PART 4.

By this time, as we were preparing to launch, I would fly to LAX and then drive to Vandenberg.  The drive was about three hours and there were times when I would go out with friends in Los Angeles and then have to drive to Vandenberg at three or four in the morning.  That was a difficult drive as it is a very dark drive, but I persevered.  The Rocket was mated and rolled out for photo ops, which I attended.  Other than that, most of my time was spent trying to entertain myself.

Vandenberg AFB, California. Vandenberg AFB, California. Vandenberg AFB, California.
The Astrotech parking lot. The parking lot between Astrotech and Control Center. The Parking lot.
Vandenberg AFB, California. Vandenberg AFB, California. Vandenberg AFB, California.
Across the Astrotech facility there was a helicopter lifting something or the other. The Astrotech Facility and the Giant container. The Truck that I believe has something to do with the Spacecraft.
Vandenberg AFB, California. Vandenberg AFB, California. Vandenberg AFB, California.
The Astrotech facility looking out to Tangair Road.  The house is the Guardshack. This is the Astrotech facility looking down the access road to the Control Center. The Giant payload. 
Vandenberg AFB, California. Vandenberg AFB, California. Vandenberg AFB, California.
Another view of the Payload container. Look at the size of the container! The Area where the Integrators worked.  This would be where the NGST people worked. 
Vandenberg AFB, California. Vandenberg AFB, California. Vandenberg AFB, California.
The Container. The drive from base to Lompoc. The view on the way to Lompoc.
Vandenberg AFB, California. Vandenberg AFB, California. Vandenberg AFB, California.
Close up of the view directly towards the beach.  The Rockets, no idea what they are for.  If I had to guess, I would say that they were used for testing at one time. The Rockets. The Rockets.  Always intrigued by these things, but could not figure out to get over to them.
Vandenberg AFB, California. Vandenberg AFB, California. Vandenberg AFB, California.
Astrotech to Control Room.  The place is kind of deserted. Inside our office at Astrotech.  Everything was packed and I had to make sure it all was there.  I did my best to check, but had no idea how to inventory the stuff.  I ended up just taking a photo. More of the inventory to be shipped.
Vandenberg AFB, California. Vandenberg AFB, California. Vandenberg AFB, California.
Me, bored to tears and planning to leave soon.  Literally nothing to do at this point. Me, doing some inventory. More Inventory.
Vandenberg AFB, California. Vandenberg AFB, California. Vandenberg AFB, California.
A Flashlight was not accounted for when they closed the spacecraft module.  They tried and tried to figure out who might have had it last.  This is a Matrix of events. The Matrix.  We never found who had the flashlight.  Funny, they wanted a photo of the flashlight and it turns out that it was normally fitted to a handgun.  They came up with a photo of a pistol with the light attached.  It was kind of funny, explaining that it was the light NOT attached to the Pistol. More of the Matrix.
Vandenberg AFB, California. Vandenberg AFB, California. Vandenberg AFB, California.
Matrix. Boeing Launch area. Boeing Launch area.