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  •  A suggestion NellaSelim (5+ / 0-)

    use thumbnails, or at a minimum, put a warning in the title, about image intensive.

    •  Sorry, Ferris I will have to do that next time... (2+ / 0-)
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      Shadan7, gchaucer2

      I am just exhausted writing this diary.  Will update title. Thanks.

    •  Poppycock. They did not destroy the plans. (4+ / 0-)

      Paul Shawcross, from NASA's Office of Inspector General, came to the agency's defense in comments published on CCNet -- a scholarly electronic newsletter covering the threat of asteroids and comets. Shawcross said the Saturn 5 blueprints are held at the Marshall Space Flight Center on microfilm.

      The problem is not, and has not ever been, lack of Saturn 5 blueprints.  The problem is the supplier infrastructure that has been completely dismantled.  

      "The problem in recreating the Saturn 5 is not finding the drawings, it is finding vendors who can supply mid-1960's vintage hardware," he wrote, "and the fact that the launch pads and vehicle assembly buildings have been converted to space shuttle use, so you have no place to launch from.

      "By the time you redesign to accommodate available hardware and re-modify the launch pads, you may as well have started from scratch with a clean sheet design," he wrote.

      •  You are right and my apologies. I had read that.. (0+ / 0-)

        in a book. And yet again just recently that the original Saturn V plans were destroyed by NASA. Thanks for the info.

      •  I think it's hard for people to understand (1+ / 0-)
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        how much infrastructure is involved in creating enormous metal cylinders of the lightest possible weight, especially if you don't stand next to the equipment or have the experience of working with the fixturing necessary to support it and handle it without being damaged.

        Huge things with tiny tolerances are difficult to work with.

        And it's easy to say, "Well, just store it," but there's only so much storage space too. Plants are rebuilt to handle things they can produce for money.

        The pictures in this diary are wonderful, because they give a real sense of the scale of all the components.

        Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

        by elfling on Wed Jan 14, 2009 at 10:41:04 AM PST

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