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Decommissioning the Space Shuttles - PIX!

  1. Apr 16, 2012 #1

    DaveC426913

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    dlgoff

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    Decommissioning. :cry:

    They can park one at my place anytime.
     
  4. Apr 16, 2012 #3

    jhae2.718

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    Much as I hate to see the STS go, being limited to LEO for 30 years was not a good thing.
     
  5. Apr 17, 2012 #4

    lisab

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    My sentiment exactly.
     
  6. Apr 17, 2012 #5

    Borg

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    I posted the following in the Great Outdoors thread before I saw this one.

    The shuttle Discovery arrived in Washington DC today. It did several passes over the Potomac which I was fortunate enough to photograph. Enjoy.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-PwoSkAqgw

    Shuttle.jpg

    Shuttle2.jpg

    ShuttleCropped.jpg
     
  7. Apr 17, 2012 #6
    And mine. :(
     
  8. Apr 17, 2012 #7
    What's that little plane next to it in Borg's first picture? Is that a fighter jet? Or is that the NASA symbol on its... back fin thingy... I should know that word >.>

    also: man those things are dirty!
     
  9. Apr 17, 2012 #8

    Borg

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    That was the T-38 escort plane. [STRIKE]Probably an F-18[/STRIKE].
     
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    I thought it was an F-5 Tiger.
     
  12. Apr 17, 2012 #11

    Pengwuino

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    Bye bye spacemobile.
     
  13. Apr 17, 2012 #12

    Borg

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    My bad. I started searching for T-34 for some reason. I guess that I'm mixing tanks and airplanes. :rolleyes: When I seached Google for NASA chase plane, some F-18s came up that looked similar. It still didn't seem right to me though.
     
  14. Apr 17, 2012 #13

    Ivan Seeking

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    Awesome photos, Borg!

    I have mixed feelings about NASA and the shuttle program, but seeing the old bird retired brings a tear to my eye. In many ways it is a very sad day.

    I still remember the first launch very clearly. I had just had the old style surgery for a double hernia and was off for six weeks. There was nothing to do but take good drugs and watch all of the preparations for launch - including the airing of every piece of space film that could be found in the archives. It was sooooooo cool. It wasn't like now where you can just find a video clip. Many of those films had only been seen once or a few times by the public. Others had never been shown publically at all. I was extremely happy that I had popped a hernia and had to be off of work. What luck!!! :biggrin:

    Heh, the scars from the surgery have lasted longer than the shuttle program. I still have a happy face.
     
  15. Apr 21, 2012 #14

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    From AIAA - Weather Postpones Shuttle Enterprise Flight to New York

    04.20.12 - NASA's planned flight to New York City of space shuttle Enterprise atop the 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) has been postponed until further notice due to an unfavorable weather forecast for Monday, April 23.
     
  16. Apr 21, 2012 #15

    jhae2.718

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    The T-38 is the trainer version of the F-5.
     
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