The misadventures of Commander Merlin and the crew of RV-103
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April 21st, 2010 Back on the Road Towards Home.

We finally packed up from our nice rest just outside of Houston and continued our re-entry back home.  It had been a nice break from traveling,  and we really did enjoy the campsite we were staying at, but it was time to press on.

Stennis Space Center Visitor Center

Not long after we started our journey that day we found ourselves crossing the Mississippi state line we stopped at the rest stop near Stennis Space Center.  Stennis is where they test the Space Shuttle main engines.  Most of the employees I understand have been laid off due to the Shuttle Program ending, but they still conducted tours.

Unfortunately, we arrived too late to take a tour, but I did get a nice picture of their Visitor Center Building and a mock up of the Lunar Module at the rest stop.  That’s a shame for I would have enjoyed seeing the facility.

Lunar Module Mockup at Stennis Space Center Rest Stop

Below is a picture of me with one of the three Space Shuttle Main Engines prior to installation on a shuttle for flight and a External tank that fuels those engines.  One turbo pump on the Space Shuttle Main Engine can empty a olympic size swimming pool in about 25 seconds  The External Tank holds liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen and the shuttle’s three main engines will empty that big boy in less than 8 minutes.

One of the three Space Shuttle Main Engines that go on a Space Shuttle
Greg and ET Tank in VAB 04-18-2006

To the folks at Stennis Space Center, job well done and thank you for your commitment and dedication to our Shuttle Program.

We proceeded on and ended up staying at Martin Lake Resort in Biloxi Mississippi for the night using our Passport America discount.

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