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Ron Hipschman's Snapshots

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  1. Carboard Institute of Technology water tower

    Snapshot Title: Carboard Institute of Technology water tower
    Taken by: Ron Hipschman

    Image: "Sub-Terrain" at the Exploratorium
    Image Owner: Ron Hipschman



    Description:

    Part of "Sub-Terrain" at the Exploratorium



  2. The Exploratorium's booth at Maker Faire

    Snapshot Title: The Exploratorium's booth at Maker Faire
    Taken by: Ron Hipschman

    Image: Maker Faire 2010
    Image Owner: Ron Hipschman



    Description:

    The Exploratorium had a wonderful time this year at Maker Faire. We met thousands of wonderful curious people.



  3. Liquid-Fuel-Tank Barge

    Snapshot Title: Liquid-Fuel-Tank Barge
    Taken by: Ron Hipschman

    Image: Launch viewing area at Kennedy Space Center
    Image Owner: Ron Hipschman



    Description:

    This is a barge used to transport the giant expendable liquid fuel tanks for the shuttle (this is the big orange tank directly under the belly of the shuttle).



  4. Famous NASA Count-Down Clock

    Snapshot Title: Famous NASA Count-Down Clock
    Taken by: Ron Hipschman

    Image: Launch viewing area at Kennedy Space Center
    Image Owner: Ron Hipschman



    Description:

    The famous 60's era launch clock with your humble photographer.



  5. Launch Complex 39B

    Snapshot Title: Launch Complex 39B
    Taken by: Ron Hipschman

    Image: Launch viewing area at Kennedy Space Center
    Image Owner: Ron Hipschman



    Description:

    Launch Complex 39B with the Space Shuttle Endeavour from the press viewing area



  6. Launch Complex 39A

    Snapshot Title: Launch Complex 39A
    Taken by: Ron Hipschman

    Image: Launch viewing area at Kennedy Space Center
    Image Owner: Ron Hipschman



    Description:

    Launch Complex 39A with the Space Shuttle Atlantis from the press viewing area



  7. Vehicle Assembly Building

    Snapshot Title: Vehicle Assembly Building
    Taken by: Ron Hipschman

    Image: Launch viewing area at Kennedy Space Center
    Image Owner: Ron Hipschman



    Description:

    Vehicle Assembly Building from the press viewing area



  8. Fearless webcast crew

    Snapshot Title: Fearless webcast crew
    Taken by: Ron Hipschman

    Image: The Great 36 inch Refractor at Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton
    Image Owner: Ron Hipschman



    Description:

    Here are two of our webcasters preparing for the webcast which took place at 4:00 AM. For those interested, we used Wirecast software to switch video and encode the show for broadcast.



  9. 3-chip CCD camera

    Snapshot Title: 3-chip CCD camera
    Taken by: Ron Hipschman

    Image: The Great 36 inch Refractor at Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton
    Image Owner: Ron Hipschman



    Description:

    Generously loaned to us by Magnetic Images, this is what brought you the great shots of the Moon (but unfortunately no plume from the impact - not even the 200" Palomar reflector with adaptive optics ...



  10. Business end of the 36" refractor

    Snapshot Title: Business end of the 36" refractor
    Taken by: Ron Hipschman

    Image: The Great 36 inch Refractor at Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton
    Image Owner: Ron Hipschman



    Description:

    Here is where we mounted our tinyTV camera (which you can see if you magnify more...) to send our webcast of the moon out to the internet.



  11. Endeavor on Pad 39-B

    Snapshot Title: Endeavor on Pad 39-B
    Taken by: Ron Hipschman

    Image: STS-125 Space Shuttle Atlantis on Pad 39-A the evening before launch at sunset
    Image Owner: Ron Hipschman



    Description:

    The Hubble Servicing Mission 4 is not in an orbit that would allow it to use the International Space Station as a safe haven should something go wrong. Because of this, it was decided to have the Spac...



  12. Sound suppression water tower

    Snapshot Title: Sound suppression water tower
    Taken by: Ron Hipschman

    Image: Space Shuttle STS 125 inside RSS one day before launch
    Image Owner: Ron Hipschman



    Description:

    This tank holds 300,000 gallons of water that is sprayed beneath the shuttle at launch to keep the sound from damaging the orbiter and the surrounding structure. For scale, the water pipe leading down...



  13. Sound suppression water tower

    Snapshot Title: Sound suppression water tower
    Taken by: Ron Hipschman

    Image: STS-125 Shuttle Atlantis on Pad 39-A the evening before launch
    Image Owner: Ron Hipschman



    Description:

    This tank holds 300,000 gallons of water that is sprayed beneath the shuttle at launch to keep the sound from damaging the orbiter and the surrounding structure. For scale, the water pipe leading down...



  14. Vehicle Assembly Building

    Snapshot Title: Vehicle Assembly Building
    Taken by: Ron Hipschman

    Image: Space Shuttle STS 125 inside RSS one day before launch
    Image Owner: Ron Hipschman



    Description:

    Yes, the assemble the launch vehicles here.



  15. Sound suppression water tower

    Snapshot Title: Sound suppression water tower
    Taken by: Ron Hipschman

    Image: STS-125 Space Shuttle Atlantis on Pad 39-A the evening before launch at sunset
    Image Owner: Ron Hipschman



    Description:

    This tank holds 300,000 gallons of water that is sprayed beneath the shuttle at launch to keep the sound from damaging the orbiter and the surrounding structure. For scale, the water pipe leading down...



  16. Rotating Service Structure

    Snapshot Title: Rotating Service Structure
    Taken by: Ron Hipschman

    Image: STS-125 Space Shuttle Atlantis on Pad 39-A the evening before launch at sunset
    Image Owner: Ron Hipschman



    Description:

    This houses and protects the shuttle on the launch pad. It rotated out of the way a few hours before this photo, exposing the shuttle for viewing.



  17. Night shot of STS-125 Space Shuttle Atlantis

    Snapshot Title: Night shot of STS-125 Space Shuttle Atlantis
    Taken by: Ron Hipschman

    Image: STS-125 Space Shuttle Atlantis on Launch Pad 39-A at night
    Image Owner: Ron Hipschman



    Description:

    Night shot of STS-125 Space Shuttle Atlantis the evening before launch.



  18. Space Shuttle Atlantis

    Snapshot Title: Space Shuttle Atlantis
    Taken by: Ron Hipschman

    Image: STS-125 Shuttle Atlantis on Pad 39-A the evening before launch
    Image Owner: Ron Hipschman



    Description:

    Sitting on Pad 39-A a little less than a day before launch



  19. STS-125 on Launch Pad 39-A

    Snapshot Title: STS-125 on Launch Pad 39-A
    Taken by: Ron Hipschman

    Image: Space Shuttle STS 125 inside RSS one day before launch
    Image Owner: Ron Hipschman



    Description:

    A little less than one day before the launch of the Hubble Servicing Mission 4, we see the Shuttle Atlantis still shrouded in it's protective Rotating Service Structute (RSS) which is about to rotate ...



  20. Palace of Fine Arts Rotunda

    Snapshot Title: Palace of Fine Arts Rotunda
    Taken by: Ron Hipschman

    Image: Palace of Fine Arts (Rotunda)
    Image Owner: Ron Hipschman



    Description:

    Bernard Maybeck's beautiful Palace of Fine Arts Rotunda



  21. Living quarters

    Snapshot Title: Living quarters
    Taken by: Ron Hipschman

    Image: Black Island, Antarctica
    Image Owner: Ron Hipschman



    Description:

    Here's where the resident staff lives. Note the solar cells on the roof. The solar cells have to lie flat because of the (sometimes) 100 mph winds that batter the island.



  22. Fuel tanks

    Snapshot Title: Fuel tanks
    Taken by: Ron Hipschman

    Image: Black Island, Antarctica
    Image Owner: Ron Hipschman



    Description:

    If wind and solar power fail, these tanks hold enough fuel to last quite a while until repair crews can fix the renewable power sources on the island. It's critical that power is maintaind on Black Is...



  23. TV antenna

    Snapshot Title: TV antenna
    Taken by: Ron Hipschman

    Image: Black Island, Antarctica
    Image Owner: Ron Hipschman



    Description:

    This small (about 10 feet across) sphere contains the TV receiver antenna. It must be housed in this sphere to protect it from the 100 mph winds that sometimes lash the island.



  24. Microwave dish

    Snapshot Title: Microwave dish
    Taken by: Ron Hipschman

    Image: Black Island, Antarctica
    Image Owner: Ron Hipschman



    Description:

    Once the TV, radio and internet signals are received, they are transmitted to McMurdo Station over this microwave dish to a similar dish there.



  25. Wind turbines

    Snapshot Title: Wind turbines
    Taken by: Ron Hipschman

    Image: Black Island, Antarctica
    Image Owner: Ron Hipschman



    Description:

    These generators provide a good amount of power to run the island.



  26. HF receive antenna field

    Snapshot Title: HF receive antenna field
    Taken by: Ron Hipschman

    Image: Black Island, Antarctica
    Image Owner: Ron Hipschman



    Description:

    Many receive antennas, each for a different frequecy, occupy this field mear the main living quaters and radomes.



  27. High Frequency receiving antenna

    Snapshot Title: High Frequency receiving antenna
    Taken by: Ron Hipschman

    Image: Black Island, Antarctica
    Image Owner: Ron Hipschman



    Description:

    This provides the continent with HF communications. The transmitting twin of this tower is above McMurdo Station. Both antennas are located far away from each other to prevent interference.



  28. Mount Erebus

    Snapshot Title: Mount Erebus
    Taken by: Ron Hipschman

    Image: Black Island, Antarctica
    Image Owner: Ron Hipschman



    Description:

    The most active volcano in Antarctica (and the southern-most active volcano), there is almost always a steam eruption going on here.

    Check out the Mt. Erebus Volcano Observatory web page:

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  29. Black Island Communications Center

    Snapshot Title: Black Island Communications Center
    Taken by: Ron Hipschman

    Image: Black Island, Antarctica
    Image Owner: Ron Hipschman



    Description:

    All of the communications for Antarctica go through these antennas



  30. IceCube Drilling Rig

    Snapshot Title: IceCube Drilling Rig
    Taken by: Ron Hipschman

    Image: South Pole Station
    Image Owner: Ron Hipschman



    Description:

    Here is the rig that is used to drill the 2.5 km. deep holes used by IceCube. It's also used to lower the string with 60 "Digital Optical Modules" or DOMs into the hole.

    icecube.wisc.edu Will open in a new tab or window/



  31. IceCube Lab

    Snapshot Title: IceCube Lab
    Taken by: Ron Hipschman

    Image: South Pole Station
    Image Owner: Ron Hipschman



    Description:

    The central headquarters of the IceCube project, a giant neutrino telescope located 1.5 kilometers beneath the polar ice. The flags mark the tops of the strings of sensors below the ice.

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  32. South Pole Telescope

    Snapshot Title: South Pole Telescope
    Taken by: Ron Hipschman

    Image: South Pole Station
    Image Owner: Ron Hipschman



    Description:

    The white telescope in the background is the largest telescope at the South Pole, 10 meters in diameter.

    pole.uchicago.edu Will open in a new tab or window/



  33. Tourist Camp

    Snapshot Title: Tourist Camp
    Taken by: Ron Hipschman

    Image: South Pole Station
    Image Owner: Ron Hipschman



    Description:

    If you're not on an NSF grant and are just traveling to the South Pole, you can't stay inside the station. This is the "tourist camp" where you can stay. (You also have to feed yourself!)



  34. NOAA Atmospheric Research Laboratory

    Snapshot Title: NOAA Atmospheric Research Laboratory
    Taken by: Ron Hipschman

    Image: South Pole Station
    Image Owner: Ron Hipschman



    Description:

    Here's where measurements are made of atmospheric ozone and carbon dioxide. This is the cleanest air on Earth.

    www.esrl.noaa.gov/gmd/obop/spo Will open in a new tab or window/



  35. Original South Pole Station

    Snapshot Title: Original South Pole Station
    Taken by: Ron Hipschman

    Image: South Pole Station
    Image Owner: Ron Hipschman



    Description:

    This half-buried geodesic dome is part of the original South Pole Station. The new station (to the right) is built up on stits so the snow blows underneath and they can jack-up the building as it gets...



  36. Geographic South Pole

    Snapshot Title: Geographic South Pole
    Taken by: Ron Hipschman

    Image: South Pole Station
    Image Owner: Ron Hipschman



    Description:

    This is the actual geographic South Pole. It's marked with a beautiful brass marker which is replaced every January 1st with a new version. It's also moved to coincide with the actual geographic pole ...



  37. Ceremonial South Pole

    Snapshot Title: Ceremonial South Pole
    Taken by: Ron Hipschman

    Image: South Pole Station
    Image Owner: Ron Hipschman



    Description:

    Here's where all the dignitaries take their "hero shots" for the South Pole. The actual geographic pole is about 100 yards away (see other snapshot).



  38. Stanford Linear Accelerator

    Snapshot Title: Stanford Linear Accelerator
    Taken by: Ron Hipschman

    Image: Stanford Linear Accelerator Center Klystron Gallery
    Image Owner: Ron Hipschman



    Description:

    Stanford Linear Accelerator as it passes under Highway 280



  39. Looking down the Accelerator

    Snapshot Title: Looking down the Accelerator
    Taken by: Ron Hipschman

    Image: Stanford Linear Accelerator and Primate Research Lab
    Image Owner: Ron Hipschman



    Description:

    Toward Highway 280



  40. How you get around at SLAC

    Snapshot Title: How you get around at SLAC
    Taken by: Ron Hipschman

    Image: Stanford Linear Accelerator Center Klystron Gallery
    Image Owner: Ron Hipschman



    Description:

    At 2 miles long, you don't walk it!



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