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See Space Shuttle Endeavour, carried atop NASA's 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, in all her glory from Sept. 17 to 19 at Ellington Field (weather permitting). Endeavour will be available for public viewing Sept. 17 and 18 until 7 p.m. before she makes her way to a permanent display home in Los Angeles at the California Science Center.

The carrier aircraft with Endeavour will fly approximately 1,500 feet above various areas of Houston, Clear Lake, and Galveston following its sunrise departure Monday, Sept. 17, from Kennedy Space Center.

The Texas Gulf Coast region flyover, in cooperation with the Federal Aviation Administration, is scheduled to occur between approximately 9 and 10:30 a.m. CDT. The specific route and timing of Endeavour's flight over Houston on Sept. 17 depends upon weather and operational constraints. However, the aircraft is expected to fly near a variety of landmarks in the greater Houston area. Some of those include the three major airports: George Bush Intercontinental, William P. Hobby, and Ellington -- as well as the downtown skyline and the San Jacinto Monument. Prior to landing at Ellington, the Shuttle Carrier/Endeavour combination will navigate a flyover of the JSC area.

Landing at Ellington is scheduled for approximately 10:45 a.m., with final positioning near the NASA Hangar 990 pedestrian gate. Public viewing within about 100 feet of the vehicle will begin 30 minutes after it is parked and safed by ground personnel. Viewing will continue until 7 p.m. Airport gates will reopen to the public from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18. Endeavour's departure from Ellington is planned for approximately sunrise on Wednesday, Sept. 19.

There will also be more than a beautiful shuttle bird to look at -- exhibits at the Hangar 990 viewing area include the Driven to Explore mobile exhibit and inflatable shuttle, a joint Orion/International Space Station banner, Starport tent and more. Please note: Hangar 990 itself will NOT be open to employees or the public during the viewing days.

Also keep in mind that the stopover is contingent upon weather conditions. Inclement weather at Kennedy, along the flight path, or in the Houston area can delay, change, or cancel stopover plans. If conditions don't permit arrival until Sept. 19, there will be only one day of public viewing. Continued weather issues could shorten or cancel the Houston-area stop altogether. Updates and public availability plans for Endeavour's stop in Houston will be updated regularly at: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/johnson/home/endeavour_visit.html

NASA will also provide updates on Endeavour's cross-country flight via social media using the hashtags #SpotTheShuttle and #OV105 -- Endeavour's orbiter vehicle designation.
The International Space Station Expedition Special Event, featuring crew members Dan Burbank, Expedition 29 flight engineer and Expedition 30 commander; Anatoly Ivanishin, Expedition 29/30 flight engineer; Anton Shkaplerov, Expedition 29/30 flight engineer; Oleg Kononenko, Expedition 30 flight engineer and Expedition 31 commander; Andre Kuipers, Expedition 30/31 flight engineer; and Don Pettit, Expedition 30/31 flight engineer, will be held tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Space Center Houston Theater. The event will consist of awards, slides, a video presentation and a question-and-answer session. This event is free and open to JSC employees, contractors, friends, family members and public guests.

Picasso vandal

I love and appreciate all forms of artistic expression.  I may not "get" all of them, but I am glad they exist and will protect anyone's right to explore any medium. 

This, I cannot tolerate.  Whoever did this is a selfish and pompous asshole.  Hmm, you respect Picasso so much that you desecrated it with scribbles and have taken his art away from all of those who would admire his work? 

I hope they find the guy that did this and the ass that just took video and let it happen.

http://www.kvue.com/news/state/159454285.html

Reliable Independent Home Insurance

Howdy.

Do any of you use an independent home insurance company in Houston? I could Google and get results out the wazoo, but that won't tell me if they're reliable. I'm looking for a quote that is cheaper than $184/month, that isn't too good to be true. Any recommends?

Thanks y'all.
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Road Closures in Clear Lake Next Weekend

If you missed the announcement last week, we're getting KSC's old high-fidelity Space Shuttle mockup for Space Center Houston, and it's arriving in Clear Lake by barge this weekend. Traffic will be a little messy.

http://www.nassaubay.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?aid=61

Friday, June 1:
- Seabrook-Kemah bridge on TX-146 will be closed for approximately 30 minutes starting around noon.
- Nasa Parkway right-most lanes (both directions) between Upper Bay Rd and Space Center Blvd. closed from 11 AM until ~10 PM. Eastbound will remain closed afterward; westbound will reopen.

Saturday, June 2:
- Nasa Parkway eastbound right lane remains closed from Lagoon Dr. to Space Center Blvd.
- Random blockages due to moving equipment.

Sunday, June 3:
- Nasa Parkway COMPLETELY CLOSED between El Camino Real/Egret Bay Blvd. and Space Center Blvd., 5 AM to 9 AM. Note: traffic signals at St. John Dr., Saturn Ln., and Upper Bay Rd. will be temporarily removed at 3 AM.
- Nasa Bypass eastbound COMPLETELY CLOSED 5 AM to 9 AM.

map of the relevant street sections

Parade time!

The 25th annual Houston Art Car Parade is fast approaching and I am finding we are a bit short on volunteers.

Ever wanted to be part of the circus?

We could use a few folks to man the gift shops or just do "crowd control" (stand around and keep people from being run over).

What do you get? A free t-shirt(in a color that won't be for sale!), breakfast and that warm fuzzy feeling down in the cockles of your heart, maybe even the sub-cockle area!

Visit us at http://www.thehoustonartcarparade.com

Oh, and I might just love you forever.
Don't miss the "Shuttlebration Weekend" June 1 and June 3, beginning with the arrival of Space Center Houston's newest exhibit, a full-size Space Shuttle replica, Friday, June 1. The replica is arriving by barge to the Johnson Space Center dock located at 3000 NASA Parkway on Clear Lake, near the Houston Hilton NASA Clear Lake hotel.

Space Center Houston has a slate of fun planned beginning with the replica's arrival projected between 3 and 5 p.m. There will be a come-one-and-all street party with NASA space exploration exhibits and activities, food and entertainment between the dock and the hotel. Gates will open at 2 p.m. but plan to stay for the evening to watch the fireworks at 9 p.m.

(Saturday, June 2, the Orbiter replica will be loaded onto a mobile transfer vehicle for transfer to Space Center Houston. While public interest will be high, there are no formal events planned on this day.)

On Sunday, June 3, the Shuttle replica will make an estimated three-hour trek down NASA Parkway from the dock to its permanent home at Space Center Houston where it will be welcomed by JSC's very own prototype planetary rovers, local scout troops and marching bands. The Space Center is rolling out the carpet with a free family-friendly celebration in its parking lot between 10 a.m. and noon, offering viewing of the replica, more NASA space exploration exhibits, fun activities for the whole family and much more.

For detailed "Shuttlebration Weekend" information, visit http://www.spacecenter.org/shuttlebration.html

Looking for a temp agency

I did a Google search, but I'm uncertain as to what is legitimate and what isn't.

Any suggestions for temp agencies? I'm willing to drive a bit, but of course it would be great if there were one relatively close - I'm in North Houston.
has anyone seen blue bonnets anywhere?

Comcast Internet Actual Cost?

Here's a simple question that Comcast wouldn't answer without my selling my soul to them first (no thanks!): if I just had their internet (no TV, no phone, no bundled anything), say the $50/month plan for 6 Mbps, about how much extra would they charge me every month for "applicable taxes and fees"?

Also, does anyone have any feedback on their internet uptime in the Clear Lake area?