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Old 04-18-2012, 09:33 AM   #15
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Old 04-18-2012, 01:37 PM   #16
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Yep, it's a sad day indeed when we have to hitch a ride with the Russians to the ISS
Couldn't agree more!

since when did we have to depend on any other country for this type of service. makes me ashamed of our govt
Couldn't agree more! But I'm always ashamed of our Government for many more things than this!

True that the prior administration transitioned the shuttle to retirement, but the current one killed the return to the moon. Plenty of blame to go around.....
This kind of thing was done so we could have more free hand out money to go around!

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Old 04-19-2012, 06:17 AM   #17
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Today's (April 19, 2012) APOD is the last flight of the shuttle.

Astronomy Picture of the Day

If you read this after 4/19, then at the bottom of the page is a calendar link.

It will lead you to all the past APOD's.
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Old 04-20-2012, 12:40 PM   #18
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Does anybody know the percent of power (throttles) used in straight and level flight?
And the altitude flown from FL to D.C. ?

Just wondering.

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Old 04-21-2012, 12:45 PM   #19
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In clean configuration, with the slats and flaps retracted, the former American Airlines 747 that was transporting the shuttle was most likely at 55% N1 @ 220 knots.
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Old 04-21-2012, 05:42 PM   #20
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What RovinOn said X2!!!! And the photos are great!!

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Old 04-21-2012, 07:02 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by MSHappyCampers
Yep, it's a sad day indeed when we have to hitch a ride with the Russians to the ISS!
WUSA (Washington, DC channel 9) reporter Kristen Fisher was interviewing spectators on the National Mall during the Discovery flyover. With her was her mother, Dr. Anna Fisher who has flown on Discovery. Here's a link to video of one of her interviews:


Pretty sad, indeed.

The son of a close acquaintance of mine is currently an astronaut awaiting his first mission on the International Space Station. He'll be leaving soon to continue his Russian language training at the Baikonur Cosmodrome.

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Old 04-22-2012, 03:59 PM   #22
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The last shuttle flight will depart from Florida this September for it's final resting place in California. Hopefully I'll be able to get some pictures of that flight, too. That flight will officially be the last time a shuttle flies.
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Old 04-23-2012, 02:24 AM   #23
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Very sad! My father was an engineer on the Shuttle from its inception at North American Aviation at Palmdale from its inception in the 60's. In the early 70's, I was fortunate to tour the full mockup at the plant in Seal Beach. What amazing technology for that era. It's a shame to canx but a bigger shame to have to rely on the Ruskies for our space program.

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