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fort harrison hotel

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Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones wrote the lyrics to "Satisfaction" by the pool at the Fort Harrison Hotel.

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fort harrison hotel

from scientology posted in history by tacopolis

The Fort Harrison Hotel serves as the flagship building of the "Flag Land Base," the spiritual home of the Church of Scientology. The 11-story hotel has over 220 rooms, was opened in 1926, and was purchased by the Church in 1975 when it was in a state of disrepair. Today, the hotel accommodates many of the high profile members of the organization when visiting the area.

Notably, Scientologist member Lisa McPherson was kept captive in Room 174 for 17 days after having a psychotic episode. The religion eschews any sort of conventional psychiatric therapy, in favor of their own version of treatment. McPherson died of a pulmonary embolism en route to a hospital on December 5, 1995. The incident has become a rallying cry for many anti-Scientology groups.

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trementina base

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Located in the New Mexico desert about an hour east of Las Vegas (the New Mexico one) is the Trementina Base of Scientology. The base features a large complex built into the side of a mountain.

The complex houses a vault that stores L. Ron Hubbard's writings etched onto titanium plates and his audio lectures on nickel records. Also at the location is a large-scale symbol of two interlocking circles carved into the desert floor.

The purpose of the symbol is unknown, but it's trademarked by the Church of Scientific Technology (CST) and also located at the Creston Ranch, CA location (both properties owned by CST).

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apollo 1 fire

from space exploration posted in history by tacopolis

On January 27, 1967, NASA was running a test launch for their first manned space mission- Apollo 1. Due to design flaws in the initial construction (and the use of pure oxygen in the capsule), there was a fire during the test that claimed the lives of astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee.

The site was used to successfully test a number of Saturn I and Saturn IB rockets, but was eventually razed. The launch platform remains as a memorial with a plaque that lists the time of the accident and the names of the astronauts, as well as the following inscription:

They gave their lives in service to their country in the ongoing exploration of humankind's final frontier. Remember them not for how they died but for those ideals for which they lived.

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rkk energiya museum

from space travel, space exploration posted in history by tacopolis

The S.P.Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation (or RKK Energiya) is the organization that has been carrying out Russia's space travel development and testing since the end of World War II.

The corporation has a museum called the RKK Energiya Museum on the factory grounds. Exhibits include the recovered capsule from the Vostok 1 mission with which Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space, and the Vostok 6 capsule in which Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space.

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