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Old 09-09-2013, 12:34 AM   #1751
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You would be correct. You have been picture jacked.....
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What? Working fine on my end.
You are correct, it is a good wall paper and I stole it for my computer. Sorry I wasn't very clear....

It's Sunday and I may or may not have had a couple of beers watching football.
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Old 09-09-2013, 12:46 AM   #1752
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It's Monday on our coast. :P
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Old 09-12-2013, 01:00 PM   #1753
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Time capsule sealed in space shuttle exhibit


At the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida, a space shuttle program time capsule has been installed in a vault within the Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit. (NASA/Jim Grossmann)

September 10, 2013 — NASA's Florida visitor center has dedicated a time capsule filled with memorabilia related to the 30-year space shuttle program. Not to be opened until 2061 — 50 years after the last shuttle mission — the time capsule was sealed in the wall of the building that displays the spacecraft that completed that historic final flight.

A public ceremony to dedicate the time capsule was held Monday (Sept. 9) in the "Space Shuttle Atlantis" exhibit at the NASA's Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. The five-story-tall facility displays the retired orbiter and more than 60 related artifacts and simulators designed to inspire a new generation of space program workers.

The $100 million exhibit opened to the public in June.

A metal plaque featuring a silhouette of an orbiter and the date 2061 marks where the time capsule is installed. "A time capsule created by the space shuttle team honoring the 30-year space shuttle program is sealed behind this wall. It will be unveiled on July 21, 2061, to honor the 50th anniversary of the space shuttle program's final mission [STS-135]."



The time capsule, containing artifacts and mementos related to the shuttle program designated to be opened in 2061, on the 50th anniversary of the shuttle's final landing. (NASA/Jim Grossmann)
The contents of the time capsule were chosen to explain to those who open it in 2061 the significance of the shuttle program through the perspective of what it meant to work at the Kennedy Space Center during the time the orbiters flew.

The first space shuttle, Columbia, lifted off April 12, 1981. The last, Atlantis, landed July 21, 2011. In between those milestones, 133 missions retrieved, repaired and deployed satellites, launched probes to other planets, serviced the Hubble Space Telescope and built the International Space Station.

Among the memorabilia inside the time capsule are:
  • a space shuttle heat shield tile
  • a retrieval pin from the solid rocket boosters
  • a shuttle worker's white overalls and hard hat
  • rocks collected from the crawlerway atop which the shuttle was transported to the launch pad
  • A "Mission Accomplished" toy bear that was made commemorating the final shuttle mission, STS-135 (Atlantis). A bear was created for each of the space shuttle mission.
  • Mission patches for all 135 space shuttle missions
  • A Kennedy Space Center director's challenge coin

Some of the memorabilia that was sealed inside the time capsule to help represent the 30-year space shuttle program. (KSCVC)
Other items that were placed inside the capsule included an employee's ID lanyard; the center's annual report from 2010; photos of the Launch Complex 39 area, from where the shuttle was processed and launched, as it appeared in 1981 and 2011; and NASA pamphlets describing Kennedy as "America's Spaceport."

Kennedy Space Center director Bob Cabana, who flew on four space shuttle missions, said the time capsule was as much about the future as it was the past.

"As important as our past was, our future is what it's all about," Cabana remarked during the dedication ceremony, as reported by Florida Today. "Just imagine where we're going to be 50 years from now?"

Based on its current plans, NASA hopes by 2061 to have launched astronauts to explore an asteroid and to have crews orbiting Mars, if not also by then on their way to the surface of the red planet. If schedules hold, the opening of the capsule will also come more than four decades after the first commercially-built spacecraft delivers astronauts to the International Space Station.


Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana, a shuttle astronaut, speaks at the time capsule ceremony. (NASA/Jim Grossmann)
In August 2011 at a "We Made History" celebration held at the Kennedy Space Center, 426 young "Space Exploration Ambassadors" were nominated to be at the time capsule's opening 50 years later. Patrick Sullivan, who was chosen as one of the ambassadors, attended Monday's dedication ceremony to speak about the history of the space shuttle program and the future of space exploration.
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Old 09-19-2013, 04:25 PM   #1754
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Atlantis commercial.
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Old 09-19-2013, 04:40 PM   #1755
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Old 09-19-2013, 04:41 PM   #1756
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Thanks. The cow and killer whale say hi.
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Old 09-20-2013, 10:12 AM   #1757
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Old 09-20-2013, 12:09 PM   #1758
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My friend's at Intrepid right now.







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Old 09-25-2013, 04:51 PM   #1759
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I know it's not NASA, specifically, but anyone else watching the Russians launch three guys?

http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasat...l#.UkNHSxDTD3Q

Should happen at 3:58pm Central.
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Old 09-26-2013, 09:21 PM   #1760
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Curiosity has just discovered water on Mars.
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Old 09-26-2013, 09:36 PM   #1761
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o rly?
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I spy Columbia damage in the last picture.
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I know it's not NASA, specifically, but anyone else watching the Russians launch three guys?

http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasat...l#.UkNHSxDTD3Q

Should happen at 3:58pm Central.

I love seeing the ISS loaded.
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I spy Columbia damage in the last picture.
Where?
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Old 10-02-2013, 12:27 AM   #1766
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NASA after the furlough.
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Old 10-02-2013, 11:14 AM   #1767
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Due to the government shut down, Space Shuttle Discovery is no longer on public display.
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Was KSCVC affected?
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No. Kennedy Space Center is still running and Space Shuttle Atlantis is still on public display.

However, KSCVC has suspended it's tours of the Kennedy Space Center until the shut down is over.
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I read that 98% of NASA is furloughed until they figure all of this out.
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Yeah a good amount of them are gone. They next Mars mission is in jeopardy.

Luckily, not an ounce of tax dollars go into KSCVC.
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Since Gravity entered theatres today, I figured I'd say a fun fact about Gravity.



In Gravity, the Space Shuttle's name is Space Shuttle Explorer. Therefor, it's not named after a space-worthy Shuttle. But was the director always wanting to name his shuttle 'Explorer'?



The answer to that question would be no.

In Gravity's soundtrack, every song is named after the spacecraft it was showing when the song was playing. For example, one is named "I.S.S." while another is named "Soyuz".

But what is the song called that plays while Space Shuttle Explorer is shown? Not Explorer, but rather "Atlantis".



Space Shuttle Atlantis was the final shuttle to fly during mission STS-135.

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Wonder why they changed it.
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A couple days ago, Space Shuttle Endeavour's hatch was opened at the California Science Center. This is the first time its been opened in a year. Over the next 8 months, the California Science Center will be researching on how to put it's SpaceHAB module into Endeavour's payload bay. While staff were in Endeavour, they were seeing where they could attach SpaceHAB to in Endeavour's payload bay. This will require the payload bay doors to be opened, which is a very hard task to do when not in an Orbiter Processing Facility at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

This is work being done for Endeavour's permanent home, which currently has an opening date of 2018. Endeavour will be lifted vertically and attached to a mock ET and twin SRBs with the one payload bay door opened to allow guests to view the SPaceHAB module inside.
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NASA should be heading back to work soon.
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