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Old 04-17-2012, 03:39 PM   #1
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Last Flight of Space Shuttle Discovery

It's a pretty sad day here along the Florida Space Coast. The final flight of space shuttle Discovery left this morning headed to Washington DC for it's final resting place in the Smithsonian.
It took off this moring right at sunrise and headed south down the Florida East coast along the beach. There was one T-38 as escort. The sun hadn't had a chance to clear through the clouds on the eastern horizon of the Atlantic.

Once it went past it made a turn around Patrick AFB and headed back north.


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Yep, it's a sad day indeed when we have to hitch a ride with the Russians to the ISS!

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thanks for the pictures
was watching the nasa channel earlier

I suspect it will be replayed often this week I hope
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Old 04-17-2012, 04:20 PM   #4
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Yes, a sad day, but some great pix you got there. Saw the flight around DC on the news...
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since when did we have to depend on any other country for this type of service. makes me ashamed of our govt
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Old 04-17-2012, 05:49 PM   #6
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The shut-down of the space industry and the contracting-out of the ISS rides for the US astronauts was done by the previous administration. It's too late to do anything about it now. Nobody to blame is left in office.
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We were visitng Mt Vernon, VA on the Potomic River today and watched the shuttle/747 and fighter jet escort fly past while we stood on George Washington's front lawn! It was very sureal.
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Thanks for the great pictures, a sad day indeed, all the people that have been employeed since the 60's are now no more, very sad day indeed.
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Extra sad day for me. I worked on the main engine design for several years. (My contribution was a small one, I can assure you.)
Thank goodness I retired before everything hit the skids.
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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.....
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I little fact regarding the cost of preparing and shipping of the shuttle...
It cost eleven million dollars ($11,000,000) to get it to DC, our government agencies couldn't figure out how to transfer the money from one agency to the other so NASA decided to eat the entire cost..... I transfer money between accounts all the time... They could have called me for help.
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I was fortunate enough to get to see and walk thru the very special Boeing 747 that is used to transport the shuttle to its home base when necessary. Did a walk thru twice, in fact, on two different occasions at Edwards AFB open house. Got all the facts and figures concerning weight, speeds,fuel consumption etc from the pilot. Pretty amazing combination of aircraft to say the least. Thanks for posting the pictures.
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Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We both retired from NASA in 2007 and I have some pictures of fly-overs somewhere - Hmmm - where.

However, here is a video of the piggy-back from today over DC and some commentary from a pilot.

Discovery Fly Over

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