STOWAWAY ! Buzz Rover apparently has become tired of just seeing the USS Hornet’s Museum's SD45 preparations! He stowed away in a museum vehicle as it went to the NASA Ames Research Center to pick up the moon rock for the upcoming event. He made himself quite at home, climbing onto several of their fascinating exhibits - clockwise from top left -Science on a Sphere, Ames Spacecraft Missions, Buzz Rover becoming a giant (compared to himself) astronaut, and Living and Working in Space
Buzz Rover - undercover Uh-Oh ...Buzz Rover has been caught impersonating a Hornet Museum security member! Apparently, he was trying to gain access to “secret locations” around the ship and see if there were any security loop holes to report back to Buzz Aldrin. We also found an incriminating photo on him that clearly identifies him as an associate of Buzz Aldrin. Seems like he's in trouble now!
Buzz Rover – in Quarantine! Buzz Rover apparently snuck inside the newly restored Mobile Quarantine Facility (MQF). Our MQF was the prototype for the Apollo quarantine program and was used for the recovery of the Apollo 14 astronauts. Did you know the first three lunar landing missions were quarantined when they returned to earth to prevent any possible moon germs from infecting the earth? After 14 years on display, our MQF was recently restored by Belfor Restoration Company.
Buzz Rover has been scoping out the Hangar Deck exhibits to verify their usage for past, or future, space flights! He was caught coming aboard with one of the new awesome exhibition pieces - a real Apollo Command and Service Module (CSM) engine. Since 1942, Aerojet-Rocketdyne has led the way in the development of technologies and products that provide heightened national security and advances in human exploration of space.
Buzz Rover being interrogated The security team found Buzz Rover going beyond his normal scouting routines and wearing a security agent’s red jacket. They had no choice but to intervene. Now in custody, after a thorough investigation of what the Buzz Rover has actually been up to, the security team has discovered that the Rover has not only been investigating the security of the venue but also taking photos from a teeny mounted camera. Here are a few photos captured from his time aboard.
Buzz Rover in the Brig With only one day left until the event, and with heightened security now that the NASA Lunar Sample and the Aerojet Rocket Engine are on board, the USS Hornet Museum security had to detain Buzz Rover until he can be picked up by his owner . The USS Hornet Museum has decided though, to allow Buzz Rover to take part of this 45th anniversary celebration.
Buzz Rover Secret Shopper? LOL! Buzz Rover was caught checking out the special Splashdown 45 merchandise created to celebrate our upcoming anniversary event. These items, t-shirts, pins, magnets and patches will be available for sale starting the day of the event. Unfortunately for Buzz Rover, the store manager did not order any sizes small enough to fit him. #SD45 #Apollo45
A visitor to the Museum has spotted Buzz Rover reading our historical plaque celebrating the Doolittle Raiders here on Pier 3! It’s predecessor aircraft carrier, USS Hornet CV-8, took aboard 16 Army twin-engine bombers and 134 Army Air Forces personnel in April, 1942 personnel and sailed off to bomb several cities in Japan. The raid was personally requested by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in retaliation for the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor four months earlier.