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Enterprise - Silent Auction

Posted: Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:53 am
by majtom7
I am hoping that someone here can give more detail about this:

Customizable Laser Cut Wall Hanging - Space Camp Shuttle Missions
Take home a piece of your past Space Camp shuttle missions! This customizable wall hanging is created from a piece of the vertical tail of our Space Camp Enterprise orbiter. Add your favorite orbiter name or years you attended Camp to personalize. Please allow 2-3 weeks for customization. [10 items are available] ... negrid.php

Is Enterprise going away? Why would it be ok to take pieces off the tail if not?

Re: Enterprise - Silent Auction

Posted: Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:05 pm
by blachwk
You beat me to the punch on this post and these specific silent auction items. If the Enterprise is going away, I am truly saddened. I am hoping that either the vertical stabilizer needed to be replaced due to damage or old age, or they are just phasing out the aft fuselage section to create space for additional simulators in the mission room but keeping the cockpit through payload bay.

Re: Enterprise - Silent Auction

Posted: Tue Jul 16, 2019 3:27 pm
by majtom7
From a post on Facebook:

The Tail and OMS pods were removed some time ago to make use of the space. I believe it helped add to the Mars base.

P.S. On one hand, I understand that there's only so much floor space. On the other hand, this change to the aesthetics of EVAs saddens me immensely. What's next? Removal of the entire payload bay? After all, how much can you do in a one hour mission? Besides, there's a weight limit on the arm.