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Old 03-25-2013, 09:08 AM   #1242
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Somewhat eerie how at the end, the main sound is the search efforts for the lost crew of STS-51-L.

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Found this clip on youtube and had to post it here. Maybe or maybe you havent seen this but i thought it was awesome.. If you have a really good pair of headphones like beats by dr. dre i recommend using those or really good computer speakers be sure to turn the volume up!.. makes you feel like youre one the shuttle with all the bass!

every time i watch this somehow i can feel the vibration through my body.. weird lol
Love it!
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OMFG I cannot believe I didn't find this before. This is my new favorite section on here. In December of 2006 I was active duty Navy and was sent to Key West on the 7th and was hoping to make it to the night launch but the launch was postponed due to high winds. On December 9th i drove up from Key West to see the launch it was 100% amazing I paid extra to get closer to the launch site. It was one of the KSC options. I refused to take pictures because I wanted to have the experience of the launch. All I can say is there was nothing like it. It was the second biggest moment in my life the first being 9/11.
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Old 03-27-2013, 04:15 PM   #1244
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OMFG I cannot believe I didn't find this before. This is my new favorite section on here. In December of 2006 I was active duty Navy and was sent to Key West on the 7th and was hoping to make it to the night launch but the launch was postponed due to high winds. On December 9th i drove up from Key West to see the launch it was 100% amazing I paid extra to get closer to the launch site. It was one of the KSC options. I refused to take pictures because I wanted to have the experience of the launch. All I can say is there was nothing like it. It was the second biggest moment in my life the first being 9/11.
Welcome! I totally understand why you just wanted to sit back, relax, and enjoy the launch. Watching it on TV does it no justice whatsoever. Nothing beats seeing it in person.

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Hubble's life extended 3 more years.

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Scientists and space junkies got some good news from NASA on Friday: The space agency announced it would keep the Hubble Space Telescope in operation through at least April 30, 2016.
The three-year extension will cost NASA $76 million, according to the announcement. Hubble is operated by the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore through a contract with the Assn. of Universities for Research in Astronomy.
PHOTOS: Hubble's Brilliant Images of Space
Launched in 1990 from the shuttle Discovery, Hubble has contributed to many scientific breakthroughs. My personal favorite is the 1998 discovery that the universe is expanding at an accelerated rate, pushed apart by a mysterious force called dark energy. Cosmologists deduced this by measuring the strength of light from dozens of distant type 1a supernovae and realized that these exploding stars were farther away than had been expected. The scientists behind this discovery (including my college friend Adam Riess) won the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics.
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A measurement of the Hubble constant. This is a number that takes the speed at which a distant galaxy appears to be receding from us and compares it to its actual distance. If you know this, you can figure out how fast the universe is expanding – and thus, how old it is. In 1999, a team of astronomers used Hubble to figure out that the universe is between 12 billion and 14 billion years old. In 2002, another group narrowed the range to 12 billion to 13 billion years. (This week, researchers using the European Space Agency’s Planck space telescope came out with a new estimate of 13.8 billion years based on measurements of the cosmic background radiation, a remnant of the Big Bang.)
How galaxies evolve. The telescope has zeroed in on a tiny region of space known as the Hubble Deep Field, which contains galaxies that were born when the universe was still very young. By examining these smaller galaxies – some as old as 10 billion years – scientists have found important differences between their structures and the spiral and elliptical galaxies near the Milky Way, which are younger. The observations have led scientists to theorize that these early galaxies became the building blocks for the ones that came after, perhaps through mergers and other collisions.
Confirming the existence of supermassive black holes. Hubble’s observations of dozens of galaxies have convinced scientists that such black holes are common in the centers of galaxies, and that their mass is proportional to the mass of the bulge of stars in a galaxy's middle.
Figuring out how planets are formed. Scientists had believed that planets – including those in our own solar system – formed out of the disk of dust and other material that surrounded young stars. In 1994, Hubble provided visual evidence to support this theory, observing that such disks were common around young stars in the Orion Nebula.
Detecting the atmosphere of an exoplanet. When a Jupiter-like planet passed directly in front of its home star, the light from the star was filtered by the planet’s atmosphere. By analyzing the resulting changes, scientists were able to figure out the composition of the exoplanet's atmosphere.
Though still going strong after nearly 23 years, Hubble has a replacement on which scientists are working hard. The James Webb Space Telescope will have a mirror that’s six times bigger, with more than 100 motors to focus it. The new telescope is way over budget and way behind schedule, but NASA officials expect it will launch in 2018.
For a “brief” history of how Hubble came to be, check out this write-up from NASA. The story begins way back in 1946.
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Old 03-27-2013, 04:20 PM   #1246
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Space shuttle Enterprise added to Historic Places registry

March 22, 2013 — Enterprise, NASA's original prototype space shuttle, is now more than just a historic spacecraft. It is a historic place, too.

Located at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City, the test orbiter has been added to the National Register of Historic Places, becoming the first of NASA's retired space shuttles to receive the distinction.

"We are extremely proud to be the home of the space shuttle Enterprise," Susan Marenoff-Zausner, president of the Intrepid, said in a statement. "It is an honor to receive this distinction from the National Park Service."

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the United States' properties that are considered worthy of preservation. Authorized in 1966 as part of the National Historic Preservation Act, the register is part of a national program to coordinate and provide support for public and private efforts to identify, evaluate and protect America's historic and archeological resources.


Space shuttle Enterprise "landing" on board the flight deck of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in June 2012. (cS/Ben Cooper)
Enterprise is a full-scale test craft that was used for flight trials inside the atmosphere and tests on the ground, and paved the way for the subsequent space-worthy orbiters to launch into orbit. In 2012, Enterprise was transferred to its permanent home on board the Intrepid, a converted World War II aircraft carrier that is a National Historic Landmark.

Prior to landing in Manhattan, Enterprise was displayed by the Smithsonian at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, the Virginia annex to the National Air and Space Museum.

Enterprise's exhibit on the Intrepid's flight deck debuted to the public in July 2012. Its environmentally-controlled, air-supported structure was open for only three months when Hurricane Sandy damaged the pavilion beyond repair. The shuttle also sustained minor damage to its tail.

A protective cover and scaffolding was erected above and around Enterprise to assist with the repairs to the orbiter. That temporary shelter was being taken down this week, revealing the repaired Enterprise in preparation for a new display structure to be raised around it.


Temporary scaffolding was raised around Enterprise on the flight deck of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. (Intrepid)
The new space shuttle pavilion is expected to open to the public in early summer.

"We look forward to creating an exciting showcase of the extraordinary history of Enterprise, so that it may continue to educate and inspire the next generation of innovators for years to come," Marenoff-Zausner said.

The Intrepid's application for Enterprise to be considered for the National Register of Historic Places was prepared in September 2012, with letters of endorsement from New York Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, as well as Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and astronauts Robert Crippen, Fred Haise and Richard Truly.

"I am pleased to offer my support for a nomination of the space shuttle Enterprise, OV-101, to the National Register of Historic Places," wrote Truly, who served on board the USS Intrepid as a naval aviator before being selected as a NASA astronaut and piloting Enterprise. "I am proud to be one of only four astronauts to fly this historic spacecraft and I can personally attest to its historic significance."

Enterprise was granted Historic Place status on March 13.


Enterprise pilot Richard "Dick" Truly, as seen at the Intrepid for the debut of space shuttle Enterprise in July 2012. (collectSPACE)
Enterprise is not the only structure from space history to be listed in the registry. The iconic large countdown clock and flag pole located at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida were granted Historic Place status as a combined entity in 2000. In addition, the Saturn V rockets on display in Houston, Texas and Huntsville, Ala. are both registered structures.

Since its creation in 1966, more than 1.4 million buildings, sites, districts, structures and objects have been added to the National Register of Historic Places, providing a link to the United States' heritage at the national, state, and local levels.
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Old 04-12-2013, 02:39 PM   #1247
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Two very important events happened on this day in History.

1) The very first human to ever fly in space is launched on Vostok 1 to Earth orbit, 52 years ago.





Control panel of Vostok 1:



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The space vehicle weighed 10,420 pounds.

This mission marked the true start of the Space race.
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I heard they recently found the first launch that brought data back to earth to earth in the 70's that was lost which belong to Russia.
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And the second event is one that's very personal to me.

Today, 32 years ago, Space Shuttle Columbia launched on the first Space Shuttle mission, STS-1.







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April 12, 2013 — Thirty-two years after NASA's first pair of solid rocket boosters (SRBs) launched the space shuttle's maiden mission, a set of the tall twin rockets has again begun rising over Florida's Cape Canaveral horizon. This time however, the towering rockets are serving as the launch pad for visitors touring the retired space shuttle Atlantis.

On Thursday (April 11), a 200-foot-tall (61 meters) crane continued the erection of two full-size, high-fidelity solid rocket booster replicas, which when vertically mated with a full scale model of an external tank (ET), will form the dramatic, 184-
foot-tall (56 meters) gateway to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex's new home for the space shuttle Atlantis.

The booster models require six stages of assembly, half of which have now been completed. The crane recently hoisted two segments that sit atop the base to be later configured as the cone-shaped booster nozzle also known as the "aft skirt." In the coming weeks, another segment will be added and then topped off with the nose cone. After being raised and placed, workers secure and weld each section.

When completely assembled, the two 12-foot-wide (3.7 meters) rockets will stand 149 feet (45 meters) tall, or half the length of a U.S. football field. The SRBs will support the external fuel tank to be installed beginning in late April.

Once completed, the massive structure will serve as a beacon to guests, visible for miles, particularly when lighted at night. Although the public is accustomed to seeing images of the shuttle orbiter mated to the "stack," this gateway will feature only the twin white boosters and orange external tank, building excitement for the reveal of the authentic Atlantis orbiter inside the exhibit building.

"It is one thing for us to announce details and statistics about the space shuttle Atlantis and its dramatic, 184-foot-tall entrance, but it is quite another to actually be here in person, standing at the foot of these absolutely massive high-fidelity space shuttle components," said Bill Moore, chief operating officer of the Visitor Complex, in a statement. "Starting June 29, visitors will be able to get up close to the boosters and external tank in a way that only NASA personnel have been able to experience before."

Custom fabricator Penwal Industries of California designed and manufactured the model boosters and tank for the Atlantis exhibit, which overall was developed by St. Louis-based PGAV Destinations in partnership with NASA.

The real solid rocket boosters and external tank, which were in use throughout the space shuttle program since its first launch on April 12, 1981, provided the fuel to thrust the orbiters into space. The SRBs burned more than two million pounds of solid fuel as they accelerated the shuttle to 3,500 miles per hour (5633 kilometers per hour) for about two minutes. They were then jettisoned over the ocean to be recovered and used for future missions.

The Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit, which showcases NASA's final orbiter to fly in space, will also feature state-of-the-art multimedia presentations and more than 60 interactive exhibits and simulators to bring to life the complex components and systems behind the spacecraft's engineering. The immersive experience also will shine a spotlight on the achievements made by the shuttle, including the building of the International Space Station and the launch and maintenance of the Hubble Space Telescope.

The 90,000-square-foot Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit is the marquee element of the Visitor Complex's 10-year master plan by Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, which since 1995 has been contracted by NASA to operate the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. The sprawling tourist attraction, including the $100 million Atlantis exhibit, is underwritten through admission and concession sales at no tax payer expense.











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[COMING SOON] "The Next Endeavour"

The same people that brought you "Path to Discovery" will be releasing their final shuttle documentary on May 16th, 2013.

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"The Next Endeavour" follows her final departure from KSC, her historic final stopover at Ellington Field in Houston (including a tour inside the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, NASA 905) and her pit stop at Dryden Flight Research Facility. At 22 minutes, this film is short and sweet compared to last year's "Path to Discovery", but it has far more shuttle and less Max-Q talking. We hope you'll enjoy it!


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Did they do one for Atlantis?
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Did they do one for Atlantis?
Nope. I guess it was too quick and uneventful of a trip to spend a ton of money on.
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Aww. I still remember when you made me watch Path to Discovery.
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The announcement just came in that Space Shuttle Atlantis WILL be unwrapped sometime this week.

Then will begin the procedure of removing her window covers and opening her payload bay.
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