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Old 07-30-2012, 12:41 PM   #226
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Here's another favorite of mine Jordy.
There really are some amazing pictures in here!

Awesome Photo...question for overflow though regarding the picture. Is the fact that there is still a bright light coming from the place of take off a time elapsed camera effect or is there something from launch pad and the entire jetstream (probably not the correct term) that is still causing illumination like that even though the shuttle is so far away?? Hopefully that makes sense!
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Awesome Photo...question for overflow though regarding the picture. Is the fact that there is still a bright light coming from the place of take off a time elapsed camera effect or is there something from launch pad and the entire jetstream (probably not the correct term) that is still causing illumination like that even though the shuttle is so far away?? Hopefully that makes sense!
That shot is a combination of many shots taken during the launch in the same spot. So no, the stream of flames is not that long. But it is really that bright the entire way. It only looks dim at the top because the shuttle is already many miles away. I hope that makes sense!
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That shot is a combination of many shots taken during the launch in the same spot. So no, the stream of flames is not that long. But it is really that bright the entire way. It only looks dim at the top because the shuttle is already many miles away. I hope that makes sense!
Makes perfect sense to me, thats what I figured but since I have never seen one in person I was not sure, thanks! I am going to have to put this on my bucketlist, they still do shuttle launches like this, right?? I do not follow NASA at all, and barely ever watch the news (to much negativity for me) but I thought I heard rumors a few years ago about no more launches or something?? Maybe that was just for exploratory agendas or something, I have no idea.

Either way, if they still are launching these bad boys, I would love to experience seeing one in person!
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Shuttle program is dead, unfortunately. All the orbiters are decommissioned and heading to various facilities for display.
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Old 07-30-2012, 01:13 PM   #230
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Makes perfect sense to me, thats what I figured but since I have never seen one in person I was not sure, thanks! I am going to have to put this on my bucketlist, they still do shuttle launches like this, right?? I do not follow NASA at all, and barely ever watch the news (to much negativity for me) but I thought I heard rumors a few years ago about no more launches or something?? Maybe that was just for exploratory agendas or something, I have no idea.

Either way, if they still are launching these bad boys, I would love to experience seeing one in person!
The Space Shuttle program was retired over a year ago. The last launch was July 8th, 2011.

Space Shuttle Enterprise arrived at her permenent retirement home on the Intrepid in New York City a couple months ago for permenent display.

Space Shuttle Discovery has been at the National Air and Space Museum (Permanent retirement home) since April 2012.

Space Shuttle Atlantis rolls over to her permanent retirement home at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on November 2.

And Space Shuttle Endeavour flies to Los Angeles September 20th-21st for her permanent retirement home at the California Science Center.
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The Space Shuttle program was retired over a year ago. The last launch was July 8th, 2011.

And Space Shuttle Endeavour flies to Los Angeles September 20th-21st for her permanent retirement home at the California Science Center.
Well damn!

By "flying" to LA, do you mean transported or its actually launching and flying there, sorry for my ignorance to this stuff.
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Well damn!

By "flying" to LA, do you mean transported or its actually launching and flying there, sorry for my ignorance to this stuff.
Technically, the shuttle could launch into orbit , circle the Earth a couple times, then land at LAX (Ignoring the massive waste of rocket fuel and money that would be). But the Shuttles have already been gutted, and can never fly on their own again.

Each shuttle must take a "piggy back" ride on one of NASA's specially modified 747 aircraft, just like it did after landing in California on some missions.







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That is insane!! I have never seen that before and at first thought you were joking!

What, is rocket fuel expensive or something? LOL, Just kiding of course, I am not that ignorant to space travel LOL. Thanks for the education!
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That is insane!! I have never seen that before and at first thought you were joking!

What, is rocket fuel expensive or something? LOL, Just kiding of course, I am not that ignorant to space travel LOL. Thanks for the education!
It is quite a sight to behold! Seeing two planes attached.

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In other NASA news today..

NASA's Curiosity Rover is set to land on Mars in 5 days. It is scheduled to land at 5:31 UTC on August 6th. Curiosity is the size of a car, and NASA's biggest Mars Rover yet.



Curiosity was launched by NASA November 26th, 2011. The rover's objectives include determining Mars' habitability, studying the Martian climate, studying Martian geology, and collecting data for a future manned mission to Mars.

The Mars Science Laboratory mission is part of NASA's Mars Exploration Program, a long-term effort for the robotic exploration of Mars, and the project is managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of California Institute of Technology. When MSL launched, the program's director was Doug McCuistion of NASA's Planetary Science Division. The total cost of the MSL project is about US$2.5 billion.
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Heat shield installation continues on Endeavour.


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Old 08-03-2012, 10:53 AM   #237
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Now on Google Street View, you can practically visit the Kennedy Space Center!

http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/video...a_id=149631771
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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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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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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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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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We're about 30 minutes away from touch-down.
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