Extras: A Space Shuttle, But Not

In July of 2017, we were lucky enough to spend some time in the United States, thanks to the generosity and hospitality of the Parker family. As a result, we got to visit awesome places like the Kennedy Space Center, the US Space and Rocket Center, and the National Air and Space Museum, all of which share the responsibility of being custodians to a full-sized (and in two out of three cases, flown) space shuttle orbiter. 

The US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, is home to Pathfinder. You can watch Pathfinder's story here:

Here are some bonus photos from Huntsville, Cape Canaveral and Washington D.C.:

I found a space shuttle -- Pathfinder at the USS&RC.

I found a space shuttle -- Pathfinder at the USS&RC.

Pathfinder mounted atop MPTA-ET and two filament-wound solid rocket boosters.

Pathfinder mounted atop MPTA-ET and two filament-wound solid rocket boosters.

Getting photo-bombed at Pathfinder.

Getting photo-bombed at Pathfinder.

The orbiter.

The orbiter.

The south end of a north-bound Pathfinder.

The south end of a north-bound Pathfinder.

The Saturn V rocket re-creation at Huntsville. Don't worry, there's a real one, too.

The Saturn V rocket re-creation at Huntsville. Don't worry, there's a real one, too.

No parking. Unless you're a space shuttle.

No parking. Unless you're a space shuttle.

Entrance to the USS&RC, with signage for two key exhibits: Pathfinder and the Saturn V.

Entrance to the USS&RC, with signage for two key exhibits: Pathfinder and the Saturn V.

The Saturn V in Huntsville. Fun fact: It was 117°F the day we visited. Fun, fun.

The Saturn V in Huntsville. Fun fact: It was 117°F the day we visited. Fun, fun.

The Apollo 16 Command Module.

The Apollo 16 Command Module.

I, too, like rockets.

I, too, like rockets.

A Saturn I-B at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

A Saturn I-B at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

I approve.

I approve.

I found JFK.

I found JFK.

I also found Atlantis.

I also found Atlantis.

Looking up Atlantis's skirt.

Looking up Atlantis's skirt.

Here's Discovery, OV-103, at the Udvar-Hazy Complex of the Smithsonian Institute, near Washington D.C.'s Dulles Airport.

Here's Discovery, OV-103, at the Udvar-Hazy Complex of the Smithsonian Institute, near Washington D.C.'s Dulles Airport.

While I didn't get to visit the shuttle Enterprise, OV-101 (which is on the Intrepid aircraft carrier in New York), I did get to see the USS Enterprise, NCC-1701, which is a perfectly acceptable substitute.

While I didn't get to visit the shuttle Enterprise, OV-101 (which is on the Intrepid aircraft carrier in New York), I did get to see the USS Enterprise, NCC-1701, which is a perfectly acceptable substitute.

Discovery.

Discovery.

I also found an A-12. In fact, I found many A-12s, SR-71s and variations thereof. These things are everywhere.

I also found an A-12. In fact, I found many A-12s, SR-71s and variations thereof. These things are everywhere.

Stay tuned for more videos relating to stuff we saw. There was much to see.

Extras: Unboxing the Past

The Australian Opal Centre has an amazing collection of opalised fossils (among many, many other things). In Unboxing the Past, Dr. Elizabeth Smith uncrates a collection of pieces donated to the Centre and demonstrates the amazing diversity of prehistoric life that existed in the area surrounding Lightning Ridge 110 million years ago.

Here are a few extra photos from behind the scenes:

Dr. Smith prepares to discuss the contents of the plastic crate.

Dr. Smith prepares to discuss the contents of the plastic crate.

Demonstrating the catalogue listing the items in the box.

Demonstrating the catalogue listing the items in the box.

Examining the spectacularly beautiful turtle fossils.

Examining the spectacularly beautiful turtle fossils.

And the incredible lungfish toothplate.

And the incredible lungfish toothplate.

Dino tooth.

Dino tooth.

Incredible lungfish toothplate.

Incredible lungfish toothplate.

The most spectacular turtle fossils on the planet.

The most spectacular turtle fossils on the planet.

More incredible turtle pieces.

More incredible turtle pieces.

Extras: Collarenebri - The Railway that Never Was

Collarenebri, a tiny town in northern New South Wales, was destined to have a railway station...until a local government decision put a stop to it, leaving the railway line stranded nine miles from the town. Here are some extra photographs relating to Collarenebri and Pokataroo railway station:

The remains of the buffer at the end of the Pokataroo/Collarenebri railway line.

The remains of the buffer at the end of the Pokataroo/Collarenebri railway line.

The earthworks beneath the old railway line is now home to rabbits.

The earthworks beneath the old railway line is now home to rabbits.

The base of the jib crane.

The base of the jib crane.

The jib crane base and old farmhouses in Pokataroo.

The jib crane base and old farmhouses in Pokataroo.

A tree grows up through the disused railway line. (2002.)

A tree grows up through the disused railway line. (2002.)

Some of the old lines have been plowed up, resulting in a tangled mess of steel. (2002.)

Some of the old lines have been plowed up, resulting in a tangled mess of steel. (2002.)

The remains of the buffer. This photograph is from 2002, before the wooden structure had rotted away and collapsed.

The remains of the buffer. This photograph is from 2002, before the wooden structure had rotted away and collapsed.

Track joint.

Track joint.

A nearby rail bridge.

A nearby rail bridge.

Pokataroo by night.

Pokataroo by night.