Project Blackbox goes to Space Camp!
By pmonday on Feb 21, 2007
The tarp is remaining on the container as we can keep the inside a bit warmer for the tours. Huntsville was a chilly 32 degrees on the 16th (the average is 55), so the bright blue sky in the pictures is a bit deceiving. As you look at the pictures with the tarp on, remember that the container itself is only about half the length of the truck bed (20 feet).
Here is the coolest picture from the tour so far (even cooler than the ground cable and rod that I posted earlier). We have the back end of the Project Blackbox tour semi with the container parked in front of the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
In the picture, you see the rocket park located at the museum. The tallest of the rockets is a model of a Saturn V, "live" pieces of a Saturn V are also on display at the museum. There is the space shuttle "Pathfinder" (not a real shuttle, but the original mock-up used for all sorts of tests and simulations) mounted on a external fuel tank. Also in the picture is a Saturn I (actually, a Saturn Ib Modified).
Here is another slightly artsy shot of the semi, note the very nice outline of the truck in the reflection on the pavement.
Finally, here is a little Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon moment for you.
Queue the creepy music...Lea Thompson was born in Rochester, MN. Project Blackbox will be there on March 29th at the Mayo Clinic. I went to High School there, AND, I just ripped my vinyl Some Kind of Wonderful soundtrack (in which Lea Thompson also starred) to MP3. Ok, thank goodness I'm a blog author and not author for the official Sun Tour Event web site!
Ok, the immediate future looks like this. We are finishing up the Atlanta area today then moving into the Washington D.C. area. There are 2 tours that have registration buttons for on the event web site so make sure you sign up. The tours are definitely filling up fast!