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Okay, this should be my last photo post. Here's a guide to all the others:


Mission Control and Docking with the Space Station, and the Stardust Lab.

Neutral Buoyancy Lab and the Antarctic Meteorite Collection Lab

More Mission Control photos

Building 9 and the Lunar Rover and the Shuttle Mock-up


This is the rest of Building 9, and the Lunar Viewing Lab, and Rocket Park:



This is the view from the commander's seat of the shuttle mock-up.

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ETA: Photos are back! Urge to kill Live Journal fading!

If the photos every reappear, here's a guide to my NASA VIP Tour photo posts so far:

Mission Control and Docking with the Space Station, and the Stardust Lab.

Neutral Buoyancy Lab and the Antarctic Meteorite Collection Lab

More Mission Control photos

Building 9 and the Lunar Rover and the Shuttle Mock-up

More Building 9, Lunar Rock Lab, and Rocket Park.

These two Facebook galleries should be public, so some of the photos are available here and here.
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These are photos of our adventures in Building 9, with the lunar rover, the shuttle and space station mock-ups, our adventures climbing around in the shuttle mock-up without falling or hitting our heads, and much more.

Star Trek fans, look carefully at the poster:




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That's all for now. At the con yesterday, we got to meet astronaut Stanley G. Love and see a presentation about his shuttle mission to the space station, and two space walks.

It's been a really excellent con.

NASA VIP Tour Post III

Saturday, June 25th, 2011 10:18 am
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A few more Mission Control photos:

From the Apollo Mission Control:



This is the Red Phone.

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From the new Mission Control:


Another view of the new mission control, while the ship was docking with the space station.

more )

More later. An astronaut is going to do a presentation at the con, with video of his shuttle mission. Then I'm doing my programming pretty much for the rest of the day.

Friday I had the Opening Ceremonies, plus:

8:00 PM Not So Happily Ever After - Alexis Glynn Latner (M), Derly Ramirez, Martha Wells, Rhonda Eudaly, Stina Leicht
On the real endings of fairy tales, origins, implications, etc.

Today it will be:

12:00 noon No WEMs Allowed: Multiculturalism Steampunk - Alexis Glatner, Kathy Thornton, Martha Wells, O.M. Grey (M), Mel White

1:00 Autographing

3:00 Guest of Honor interview

4:00 guest of honor reading


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NASA VIP Tour Post II

Saturday, June 25th, 2011 08:00 am
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We also toured the Neutral Buoyancy Lab, which has a giant (very giant) water tank, filled with mock-ups of the shuttle and the space station modules, where the astronauts train for space walks. And the Antarctic Meteorite Collection lab.





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I still have a lot of photos to go, and a lot more to talk about, but I need to get dressed and eat breakfast and go to the convention. Today I have my guest of honor interview and reading and a signing, and a panel. Plus, this is the one year anniversary of Night Shade Books making an offer for The Cloud Roads. So yay!

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NASA VIP Tour

Friday, June 24th, 2011 11:05 am
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As guest of honor at ApolloCon, I got to go on an all day VIP tour of NASA with my husband and editor goh Ann VandeMeer. It was incredible. We saw stardust in a lab. We saw an unmanned Russian supply ship dock with the international space station from Mission Control. We saw meteors recovered from Antarctica that came from asteroids, the moon, and Mars. We saw lunar rocks. We climbed in and out of the space shuttle simulator and I got to sit in the commander's seat. We saw them putting a module down in the giant (and I mean giant) water tank in the Neutral Buoyancy Lab. I really can't describe how awesome all this was.




For Stargate fans, this is where they keep an eye on Atlantis.


And Thor


That's Kwatsi Alibaruho, the first black flight controller. We did actually see him from the front when he walked in, but weren't fast enough to get a picture.


More photos under the cut: more photos )

I'll post more from the other labs and the shuttle simulator later.


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