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Old 08-06-2012, 02:51 PM   #276
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Old 08-06-2012, 03:28 PM   #277
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From NASA,

Shuttle Update for Aug. 6
Mon, 06 Aug 2012 11:36:18 AM EDT

Shuttle Endeavour:

Inside Kennedy's Orbiter Processing Facility-2, the tail cone has been installed around Endeavour's trio of replica shuttle main engines. The aerodynamic tail cone will protect the engines during the upcoming ferry flight to California Science Center in Los Angeles, where Endeavour will go on permanent public display. The flight is scheduled for mid-September.

Shuttle Atlantis:

Shuttle Atlantis is being temporarily stored in the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Atlantis is scheduled to return to Orbiter Processing Facility-2 in August to complete transition and retirement processing. Atlantis is being prepared for public display at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and is scheduled to roll over to the complex in November. The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is targeting a July 2013 grand opening for Atlantis' new home.
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Shuttle Update for Aug. 6
Mon, 06 Aug 2012 11:36:18 AM EDT

Shuttle Endeavour:

Inside Kennedy's Orbiter Processing Facility-2, the tail cone has been installed around Endeavour's trio of replica shuttle main engines. The aerodynamic tail cone will protect the engines during the upcoming ferry flight to California Science Center in Los Angeles, where Endeavour will go on permanent public display. The flight is scheduled for mid-September.

Shuttle Atlantis:

Shuttle Atlantis is being temporarily stored in the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Atlantis is scheduled to return to Orbiter Processing Facility-2 in August to complete transition and retirement processing. Atlantis is being prepared for public display at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and is scheduled to roll over to the complex in November. The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is targeting a July 2013 grand opening for Atlantis' new home.
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Old 08-06-2012, 04:08 PM   #280
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I hope private companies take on space exploration... Then maybe one day we will be like Star Trek.
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Old 08-06-2012, 04:38 PM   #282
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It really is.

Jaren, if I ever met you in person, I have a feeling we'd have a lot to talk about.

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I hope private companies take on space exploration... Then maybe one day we will be like Star Trek.
I want private companies to pick up the slack, but I don't want NASA to go away. I don't know. Maybe I just have an unusual connection to NASA.

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This is amazing.

That picture just amazes me. It was taken on a another planet. And what's also cool, is that it kinda looks like Earth.
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That picture just amazes me. It was taken on a another planet. And what's also cool, is that it kinda looks like Earth.
Looks just like Earth. It's all very astonishing. I can see why you are so interested in this.
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Looks just like Earth. It's all very astonishing. I can see why you are so interested in this.
Cause it's just so cool. Just not knowing what's out there interests me.
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Cause it's just so cool. Just not knowing what's out there interests me.
They say life on a planet is like what a 1/5908563487 chance or something? Well the universe never ends so there can be an unlimited amount of planets. Which that would mean there is bound to be life somewhere. No matter how far. Who knows what other technology is out there. Teleportation, traveling via black holes, invisibility, who knows. It's definitely interesting. Just sucks that there will always be more to learn and questions will always go unanswered.
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There's stuff out there. No doubt about that. Not getting religion involved, but anyone who thinks we're the only species out there needs a reality check.
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Old 08-06-2012, 10:09 PM   #288
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It really is.

Jaren, if I ever met you in person, I have a feeling we'd have a lot to talk about.

I want private companies to pick up the slack, but I don't want NASA to go away. I don't know. Maybe I just have an unusual connection to NASA.

That picture just amazes me. It was taken on a another planet. And what's also cool, is that it kinda looks like Earth.
I bet we would indeed!

NASA is just so nostalgic. It is sad for it to go... But what comes next will be cool too!
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NASA isn't going anywhere. They are currently working on Orion, the spacecraft that will eventually take astronauts beyond LEO. I'll post some pictures for you tomorrow.
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NASA isn't going anywhere. They are currently working on Orion, the spacecraft that will eventually take astronauts beyond LEO. I'll post some pictures for you tomorrow.
It's all going so slowly though. I had hoped we'd be on the moon by the year 2000-2010.

The budget for NASA is tiny, but that gets into politics...so I'll leave it at that. To me, though...this is the most important thing our species should be doing. Spread out human population to different worlds, that way if there ever is a major disaster (comet hitting earth, nuclear war, etc) we don't have all our eggs in one basket.
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It's all going so slowly though. I had hoped we'd be on the moon by the year 2000-2010.

The budget for NASA is tiny, but that gets into politics...so I'll leave it at that. To me, though...this is the most important thing our species should be doing. Spread out human population to different worlds, that way if there ever is a major disaster (comet hitting earth, nuclear war, etc) we don't have all our eggs in one basket.
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Old 08-07-2012, 09:26 AM   #292
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It's all going so slowly though. I had hoped we'd be on the moon by the year 2000-2010.

The budget for NASA is tiny, but that gets into politics...so I'll leave it at that. To me, though...this is the most important thing our species should be doing. Spread out human population to different worlds, that way if there ever is a major disaster (comet hitting earth, nuclear war, etc) we don't have all our eggs in one basket.
NASA should've taken one of two paths;

1. NASA learned in 2004 that the Space Shuttles would be retired in 2010 (Later extended to 2011). They should've started working on a replacement right then and there.

2. Keep at least one orbiter in comission (Most likely Endeavour since she's only 19) while they work on a replacement. That way American would still be in space. That reminds me, NASA was actually trying to let the president let them keep Atlantis and Endeavour in service until Orion was ready. While Discovery was being gutted, Endeavour and Atlantis had a "Do no harm" rule on them. But Obama decided to let the shuttle die. And the rule was lifted. That's about as close as I'll get into politics without getting in trouble.

NASA did neither.

I do totally agree with expanding the human race and exploring space.

The thing that gets me, is when people scold NASA saying that we should have a colony on the moon, humans on Mars, etc. But what they don't take into consideration, is that NASA doesn't have the money to do all that. At least not any time soon. (I'm not pointing my finger at you by the way, I'm just saying in general.) Which is why we're moving at such a slow pace. If more money was set aside for space explorationg well... Then who knows where we'd be.
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Well, the lack of money is a political thing. I'd love to see NASA have a budget similar to what it was in the 60's. It was 5% of the national budget. C'est la vie.

Had we continued with the budget like that, I do believe we would now have a colony on the moon, if not elsewhere. Also, privatizing space should have happened sooner, and will now have to be our way into space. Of course, China and other countries now have the resources to do the same, and may do such a mission before we do.
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Well, the lack of money is a political thing. I'd love to see NASA have a budget similar to what it was in the 60's. It was 5% of the national budget. C'est la vie.

Had we continued with the budget like that, I do believe we would now have a colony on the moon, if not elsewhere. Also, privatizing space should have happened sooner, and will now have to be our way into space. Of course, China and other countries now have the resources to do the same, and may do such a mission before we do.
I'm happy private companies are taking over with LEO because now NASA can direct the budget it manages to get for deep space exploration.
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Space Shuttle Retirement update.

On Monday and Tuesday, Space Shuttle Endeavour had her tail cone moved into place and installed. The tail cone is meant to protect the Replica Shuttle Main Engines and provide aerodynamic stability. Endeavour only has a week of retirement procedures left. Endeavour will swap places with Space Shuttle Atlantis on Thursday. That will conclude Space Shuttle Endeavour's retirement process. Endeavour will sit in the Vehicle Assembly building until September 16th - 18th, weather permitting. Space Shuttle Endeavour is set to leave Kennedy Space Center for the last time September 20th, and land in Los Angeles the next day. Endeavour will then sit in a United Airlines hanger for a couple weeks then make it's 12 mile trek through Los Angeles to the museum. The trek will take at least 2 days.














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