Shop Cat - Beijing (by Nicholas J.)
RGM-79N GM Custom
"During its military reconstruction following the One Year War, the Earth Federation Forces decide to build a high-performance variant of its standard-model RGM-79C GM Kai for use by highly skilled and ace pilots. This new variant, partly based on the GM Kai and the RX-78NT-1 Gundam "Alex" from the One Year War, is called the RGM-79N GM Custom. The GM Custom is equipped with a great number of vernier thrusters, giving it a maneuverability and response time almost equivalent to that of the original RX-78-2 Gundam prototype. It also carries a high-output generator, enabling it to use beam rifles. Due to its high cost, however, only a limited number of GM Customs are actually built. In late UC 0083, three GM Customs are stationed aboard the assault carrier Albion during its pursuit of the stolen RX-78GP02A Gundam "Physalis" and in the subsequent battles against Zeon’s Delaz Fleet."
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All of the NASA Astronauts since the Gemini Program have trained in Building 9 at NASA Johnson Space Center in Huston, Texas, in the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility. About half of the facility currently consists of a full sized training replica of the International Space Station. NASA calls this the “Space Station Mockup Training Facility” (SSMTF).
The SSMTF is used to get astronauts accustom to the systems and layout of the station. Some astronauts have admitted to being a little turned around at the beginning of their expeditions because the ISS is large and labyrinthian. So large, that during an expedition, an astronaut can sometimes go an entire day without seeing each of their crew mates. The SSMTF is used to train both astronauts and flight controllers in emergency procedures, maintenance and routine operations. It is also typically used to test new procedures before the crew performs them in flight.
The final photo in the set shows the actual International Space Station in flight, as photographed from Southeast Idaho on June 21, 2007 at the tail end STS-117. At this point, the ISS was under construction, and was a fraction of its total size. Now, the ISS is the third brightest thing in the sky behind the Sun and Moon, and can be easily seen when it passes overhead at night.
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