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March 22, 2011

This morning was a very interesting morning. 

For the last 9 months I’ve lived within spitting distance of the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly VA, a branch of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in downtown Washington DC.

Two hours before the museum was to open to the public I met with Frank McNally, Public Affairs Specialist, museum photographer Dane Penland, and Guy Noffsinger, a video producer for NASA. Guy is putting together a detailed documentary on The History of The Space Shuttle and was interested in getting a number of video clips of the spacecraft that lead up to the creation of the shuttle program, not to mention some (additional) video b-roll of the Enterprise which is currently on display at the museum. Guy is a huge Star Trek fan, so anything “Enterprise-related” gets his attention; he has even arranged for William (“Bill”) Shatner to narrate a short version of his documentary (See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlG7W0gkjjE )

I volunteered to assist Guy on his morning shoot, getting a few shots with his Canon 5D Mark II.  Afterwards, the curator give us a quick driving tour of the museum as well as a new (soon-to-be-dedicated) hanger in the rear of the building for rebuilding vintage aircraft.

See some footage here…

NASA-Smithsonian Video Shoot