Launch of GLAST, June 2008 - Page 1 of 2

Kennedy Space Center, Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral, FL

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Launch of the Delta II Heavy - KSC 6/11/08 12:05 EDT
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June 3 - First evening dinner at the Mango Tree
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June 4 - the waiting starts - Peter Michelson (GLAST P.I.) after registration at the KSC
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Peter and Pierre at the KSC
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The Large Asssembly Building at KSC
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Shuttle launch platform
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Saturn V exhibit
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Apollo Lunar Excursion Module (LEM)
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Space Shuttle exhibit and launch simulator
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Second day's dinner
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June 5 - the waiting continues - we visit EPCOT
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Nolan Gasser and family join us
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Jovially surviving fast food at EPCOT
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Peter and his sister Christine on an EPCOT ride
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That evening, SLAC Director Persis Drell organized a great rocket launch beach party
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The four judges of the rocket launch competition
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Peter delivers the Special Mention Prize
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The contestants - all first prizes - and judges
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June 6 - Pre-launch breefing at the KSC
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The Colonel gives a rousing opening statement
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Steven Ritz - GLAST Project Scientist
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That evening the launch (to come) is celebrated at the General Dynamics/Stanford party
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Persis Drell talks of SLAC's development and building of the LAT
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Nolan Gasser gives a synopsis of his GLAST Prelude premiered that evening
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See & listen to the GLAST Prelude here!
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Nolan signs GLAST Prelude DVDs for admirers
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Pierre, Nolan, Steven, Peter in front of the GLAST model at the party
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June 8 - more waiting - we check out the Florida manatees
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Manatee breaching
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June 9 - more waiting - we check out the Florida alligators and birds
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Rigi, Pierre, and Isabelle Grenier (SACLAY) on the noisy air boat
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Alligator peeking
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Juvenile alligator
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Another lovely dinner with the group
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The rocket is fuelling(!) and so are we
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June 10 - the launch is tomorrow! (we hope)
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DOE GLAST Program Manager Kathy Turner and daughter Amy
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