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Re: Crowded Sky: Boeing finds more room overhead

DrFumblefinger ·
I was aware that Boeing was working on this idea and it sounds like a real winner. A carry-on bag is almost a necessity for people who fly. Boeing deserves full credit and thanks from consumers for this innovation.
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Re: Crowded Sky: Boeing finds more room overhead

Travel Rob ·
The Dreamliner has a lot of overhead space compared to the planes I'v flown, so this will even be better!
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Re: Oct. 9, 2019: Space Needle at Night, Seattle, Washington

Travel Luver ·
Love the space needle!
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Re: Oct. 9, 2019: Space Needle at Night, Seattle, Washington

Samantha ·
I always enjoy seeing it while in the area, especially at night. Thanks for the comment and glad you like it too!
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Re: Really Effective Tips to Keep Working Even While Traveling

NnamAries ·
This sounds like a good way to get around working while traveling, also saves on the anxiety of missing out on work and all.
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Susan California ·
Absolutely right mate
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Re: Willis Tower and Our Skydeck Experience—Chicago

PHeymont ·
I haven't been on this one, but I have gone to a few, including Empire State and the old World Trade Center in NY. I always enjoy the view, but if there's an open observation area, I find myself with small chills and odd feelings in my legs as if I were going to fall...no matter how secure it is! So for me, it's the view plus a thrill ride!
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Re: Willis Tower and Our Skydeck Experience—Chicago

DrFumblefinger ·
I've been to the Hancock tower in Chicago, but not the Sears tower (I like that name better to). The views sure are spectacular. As for me, I'll admire the view without going into the skybox, thank you very much!
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Re: French town reaffirms tourism ban: No space travelers allowed

GarryRF ·
Another example of what wine - in excess - does to your brain.
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Re: Seattle, Washington — Airplanes, Coffee, Software and a lot of fun!

Dan Carter ·
I've only just recently relocated to the Northwest (I was hoping to be in Seattle but company changed my location), but I'm close enough to love it. One place I've been for one of the best meals ever is Ray's Boathouse. It was really great fish and right on the water at the edge of the city.
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Re: Seattle, Washington — Airplanes, Coffee, Software and a lot of fun!

DrFumblefinger ·
There's lots of great restaurants in Seattle, Dan. Thanks for sharing that one with us.
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Re: John F Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida

PHeymont ·
It seems impossible that it's over half a century since the first little grapefruit-sized satellites went up, and amazing that a program that seemed to move on constantly has become so dormant...as if personal computer development had rushed forward rapidly...and then stopped at Windows 95! I wonder what this will look like to historians in the distant future...
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Re: John F Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for the comment, PHeymont. Yes, it did seem thinks were working at warp speed in the 1960s, slowed down after that and have mostly come to a halt now. But there are still the great unmanned probes being launched (eg. Mars Rover), and the new Orion project promises to be quite exciting -- at least in its potential. It might be what takes man to Mars. I'd be happy just for a return to the moon. See how modern technology has changed the process of getting there.
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Re: John F Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida

GarryRF ·
I always thought that when rockets were fired from the launch pad, there were clouds of smoke to accompany it. I learned, on the tour, that a few seconds before launch a million gallons of water were released onto the launch pad to stop the heat of the rockets from melting the concrete base. So it was just creating some steam !
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Re: John F Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida

DrFumblefinger ·
The water serves mostly as a sound buffer (those huge rockets are really loud!). But the massive flooding of water actually does dissipate some of the heat as well. I was really fascinated by this place, GarryRF!
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Re: Giant Saturn V Rocket, Kennedy Space Center, Florida

vivie ·
Wow! Impressive!! looks like a great place to visit.
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #15. Seattle's Space Needle, enjoying the view of Puget Sound

PHeymont ·
Sure fooled me! I've been in parks bordered by high-rises where you'd never guess you weren't way out in the woods...but this is astounding!
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Seattle, Washington — Airplanes, Coffee, Software and a lot of fun!

DrFumblefinger ·
Seattle is a great city — a world-class travel destination!  Situated in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, it has much appeal as a several day (or even week-long) stop especially when part of a circuit through other great sites in...
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Travel to Where "Your Shadow Always Has Company"

PHeymont ·
Well, you can't actually visit the planet Kepler 16b; it's not even in our solar system. But graphic artists at the National Aeronautical and Space Agency (NASA) have made up dream travel posters for several "exoplanets" (planets that orbit other...
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Vienna: Try a walk on the ugly side

PHeymont ·
Think Vienna, and you usually come up with images of cafes with pastry and chocolate, of music and stately buildings...of maybe Harry Lime and The Third Man. But ugly? That's not usually in view.   But it's there, and a new walking tour for...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, April 23, 2015: The 1903 Wright Flyer, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington, D.C.

Ottoman ·
  I heard a joke once that said "Y'know the Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C.?  They actually have stuff in there!"  Case-in-point, the 1903 Wright Flyer.  Many reproductions of the Wright Flyer have been made, but this is...
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Space Shuttle Endeavour: Out of This World

Lestertheinvestor ·
  I recently had the chance to visit the Space Shuttle Endeavour , which is on exhibit at the California Science Center in Los Angeles.    There were 6 different shuttles as part of the Space Shuttle program (Enterprise, Columbia,...
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Selfies: not just selfish, but dangerous!

PHeymont ·
  If you're thinking that's a bit overblown, think again. Not only the relatively minor issue of having someone's selfie-stick stuck in front of you (or in your eye) but the danger to the subject of the selfie who may be oblivious to the dangers...
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The Space Race from the Soviet Side Displayed at London's Science Museum

Travel Rob ·
There's an exhibition at the London Science museum called Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age." It has technology that put the first dog, man and woman into orbit on display and most of it has never seen outside of Russia,   There...
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Crowded Sky: Boeing finds more room overhead

PHeymont ·
Or, in a way, less room overhead. By sacrificing two inches of headroom and making a few more tweaks, Boeing has created what it calls "Space Bins," overhead compartments for 737 that can take 6 carry-ons where 4 fit before. Alaska Airlines got the...
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Jan. 23, 2018: Project Mercury Exhibit, Titusville

DrFumblefinger ·
DrFumblefinger stumbles upon a nice tribute to the Project Mercury astronauts in the small east Florida town of Titusville.
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Merritt Island Wildlife National Refuge

DrFumblefinger ·
DrFumblefinger explores the right bird life at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in Florida, just north of the Kennedy Space Center.
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Space Shuttle Discovery, Air and Space Museum

DrFumblefinger ·
A visit to one of the four remaining and now long retired space shuttles, this one the Discovery. It's final home is the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum branch located in Virginia, the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.
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John F Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida

DrFumblefinger ·
  The  Kennedy Space Center  is one of my favorite attractions in the United States. It highlights some of the greatest technological achievements of our species and is testament to one of the most significant advances of human...
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French town reaffirms tourism ban: No space travelers allowed

PHeymont ·
What sounds like one of those weird laws turns out to be maybe a good publicity stunt, banning space invaders from a French wine village.
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Willis Tower and Our Skydeck Experience—Chicago

Samantha ·
A visit to Chicago's tallest building, with its spectacular new glass features, with Samantha.
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Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Merritt Island, Fl

Travel Rob ·
Travel Rob shares his visit to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida
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Really Effective Tips to Keep Working Even While Traveling

Susan California ·
This is not very surprising to work even during the trip you make for entertainment. A long-time trip can be boring sometimes and you cannot get a long-time vacation either so you have to keep working during these days. People make business trips and other vacations to work in that completely new place with a new community. This is not inconvenient either there are a lot of opportunities to make the working environment better. Sometimes, people make trips to find new jobs. This is another...
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Rockets and Wildlife on Florida's Space Coast

Stephanie Kalina-Metzger ·
Stephanie Kalina-Metzger shares a visit to Florida's 'Space Coast', with visits to the Kennedy Space Center and nearby Merritt Island.
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Oct. 9, 2019: Space Needle at Night, Seattle, Washington

Samantha ·
Samantha shares some night views of the iconic Space Needle in Seattle.
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Where Gumbo Was #15. Seattle's Space Needle, enjoying the view of Puget Sound

DrFumblefinger ·
 Seems Gumbo timed a visit to Seattle perfectly.  When Gumbo took the elevator up to the observation deck of the iconic Space Needle there was a thunderstorm passing through.  But after a cup of coffee (Seattle is well known for its...
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Paris to reopen Bastille column after 30 years

PHeymont ·
The tall column that stands in the Place de la Bastille as a memorial to past revolutions will be re-opened to the public .
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Airlines free to squeeze some more, Congress won't act

PHeymont ·
Congress has turned down an opportunity to require at least a minimum amount of seat space for airline passengers. Expect more squeezing!
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Rocket flights to nowhere available for booking on Kayak

PHeymont ·
The space-age equivalent of the old cruise to nowhere—sail out into international waters and return—is now available for booking on Kayak.com, at prices ranging from £63-80,000 for a 40-minute trip from Curacao to Curacao. The  flights are being offered by XCor, one of several companies competing for rich space tourists. Passengers, one per flight, will take off horizontally, go vertical on rocket power to about 40 miles up and then glide down in a 'slow' sightseeing...
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Lost in Space: Tourists stranded at top of Vienna wheel

PHeymont ·
Two tourists from Poland got an extra thrill on the Wiener Riesenrad, the giant Ferris wheel at Vienna's Prater amusement park: an attendant turned off the ride and went home, leaving them in the dark at the top of the 212-foot ride. The couple, last to board the ride near the end of the day, were still circling when the operator handed over controls to a colleague tasked with shutting down for the night. The new operator apparently did not know there were still passengers on board. At...
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The ultimate packing trick? It's in your socks...

PHeymont ·
Everyone has a favorite space-saving packing tip...but this may be the most amazing of all...
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Space tourist shares his travel snaps

PHeymont ·
British astronaut Tim Peake has been busy with his cameras on the International Space Station...you can see his snaps on an interactive map.
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Take Flight at The Museum of Flight in Tukwila, WA

Samantha ·
Samantha's husband shares pictures and a video from his wonderful visit to the Museum of Flight near Boeing in Seattle, Washington.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, April 23, 2015: The 1903 Wright Flyer, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington, D.C.

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for reminding me of this great museum, Ottoman! I think this was my favorite museum in D.C. I was astounded to see the rickety old Wright flyer on display and even more amazed that this was THE ORIGINAL, the very plane that the Wright brothers flew at Kitty Hawk -- the one that made history, flying over distance into a head wind. The Wright brothers were compulsive at documenting their findings, so it's not a surprise they would have kept the original plane. Other highlights of the...
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Giant NASA Christmas ornament

DrFumblefinger ·
Giant NASA Christmas ornament
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