I took this picture about a month ago, and then promptly forgot about it. Our city put a bunch of these flags up. I have no idea where the bee theme came from. There are no other bee related items here that as far as I have seen. It is kind of a cute sign though.

Sorry for the long delay. This time we have been really busy rather than our usual reason of being too boring.

Terri had to spend a few days in Atlanta for training with her new company’s computer systems. I tagged along to spend some time at the Southeastern Region National Archives. They have various materials from Kennedy, Marshall, and a few other NASA locations. I did not know what I was doing, so the first day they brought me four random boxes of Marshall documents. One box was full of data collected during the investigation into Apollo 13. That was a lot of fun to read through. Not all of the information was as interesting though. Another of the random boxes contained monthly updates to various schedules for projects at Marshall. The books were comprised of charts showing the duration of each individual task.

The next day I learned how to research which boxes might contain information I am interested in. The picture below shows my work area with some different boxes. In the background are indexes of the documents stored at this location. Unfortunately, they are not very detailed. Most of the NASA items are shown with the storage identification codes that NASA used, and the archives has their own organization system. To make matters worse, they usually will only know the contents of a box if the office included a list with the original shipment. They are trying to generate new lists, but that is a slow process being conducted by volunteers that generally do not understand what the contents of the documents mean.

I was able to find some interesting items relating to the Saturn 1B, of which I am building a scale model. The picture below shows a foldout section in a manual describing how they transported the Apollo capsule to the launch pad and attached it to the rocket.

The picture below shows the largest document I found. It is a diagram of a movie camera that was placed on test flights of the Saturn 1B rocket. I would guess it was about four feet by six feet in size.

I was not able to look at the photographic archives. They are stored as negatives in a special, environmentally controlled area. It generally takes a few days to bring them down to room temperature. Hopefully I will return at some point in the future to browse through them.

Overall it was an educational and fun experience.