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Symphonic Odyssey

A collection of images from the superb Brevard Symphony Orchestra’s “once-in-a-lifetime concert experience beneath Space Shuttle Atlantis” at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. I thought I was being sly bringing in my pocket camera tucked into my jacket for the expected “cocktail attire” for the event, but should have known better when almost the entire well-dressed crowd was lugging around one sort of camera or another or, as most were doing, shooting pictures with their cell phones. All these images were taken with my little pocket camera struggling to cope with the lighting so, under the circumstances, I’m happy with how they came out barring going back in time with a better camera. Where is the TARDIS when you need it?
The evening featured a selection of space-themed music, hence the characters from Star Wars on hand to mingle with the crowd. Here a group of Imperials, including an armored Scout Trooper and a Stormtrooper, stand in front of Atlantis waiting to greet the incoming concertgoers. Other Star Wars characters not pictured included Darth Vader, a young Obi-Wan Kenobi and another female Jedi character.
Susan Boyd, fellow concertgoer, poses in front of the entrance to the Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit with the External Fuel Tank and Solid Rocket Boosters towering overhead.
Susan with a Stormtrooper and two Imperial officers.
We were part of the first group to get in. Here are the final moments during the star-studded reveal of Atlantis.
One of my favorite angles looking nose on to Atlantis achievable only with some pre-planning to get the proper distance in the anteroom as the crowd is herded out to allow for the next group to enter.
The Brevard Symphony and the concertgoers arrayed under Atlantis. I was surprised at how good the sound quality is in the space.
One of the two full service bars open during the performance is visible at lower right along with Atlantis’ tile covered belly overhead.
A high point among many high points of the evening was Astronaut Winston Scott’s short talk about his spaceflights before going on to perform the horn solos in Stardust. Scott was an accomplished musician, attending Florida State University on a music scholarship, before becoming an astronaut and his talent really dazzled that night.
Inside the Shuttle Cockpit Simulator during the performance, with Atlantis out the front window and a Stormtrooper looking in.

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