Seamour Shavin House - Chattanooga, Tennessee: 2014

Frank Lloyd Wright, Seamour Shavin House

The Seamour Shavin House is the only Frank Lloyd Wright structure in the state of Tennessee.  We made a quick stop here on our way home from Chattanooga.  It is a private residence so this is as far as I trespassed.

The house was commissioned  in 1949 and completed in 1952.  Both the exterior and interior of the house use primarily crab orchard stone and treated Louisiana cypress wood. The stonework is reminiscent of Fallingwater. The house is sits on top of a hill to take advantage of the view of the Tennessee River and Lookout Mountain.



Marshall Space Flight Center

The George C. Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) is the U.S. government’s civilian rocketry and spacecraft propulsion research center located at the Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama.

Neutral Buoyancy Simulator
Neutral Buoyancy Simulator

Last time we went to Huntsville in 2002, they were not offering the Marshall Space Flight Center bus tours because of security concerns after 9/11.  These started back up two years ago and depart from the U.S. Space and Rocket Center.  The tour has changed a little, but still very fascinating.  No longer on the tour is the Neutral Buoyancy Simulator which is where the astronauts would practice in the very large water tank.  Now, you visit various aspects of the International Space Station.

ISS Payload Operations Center
ISS Payload Operations Center

Still on the tour is the original Mercury Redstone Rocket Test Stand and both the Static and Dybnamic Test Stand for the Saturn V Rocket.  These two test stand were also used for the Space Shuttle.  NASA also is making progress with the development of the Space Launch System (SLS) using these historic testing facilities.

The bus tour is well worth the $12.00, but make reservations in advance to be sure you get a seat.

5 F-1 Engine Cluster of the Saturn V

U.S. Space and Rocket Center

This was my fourth visit to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.  My last visit in 2002 was very disappointing as the whole museum felt very neglected.  Reading about the center, it ran into a very large debt by miss management in the late 1990′s.

The New Davidson Building at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center
The New Davidson Building at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center

I was very surprised and delighted with the progress the center is making on this trip.  They have built a new building called the Davidson Center for Space Exploration.  They have refurbished the old Saturn V Rocket, that used to sit on a trailer outside, and built  this beautiful new building around it with some great new exhibits such as the Apollo 16 Command Module and the Quarantine Trailer astronauts stayed in after they returned from the moon.   The Saturn V Rocket is a National Historic Landmark, one of only three in the world.

They have also started running the bus tours to the Marshall Space Flight Center and Redstone Arsenal again.  They we stopped immediately after September 11, 2001 for security reasons.


So I added stars and the earth.....

Lunar Landing a Hoax

OK, not really!  I do not get too in depth with Paint Shop Pro other than tweaking color and some other minor adjustments.  I have not done a lot of stuff like this because I am still learning what it is capable of.

This picture was just boring.....
This picture was just boring…..

I really was wanting to get a good picture of the Lunar Lander at the Space and Rocket Center, but it is what it is.  So I started messing with PSP and had a little fun……

So I added stars and the earth.....
So I added stars and the earth…..
Ok, starting to get out of control, but had to add the Death Star
Ok, starting to get out of control, but had to add the Death Star
Ok, adding my daughter and her friend is too much........
Ok, adding my daughter and her friend is too much……..

Photos and more…..every picture has a story….

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