drove to the Air & Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy facility and see some planes while I was at it.
Whoever designed the entrance to this place deserves an award.
First things you are greeted by are the SR-71 Blackbird with the space shuttle Discovery in the background. hoo-boy
I found out this week talking to people at work that the Blackbird is maybe not as well known as I thought. If you’re unfamiliar, it’s a big fast reconnaissance jet from the 60's that is still the fastest plane by some margin.
If a surface-to-air missile launch were detected, the standard evasive action was simply to accelerate and outfly the missile.
Discovery was the thing I wanted to see the most, so I left that one for last and walked the rest of the facility before I spaced out.
Besides the Blackbird and Discovery I didn’t really know what this place had in inventory. The aircraft built during World War 2 are some of the most beautiful planes to ever fly and I figured there’d be a number of examples. I did not expect that big shiny plane in the background there.
That’s the B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay.
The B-29 is a gorgeous plane. However, being so close to this one was chilling.
Some detail from a Sikorsky JRS-1.
This one was at Pearl Harbor and one of the ones sent out to look for the Japanese fleet after the attack. These were used for mail runs and day to day things so they had no weapons and were slow. Not a good combo for seeking out an enemy fleet.
Then to the stuff I was the most excited for. SPACE STUFF!
Unused Mercury capsule Freedom 7 II
I still haven’t caught my breath.
The fact they didn’t clean or restore this in anyway was an inspired decision. Getting to see the years of wear from going to frikkin space and fireballing it back to the surface really makes you appreciate what it accomplished.
I spent a good hour staring in awe at this thing.
NASA is incredible. It’s great that companies like SpaceX are doing well and reinvigorating interest(this will always be one of the coolest things ever), but a commercial operation needs to make money and in ways will be restricted by that. NASA just wants to explore and know, and that’s a pretty great thing.
Discovery doing her thang
Oh. And go see Apollo 11 if you can. It’s incredible. :)