Saturday, April 14, 2007

Yuri's Night

On 12 April 1961, Yuri Gagarin blasted off the launch pad in Baikonur at 9:08 AM local time. His call-sign for the flight was "Cedar." Sergei Korolev, the Program's Chief Designer, would call from the ground, "'Dawn' calling 'Cedar.'" Gagarin made his historic 108 minute flight (orbiting around the whole Earth once) and parachute landed near his Vostok 1 capsule in the plains of Russia. This flight made him the first human to orbit the Earth and an international hero. Yuri was only 27 years old. This is the entrance to NASA Ames!

Woah! What's in this thing? Ever see this thing off the 101?

So my boss Paul had an extra ticket and since I was able to score some rides, I was in! Sounds weird. Sounds cool! Poor Chris was on will-call and had to wait in this line. When we left around 10:30pm, (Chris stayed for the whole event (till 6am!!!)) the line was about 50% longer and 2 times thicker. Altogether, by the time all the people got in, there were probably 1000 attendees.

Space Sculpture!!!

SPACE BUS (not really)!!!



This guy is actually playing an asteroids like game with his mind! Awesome! Later in the evening, they were flying around in what looked like google Earth with brain power.

Chakrameter Buddha sculpture. It gave you a magic eight ball or Zultar like fortune reading.

Space Harp?

Chris exclaims: "Coolest projection screen ever!"

Space... Box?

Funny enough, after this some guy came up and felt compelled to see if the turbines still spun. And out came a moth! Haha.


Space Emblem.

and Space Music. till 6am.


ibm said...

"Whats in this thing".
Currently nothing.
Its closed due to toxic chemical pollution.
Its been there since 1932 or so.
It was an airship ( USS Macon IIRC ) hangar.

ibm said...

Its a 1932 vintage airship hangar designed for one of the US Navy's flying aircraft carriers. The wreckage of the occupant is somewhere off Big Sur.
The building is called Hangar One and is currently closed because of toxic chemicals under the slab on which it was built.

Anonymous said...

Picture captions are too tiny to read.

Nat said...

Increase your font size. Ctrl ++