Launch pad 39B

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Comments (4)

Ryan Calhoun on March 8, 2008

It certainly is. Frustrating that the tour would not take us closer, but the launch pads and other sights at NASA were really wonderful to see. Cheers, Ryan

May M. B. (Swissmay) on March 19, 2008

I agree with Nicolas. Engineering is beautiful because it's for function. And there is a lot of brain working and skills of people behind it.

The famous Jean Tinguely, artist for machine sculptures opened the mind with his creations to the beauty of machines and how the wheels work perfectly well together.

The one above looks a bit like a duck carrying some heavy load. Sorry, Ryan, I can't help it! ;-) Your photos about technical things and engineering are great. I enjoy them very much.

Greetings, May

Ryan Calhoun on March 19, 2008

Thanks May! But a duck? Really? To me it's more like a penguin. :)

I just find it amazing that such enormous and complex structures were built here for a single purpose. That, with all we have learned, the most practical vehicle capable of leaving our atmosphere still can't achieve this feat on its own. The fact that all this supporting equipment is necessary is a testament to how difficult and dangerous these missions still are. Imagine someday being able to take off from your driveway in the morning for a lunch meeting on the moon, and not even needing to refill the gas tank before coming home.

Greetings, Ryan

May M. B. (Swissmay) on March 20, 2008

Maybe it's a conceited rooster, Ryan! ;-))

Yes, it really is amazing, thinking that we are technically able to get to the moon, but still as far as ever from solving our problems on our Earth. Besides I prefer to keep the moon in mind as our poetic friend than seeing it as a cold desolate lump of rocks. Like that I can enjoy its silvery surface whenever I want. As for the lunchmeeting, I will always prefer a picknick on our wonderful Earth. :-)

The only thing which could make me waver, is the wonderful sight of our Earth and the stars we could enjoy from the moon.

Greetings, May

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