This month at our monthly workshop (#36!) EVD was treated to yet another interesting event in the life space shuttle Endeavour as the orbiter was opened to remove her water tanks. Project manager Dennis Jenkins posted the following newsletter refereeing to this procedure:
Greetings from Los Angeles,
The International Space Station Program requested the potable water tanks from Atlantis and Endeavour for possible future use aboard ISS. The OV-104 tanks were removed in May; OV-105 gave up her tanks this week. Here are some photos of the operation. Mark Kelly (STS-134 CDR) and Drew Feustel (STS-134 MS3) made guest appearances while the ship was open. The removal has no affect on the outer mold line so nobody will ever know they are missing.
A great crew came from KSC to perform the work. They treated the ship with the care and respect she deserves.
CollectSPACE ran a nice article …
We are proceeding with the design of the new building and planning for stacking OV-105 with ET-94 and a set of boosters. Two years and counting …
This summer, volunteers have been meeting at the California Science Center several days a week to restore a Ranger spacecraft using parts from various unflown engineering models. The students, engineers, retirees and space enthusiasts (ages 18-80), are led by Bob Conover, the Assembly Manager on the Ranger Program at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory 50 years ago. Together they are carefully sorting, cleaning, painting and assembling a replica of Ranger 7 that will be displayed in the new Samuel Oschin Air & Space Center. The team is also documenting the project; check out #buildranger on Twitter, student Kat Heiden’s website with history and interviews
and photographer Curt Mason’s beautiful images.
The Ranger program was a series of unmanned missions in the 1960s that took close-up photographs of the Moon’s surface, eventually helping to determine the landing spot for Apollo 11. The spacecraft were designed to fly straight down toward the Moon and transmit images back to Earth until the moment of impact. A key milestone in the Space Race objective of getting Americans on the Moon, Conover recalls facing "lots and lots of pressure" to complete the Ranger Program. "It really was a race."