Sunday, July 21, 2013

Thiokol

After my visit to the Golden Spike National Monument I headed up the road a few miles to the Thiokol plant or I should say plants. There are probably over 100 building in this complex. We are talking about a plant big enough to have its own airport. Thiokol has been very involved in rocketry since the first rockets were flown. A lot of military rockets were developed here and Thiokol played a major role in the development of the NASA program. The first time many of us even heard of Thiokol was during the Challenger disaster when a Thiokol developed O ring failed and cause the destruction of the Challenger and the loss of its seven person crew. Before that who would have guessed space program rockets and parts were being built in Utah. At the administration building they have a display of rockets they have been involved with, at least the ones they can talk about. Here's what it looks like.











After visiting here we journeyed on to Elko for the night and then to Fernley yesterday. I really have to watch my billfold here because Amazon.com has a major distribution center here in town. Today we have a Cardinal ball game at 1 o'clock and laundry has already been scheduled for tomorrow. This is what happens when enjoying the good life.

12 comments:

  1. Yep that Amazon is a billfold emptying toy store for sure. As you know, I am nearly as well qualified to speak authoritatively on that subject as you are. But toys are fun.

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  2. I, too, love Amazon. I have to make an effort not to visit their website. Laundry just has to rear it's ugly head doesn't it.

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    1. I guess I could order new clothes from Amazon, but that's probably not practical.

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  3. I can still remember when rockets were the stuff of science fiction!

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    1. It really looked like a ghost town, cuts have taken their toll.

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  5. What a cool but sad place. I remember the Challenge disaster very well. I, too, never knew Utah has anything to do with the space program.

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    1. It's a huge complex, but not very active right now.

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  6. I still like the trains best.
    Nice clear sky you have there.

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