|Le Pas de tir 41 de l'armée de l'air américaine. A droite, Atlas dans sa tour. A gauche, la tour de lancement|
avec ses quatre paratonnerres. - Photo : rke
Cela dit, la fusée Atlas fête aussi son Tanksgiving. Toujours cloîtrée dans son hangar, je l’attends ce vendredi matin poindre le bout de son nez pour aller à son pas de tir (photo) et la voir décoller aux premières loges.
|Atlas and the rover|
Curiosity (left) showed in
KSC Press Center.
- Photo : rke
NASA celebrates its Thanksgiving, too : the launch pad is empty
The Thanksgiving ? This celebration of Corpus Christi (« Fête Dieu » in Switzerland) is really an almost total shutdown of activities. Even NASA's famous widely. Everything is closed, including the press center, the US Air Force base and the NASA administration. Except the KSC Visitor Center that does not know a lot of crowds on that day off.... The restaurants are well filled with carefully tailored menus, in fact everyone does not miss his feast day. And some superstores are still open. In short, it's almost Christmas, but more commercial. What means this holiday for you? « It's simple : eat, eat and eat », consider a professionnal optician from Tampa, obviously happy to be soon leave.
However, the Atlas rocket celebrates its Tanksgiving, too. Always confined in his hangar, I expect it Friday morning point his nose to go to its launch pad (photo) and see its take-off to the front row, naturally !