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  • Last Shuttle landing

    17 minutes to deorbit burn. 85 minutes to touchdown.


    Java "End of an era" phile
    Toys! I must have new toys!!!

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    Re: Last Shuttle landing

    Thu, 21 Jul 2011 06:53:05 PM EST

    Space shuttle Atlantis has slowed its speed to lower itself from orbit and descend into the atmosphere for a landing at Kennedy at 5:56 a.m. It is still moving faster than 17,000 mph, but that speed will drop dramatically as the shuttle encounters the thickening air.


    17,000 mph!!!
    ...and thats gliding.

    Im at least a little sad to have not seen a launch, with any luck there is another cold war and govts will spend their defence dollars on the impossible projects instead of killing each other over oil fields. :

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        I just went out the back to have a look as they said it would be visible on the news (6:33 Adelaide Time). Well I think that I saw it .... but then again I also saw another three things moving in the sky .... I am sure one of them must have been it ..... unless the news was lying.

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        • #5
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          Live high def stream: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/ustream.html


          Java "Sad to see it end" phile
          Toys! I must have new toys!!!

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            Originally posted by 003A210C00273A3D38323F3C27530 link=1311237197/3#3 date=1311239751
            I just went out the back to have a look
            I went out too but too much cloud tonight.


            I wonder if the dude in the red yawning knows how many people are watching him?

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              Originally posted by 78575D40390 link=1311237197/5#5 date=1311240371
              I wonder if the dude in the red yawning knows how many people are watching him?
              Thats the CAPCOM Barry Wilmore and Im sure he does and that the yawn was probably for the cameras seeing as it came at the most intense/worrisome part of the final orbit. Re-entry.
              Toys! I must have new toys!!!

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                Stress makes people yawn!

                This is almost too sad to watch.
                I hate the thought that we might be about to give up space.
                Greg

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                • #9
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                  Seriously sad thats the end of a 30 year journey. Kudos to those that made it happen and touched the imagination of this little boy and millions of others.

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                    Originally posted by 4B7E696B5B637E616D60680C0 link=1311237197/7#7 date=1311241535
                    I hate the thought that we might be about to give up space.
                    Indeed. It makes me sad and mad to think that may happen. I certainly hope not! Im surprised and dismayed that weve not yet built a replacement for the shuttles. When we were designing and then making the circuit boards for the first shuttles all those years ago I would have bet almost anything that by now wed have built at least one of not two new generations of manned spacecraft. Of course I also thought wed be working on solar power sats by now as well.
                    :-/


                    Java "Can I have one of my circuit boards back now for my wall?" phile
                    Toys! I must have new toys!!!

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                      And the APUs are off. Sweet dreams Atlantis.


                      Java " " phile
                      Toys! I must have new toys!!!

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                      • #12
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                        It is very sad, I remember as a kid being devastated when I heard they had cancelled the last Apollo mission. Let’s hope the next step is further afield, and includes real explorers once the “bot” ground work has been done.

                        BB

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                          I liked Captain Fergies line: "Elvis has left the building".
                          ...certainly not what I expected him to say leaving the cabin for the last time.

                          I gotta say, Ill never whinge about the time it takes to get a commercial jet hooked-up to the air-bridge again, takes forever to get 4 crew off that flying brick!

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                            It seems impossibly sad that our space exploration will now be confined to the imagination only. SciFi will continue to fuel our dreams of what is out in that final frontier.

                            I never thought that I would see the beginning of an era and the end. I was barely a teenager when the first shuttle took off and I can remember my shock and dismay at the first shuttle disaster. I also wish I had got to see a shuttle launch in real life, all I can hope to do now is wait for the next great adventure and hope to see a retired shuttle in a museum.

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                            • #15
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                              While I suppose there is no substitute for being there.

                              With the modern electronics are there some things that machines that are controlled remotely better for?

                              After all they were built in an era that computers were very different.

                              17,000 MPH is a lot faster than VNE on the gliders I used to fly.

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