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  1. SpunkyTWS

    I want to believe that there were at least a couple of times that astronauts or other NASA workers used the twisty slide just for fun. Yes, the context takes a little bit out of it, but, come on. Somebody had to test the thing.

  2. blearghhh

    I too was annoyed by the lack of good pictures.

    So I googled it for some better ones.

    This site in particular has some absolutely drool-worthy pictures for the space-porn aficionado , including a link to a 360 degree panorama of the blast room.

    National Geographic has an article that has unfortunately dates itself quite badly by referring to Lost a few too many times.

    And a particularly cool site that includes some helpful illustrations in isometric and top-down views

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