The Space Shuttle External Tank can be broken down into three main parts; a small tank holding liquid hydrogen (LH2), a larger tank holding liquid oxygen (LOX) and an intertank which joins the two sections together.

     The LH2 tank shown in the photos is an early construction called the Ground Vibration Test Article (GVTA). This tank was fully assembled along with the LOX and intertank sections, and mated to the Pathfinder Orbiter (shown in a previous post, click here to view). This arrangement was placed inside the Dynamic Test Stand at NASA Marshall Space flight Center (shown in a previous post, click here to view) to test how the orbiter fit in the stand, which had just been expanded for the size of the shuttle. Then, the GVTA was mated to the Enterprise orbiter, and vibrated for hours to simulate launch.

     The GVTA is now stored at NASA Marshall Assembly Facility in New Orleans, Louisiana. I covered the LOX GVTA in a previous post (click here to view)

Thursday getting you down? Take a few minutes and watch Lilo swim her way back to health via the Texas A&M Turtle Facility’s  Turtle Cam!  This is my kinda meditation. 

(Source: houstonchronicle.com)

Welcome Lilo to Texas A&M University at Galveston’s"Turtle Cam," which monitors the small circular tank where Lilo glides around, occasionally eating shrimp and crab, for 24 hours a day. On Tuesday afternoon, 31 people were watching the stream, currently housed on Galveston.com, but soon to move over to the A&M’s website, as well. The stream has had more than 12,000 viewers.

A&M rehabilitates the turtles in the tanks like the one featured on the live stream. The turtles, most of which have spent time healing from illness or injuries at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Sea Turtle Facility in Galveston, a sort of sea turtle hospital, are put in the tanks and allowed to swim around until they regain their strength and grow less used to humans.

"We’re trying to get them back to their natural state where they’re fearful of people, or at least cognizant that this isn’t normal," said Dr. Kimberly Reich, marine research facility manager at A&M

Lilo, and another small turtle nicknamed Stitch, were washed ashore with this summer’s endless wave of seaweed. The two spent about a month at the sea turtle facility before moving over to A&M’s tanks late last week. They’ll stay there through the winter, Reich said.

In 2012, the Turtle Cam hosted its first star: Milagro, a turtle, who had suffered a cracked carapace, damaged lungs, a missing right front flipper and portion of his shell. The turtle, who had been found by a couple of fishermen, also had pneumonia.

A growing online following watched as a recovering Milagro swam around his tank. He was release the day after Memorial Day.



Se acuerdan hace unos meses, cuando les conté que había hecho Madeleines fallidas (aquí está el link del post)? Bueno, esta semana estuve con ganas de probar una nueva receta, para reivindicarme de la pasada experiencia. Y esta vez sí quedé muy contenta con el resultado final, por lo que hoy les comparto la receta que utilicé. Estas quedaron esponjosas, barrigonas, aromáticas, y muy suavecitas. ¡El pansito perfecto para una buena merienda!


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"You can point to anything here and I’ll tell you where it goes, and what it does. We’ve been called unsung heroes of the Aquarium. Most people up there have no idea what’s underneath them. I’ve always been interested in water. I’ve always loved the oceans. Water is my life. I wake up thinking about water.”

—Wayne Sperduto, facility systems supervisor



     Welcome to Building 115 at NASA Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, Louisiana. 115 is one of the newer buildings at Michoud, originally constructed to house assembly for the cancelled Constellation Program Ares Rocket. The large rings were used for the Ares. Now, 115 houses the Vertical Weld Center for our new SLS rocket, which will eventually take humans to Mars.

     The large blue and yellow machine is a robotic friction stir welder, meant to join curved panel sections (shown in the bottom two photos), creating barrel sections. A partially welded barrel section rests in the welder. These barrels will be joined together, creating the body of the core stage of the SLS. The panels and barrels shown in these photos, as seen on on June 30, 2014, are not flight ready components. These sections are confidence articles, and will be tested and studied to make sure the system is ready for flight article production.

Wolf People is an educational facility that was founded 21 years ago in 1993 by the owner, Nancy Taylor. 

Wolf People is located in the anti-wolf-majority state of Idaho. Our goal is to educate the public about the true nature of wolves. 

Wolf People has provided truthful, biological information to the public for the past 21 years through tours to the main facility, ambassador programs, events, and documentaries while impacting the perceptions of thousands of people. 

Follow the wolf tracks and find us on:

We appreciate your support,

- Wolf People

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Flight Facilities // Two Bodies (Ft. Emma Louise)

Reckless Tiger Cub Petting Zoo: Undercover Investigation at GW Exotic Animal Park

For approximately 4 months in the summer and fall of 2011, a Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) investigator worked as an animal caretaker at GW Exotic Animal Park (“GW”) in Wynnewood, Okla. where hundreds of animals – most of them dangerous exotics such as tigers, lions, bears, chimpanzees and other primates – are caged in barren conditions, bred to provide infant animals for public photo shoots and “play time” sessions and often cared for by workers who have little-to-no experience handling large carnivores or primates.

The HSUS investigation of GW revealed a commercial operation—that often seeks donations for “rescued” animals—that endangers both animals and the public along with possibly violating federal and state laws and regulations…

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