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Old 08-03-2012, 04:17 PM   #239
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You have to go to Google Street View, not Google Earth. It took me a while to figure out.

Here you go.. Click the arrows on the right and left side of the box to see different things. http://maps.google.com/help/maps/str...ry.html#!/nasa
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Old 08-03-2012, 04:25 PM   #240
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As Space Shuttle Endeavour's time left at Kennedy Space Center ticks down, so does her Retirement & Transition processing.

Yesterday, Endeavour had her ferry flight doors installed. Endeavour is scheduled to leave Kennedy Space Center September 20th.




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Old 08-03-2012, 05:43 PM   #241
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Its sad they are shutting down the space program... It still makes me mad! I think they are making a huge mistake not continuing space exploration.
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Old 08-03-2012, 06:56 PM   #242
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Its sad they are shutting down the space program... It still makes me mad! I think they are making a huge mistake not continuing space exploration.
I totally agree with you. Retiring the shuttles was very premature. Each shuttle was built to withstand 100 missions EACH. Our oldest and most traveled orbiter, Discovery, completed 39 missions, and our youngest orbiter, Endeavour, only did 19 missions. Most people blame the shuttles for both disasters, but the truth is.. The Shuttles did exactly what they were engineered to do during both disasters. Not one shuttle was built to be able to withstand an explosion as close as the SRBs were or enter the atmosphere with a bowling ball hole in its wing.

In my very honest opinion, the Space Shuttle program was the best space program America has done yet.

Oh and by the way, they aren't stopping the entire space program. They still send rockets into space, they just didn't have a replacement for Space Shuttle when it retired.
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Old 08-03-2012, 07:01 PM   #243
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In other space news, NASA has choosen the three private companies that will recieve funding to go to the ISS and LEO, while NASA turns its eyes to deep space exploration.

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Since shutting down its space shuttle program last summer, NASA has been relying on the Russians to blast its astronauts to the International Space Station. Eventually, though, it wants private companies to take over. Today it announced a big step toward that, handing out $1.1 billion in funding to three U.S.-based firms, led by Boeing and SpaceX.
Boeing will get $460 million to work on its CST-100 spacecraft, while SpaceX will receive $440 million to develop its Dragon capsule and Falcon 9 rocket. A third company, Nevada-based Sierra Nevada, will receive another $212 million to develop its Dream Chaser craft.


Over the next 21 months, the companies will try to complete a series of milestones as they compete for the next round of funding. The ultimate goal is to get privately owned craft in shape to ferry both NASA crew and commercial customers into low-earth orbit within the next five years.


In Boeing and SpaceX, NASA is hedging its bets between the establishment and the new wave in the aerospace industry. A big government contract for Boeing, the nearly century-old Chicago-based giant, is no surprise. But this is a big vote of confidence in Los Angeles-based startup SpaceX, launched just a decade ago by PayPal co-founder Elon Musk, who also runs the electric car company Tesla.


On the other hand, you could make the case that SpaceX should have gotten even more of the pie. Its Dragon, after all, is the only one of the competing craft that has actually completed a NASA space mission, carrying a load of supplies to the International Space Station in May.


It’s a shame that NASA’s own shuttle program was deemed expendable by the government. But outsourcing the job to companies like Boeing and SpaceX sounds a lot better than outsourcing it to Russia.
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Old 08-04-2012, 12:05 AM   #245
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That picture was taking a few months ago. Thankfully, Atlantis looks much better now.

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In case you see this tonight, might interest some people here.

Live stream of Mars rover landing.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-11386_3-57...rover-landing/
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Old 08-06-2012, 12:45 AM   #248
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Old 08-06-2012, 12:57 AM   #250
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We're about 30 minutes away from touch-down.
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darn! thanks for reminding me
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