Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.  On 12 April I had to report to the Astrotech facility at Vandenberg and inspect the Control Room, turn on all the systems, and perform an "aliveness test".  Aliveness testing is basically where you turn on the system and make sure it all works. 

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The Assembly building, where the control room is located.  The fog was as pervasive as I have ever seen in my life. 

The Control room area.  I had to try to get a photo of the fog that obscured everything.  At left is trailers that housed the Integration team from NGST.

More fog at the control room.  Down this road is the Astrotech facility, and it is only about three hundred yards away. 

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The distance to the Astrotech is only a couple of hundred yards, but you can not find it from here.

This is the control room.  It is attached to the Assembly area.  It is in the Assembly area that the spacecraft is de-mated from the Ground Station Equipment ( GSE ) and placed in its container for mating to the rocket.

This is what I call the path to nowhere.  I am not sure where this walkway leads.  It made a great photo.

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I believe that this an old road, no longer used.  I walked down the road for a little bit, but it just seemed to go forever. Just too cool. Ok, I thought it looked like a metaphor for something. 
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The OMI workstations. This is our EPOCH EGSE equipment.  Those two monitors actually attach to one computer, the two monitors are so we can display enough telemetry data. Another view of the setup.
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The EPOCH machines and on the right is the ASIST machine.

My laptop is on the left.  We would go in, sit down, connect our laptop to the internet, then test the phones, then get going.

One more photo of the setup..
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Our work area. I believe that the area next to us was TES.  The area was very cramped. Cross view of OMI and TES.
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More workstation. Kind of a birds eye view.  The television on the wall is for people to see what is going on in the assembly area. About as far back as I can go and still get a photo.  Notice the targus bag, I quit using those things and started using a backpack.
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Test is pretty much over at this point. Final photo of the place. Just outside of the control room, when I came out.  Notice how quickly the weather changed.
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More scenery. More scenery. When you stood outside of the building and looked towards the beach, there was some interesting equipment out there.
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Another view of the area. More photos of nearby beach. This photo was taken at the Astrotech facility, right at the access gate.
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My efforts were to show the vastness of the place. The Astrotech side looking straight over to the control room/assembly area. The rules were that all cars had to be parked in a space, you could not create one.  With this in mind, a lot of people had to park in the supplementary parking along the access road.
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I am not sure if this railroad is still operational, but I had to doubt it.  Red and Tangair streets.  Tangair was the road we took to get to the facility, Red was our road. The Assembly area as I drive away.
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This railroad car was there the entire time I was at VAFB. Driving back to the Hotel, a rocket on a pad in the distance. More rockets at a distance.
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This is what you see while driving.  There is nothing to see.  Most places are "Bases within a Base" and therefore you can not get close to anything. More views while driving. More views while driving.