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Donger
02-23-2011, 09:11 AM
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110222/ap_on_sc/us_space_shuttle

Live web coverage here: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html

DMAC
02-23-2011, 09:19 AM
5 dudes, one chick.

BigMeatballDave
02-23-2011, 12:06 PM
Is this the final Shuttle mission?

I think the Discovery is supposed to be on display at the Air Force museum just down the road from me. I know one of the Shuttles will be here, just not sure which one.

Donger
02-23-2011, 12:10 PM
Is this the final Shuttle mission?

I think the Discovery is supposed to be on display at the Air Force museum just down the road from me. I know one of the Shuttles will be here, just not sure which one.

No. There will be one more (maybe two) after Discovery.

Donger
02-24-2011, 09:51 AM
Discovery is fully-fueled and weather is looking good.

blaise
02-24-2011, 10:13 AM
If they want the American public to support NASA they should stage a mock space battle with lasers up there. The shuttle could shoot down a fake alien spaceship.

mlyonsd
02-24-2011, 10:14 AM
LOL I swear I looked for a thread on this.

bevischief
02-24-2011, 12:25 PM
There is a private group looking into see if they can keep them flying till the replacement is online.

teedubya
02-24-2011, 12:27 PM
If they want the American public to support NASA they should stage a mock space battle with lasers up there. The shuttle could shoot down a fake alien spaceship.

I'm pretty sure the fake alien ships idea has been tossed around.

Watch the video game that FEMA made for kids to prepare them for aliens and earthquakes.

<iframe title="YouTube video player" width="480" height="390" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/6g2oJiTbnv8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

I have always loved the space shuttle though... I look forward to seeing the new ships soon.

Donger, when are the new ones gonna start launching?

Rausch
02-24-2011, 12:28 PM
There is a private group looking into see if they can keep them flying till the replacement is online.

I'm pretty sure it is...

mnchiefsguy
02-24-2011, 12:28 PM
There is a private group looking into see if they can keep them flying till the replacement is online.

Did not know that? You have any other info on who the group is and what they have planned?

It would be very cool to keep the shuttles running, and if the private sector can do it, limiting the cost to the taxpayer, that would be a bonus.

Jethopper
02-24-2011, 12:30 PM
If they want the American public to support NASA they should stage a mock space battle with lasers up there. The shuttle could shoot down a fake alien spaceship.

Or show Event Horizon on every channel all day

Donger
02-24-2011, 12:39 PM
There is a private group looking into see if they can keep them flying till the replacement is online.

What?

Donger
02-24-2011, 12:41 PM
Wow, I hadn't heard this:

http://dvice.com/archives/2011/02/space-shuttles.php

NASA has already promised its space shuttle fleet to museums after their last launch later this year. Instead, a private company has made a proposal to buy up two of the shuttles and keep them flying commercially.

Most of the people involved in the space shuttle program aren't actually working for NASA. Instead, they're contractors, working for a company called United Space Alliance, which is a partnership between Boeing and Lockheed Martin. USA has thousands employees, and they're the people who do all of the processing and operational work on the space shuttle fleet.

Instead of just packing up the generally reliable and still fully operational shuttle program and firing the vast majority of the people involved, USA is asking NASA to let it take things over and launch Atlantis and Endeavour twice a year carrying commercial cargo starting in 2013. It would be called the Commercial Shuttle Transportation Service, and it would cost only about $1.5 billion a year, some of which would hopefully be offset by the amount of cargo that could be carried on each launch. Plus, there'd likely be room for a couple extra passengers, too.

Part of the reason why this might make sense is that keeping a shuttle or two operational would ensure that the US has operational manned heavy lifting capability to the International Space Station until we can get our next launch system figured out, whether it's a NASA project or, more likely, a commercial system. Retiring the shuttles as planned would leave a gap of several years at the minimum where we'd have to rely on the Russians, and while there's nothing wrong with that, it's always good to have redundancy when you've got a bunch of people up there in a space station with no parachutes.

United Space Alliance recognizes that their its is "very much a long-shot," which it definitely is, and NASA isn't commenting on the concept. Personally I'd love to see the shuttles continue to fly, especially if it means a potentially cheaper civilian ticket to space.

Donger
02-24-2011, 01:06 PM
I have always loved the space shuttle though... I look forward to seeing the new ships soon.

Donger, when are the new ones gonna start launching?

What new ones?

Alton deFlat
02-24-2011, 01:23 PM
I'm hoping to make it to Florida to watch Endeavour launch in April.

Donger
02-24-2011, 01:24 PM
Pumpkin suits being strapped in now. ~2:26 until launch.

BigMeatballDave
02-24-2011, 01:44 PM
What new ones?Ares and Orion.

I think Orion is the crew module and Ares is the launch vehicle.

Demonpenz
02-24-2011, 01:48 PM
Ares and Orion.

I think Orion is the crew module and Ares is the launch vehicle.

Can't Wait

DMAC
02-24-2011, 01:49 PM
Can't Wait

ROFL

Thanks Bart Scott.

Demonpenz
02-24-2011, 01:52 PM
lets go eat a god damn snack

Donger
02-24-2011, 02:39 PM
T-20:00 and holding. This is a built-in hold.

Donger
02-24-2011, 02:49 PM
T-17:30 and counting. Apparently they dinged the crew door closing it and damaged some f*cking tiles...

Donger
02-24-2011, 02:51 PM
T-15:00 and counting. One hour to launch.

Donger
02-24-2011, 02:53 PM
LMAO

They duct taped the damaged tile.

ClevelandBronco
02-24-2011, 02:53 PM
5 dudes, one chick.

Got a link? All I see on Donger's links is an antique space vehicle.

Donger
02-24-2011, 02:56 PM
Got a link? All I see on Donger's links is an antique space vehicle.

Yeah she's old, but she's only got 142,917,535 miles on her.

ClevelandBronco
02-24-2011, 02:58 PM
Yeah she's old, but she's only got 142,917,535 miles on her.

And they're all long-distance miles. Minimal commuter use.

Donger
02-24-2011, 02:58 PM
T-9:00 and holding. This is the last built-in hold. Clock will run again around 4:41pm EST.

LocoChiefsFan
02-24-2011, 03:10 PM
Is this the final Shuttle mission?

I think the Discovery is supposed to be on display at the Air Force museum just down the road from me. I know one of the Shuttles will be here, just not sure which one.

This IS the Discoverys 39th and final mission.

Donger
02-24-2011, 03:29 PM
Range is RED. Need to reboot a PC!

Alton deFlat
02-24-2011, 03:34 PM
Range is RED. Need to reboot a PC!

The PC probably locked up, because they were watching the maple syrup fight at Denny's on youtube.

Donger
02-24-2011, 03:36 PM
The PC probably locked up, because they were watching the maple syrup fight at Denny's on youtube.

"If NASA used Macs, this wouldn't be necessary at all."

/Applefanboy

Alton deFlat
02-24-2011, 03:37 PM
This IS the Discoverys 39th and final mission.

Yep.

Here are some facts.

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/02/24/space-shuttle-discovery-numbers-nearly-27-years-nasas-space-workhorse/

and a link to live stream, ICYI

http://www.cnn.com/video/flashLive/live.html?stream=stream3&hpt=T2

Donger
02-24-2011, 03:42 PM
T-9:00 and counting. If they haven't fixed teh range issue by T-5:00, they'll hold there.

Donger
02-24-2011, 03:43 PM
T-8:00

Donger
02-24-2011, 03:44 PM
Retract orbiter access arm (T-7 minutes, 30 seconds)

Alton deFlat
02-24-2011, 03:45 PM
I think they have a fairly small window in which to launch. Like 5 minutes after the scheduled launch. Hopefully, the computer problem gets repaired soon.

DMAC
02-24-2011, 03:46 PM
sittin at 5

Donger
02-24-2011, 03:46 PM
F*ck. T-5:00 and holding

Donger
02-24-2011, 03:48 PM
1:30 left or it's a scrub

Alton deFlat
02-24-2011, 03:48 PM
Sounding good for launch.

Donger
02-24-2011, 03:48 PM
Yahoo! Fixed!

Donger
02-24-2011, 03:49 PM
Range is GO!

Donger
02-24-2011, 03:49 PM
T-5:00 and counting. APU start

cdirty
02-24-2011, 03:49 PM
ahhhh.

too many countdowns!!! haha.

LocoChiefsFan
02-24-2011, 03:50 PM
15 seconds left in todays launch window and the get the go ahead!! Thats crazy!!

Donger
02-24-2011, 03:50 PM
Three good APUs

T-4:00

Donger
02-24-2011, 03:50 PM
Helium purge of main engines. Flight control check

Donger
02-24-2011, 03:51 PM
Beanie cap retract

mikey23545
02-24-2011, 03:52 PM
Time for me to get to the front yard with my camera.

Donger
02-24-2011, 03:52 PM
Crew close and lock visors.

Donger
02-24-2011, 03:52 PM
Time for me to get to the front yard with my camera.

:grr:

Donger
02-24-2011, 03:53 PM
Going to internal power.

Donger
02-24-2011, 03:54 PM
Auto sequence start

Donger
02-24-2011, 03:54 PM
Main engine start

Donger
02-24-2011, 03:54 PM
SRB ignition and liftoff!

Donger
02-24-2011, 03:54 PM
Tower clear, roll

kstater
02-24-2011, 03:54 PM
Did it blow up? I like fireworks.

Donger
02-24-2011, 03:55 PM
Roll complete, MAX Q

Donger
02-24-2011, 03:55 PM
Throttle up

Donger
02-24-2011, 03:56 PM
SRB sep, 2600mph 24 miles up

Donger
02-24-2011, 03:57 PM
3,200 mph 37 miles up

Alton deFlat
02-24-2011, 03:57 PM
Still looks cool after all those launches.

Donger
02-24-2011, 03:57 PM
OMs engines burning

Donger
02-24-2011, 03:57 PM
Press to ATO

Donger
02-24-2011, 03:58 PM
4700 mph 50 up

Negative return

Donger
02-24-2011, 03:58 PM
5200 mph 62 miles up

LiveSteam
02-24-2011, 03:59 PM
Why is it ,that this is the last ?
Its bull shit if you ask me.

Donger
02-24-2011, 03:59 PM
6200 mph 66 miles

KCUnited
02-24-2011, 03:59 PM
Full fap a go, awaiting climax.

Donger
02-24-2011, 04:00 PM
Single engine OPS 3

Donger
02-24-2011, 04:01 PM
Going heads-up.

Single engine Saragossa

4th and Long
02-24-2011, 04:01 PM
Throttle up
That phrase always makes me cringe.

"Challenger, go with throttle up."

"Rodger. Go with throttle up."

http://www.thestuffreview.com/gambar/Challenger_explosion.jpg

Donger
02-24-2011, 04:01 PM
Press to MECO

Donger
02-24-2011, 04:01 PM
That phrase always makes me cringe.

"Challenger, go with throttle up."

"Rodger. Go with throttle up."

http://www.thestuffreview.com/gambar/Challenger_explosion.jpg

Roger, not Rodger.

Donger
02-24-2011, 04:02 PM
12,700 mph

burt
02-24-2011, 04:02 PM
We got to the front yard in time to see it!

Donger
02-24-2011, 04:02 PM
Engines throttling back, 14,000 mph

4th and Long
02-24-2011, 04:02 PM
Roger, not Rodger.
:grr:

Donger
02-24-2011, 04:03 PM
MECO! ET sep!

Donger
02-24-2011, 04:03 PM
She's in orbit, folks!

Donger
02-24-2011, 04:03 PM
OMs burn not required.

KCUnited
02-24-2011, 04:04 PM
Climax achieved, tissues to bellybutton invoked.

Donger
02-24-2011, 04:05 PM
And, I'm spent.

http://images1.fanpop.com/images/photos/1800000/austin-powes-austin-powers-1876695-480-415.jpg

Donger
02-24-2011, 04:06 PM
:grr:

LMAO

mikey23545
02-24-2011, 04:07 PM
http://img25.imageshack.us/img25/6154/p1010134uh.jpg (http://img25.imageshack.us/i/p1010134uh.jpg/)


http://img12.imageshack.us/img12/6559/p1010131e.jpg (http://img12.imageshack.us/i/p1010131e.jpg/)


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4th and Long
02-24-2011, 04:08 PM
LMAO
:p

Donger
02-24-2011, 04:08 PM
Why is it ,that this is the last ?
Its bull shit if you ask me.

There's at least one more launch after this.

Basically, the shuttle has become a cargo ship for ISS. While it's neat, the Russians can do it with their birds.

I really DON'T like that we have to rely on them, however, until we get our new birds ready to fly.

Donger
02-24-2011, 04:09 PM
http://img25.imageshack.us/img25/6154/p1010134uh.jpg (http://img25.imageshack.us/i/p1010134uh.jpg/)


http://img12.imageshack.us/img12/6559/p1010131e.jpg (http://img12.imageshack.us/i/p1010131e.jpg/)


http://img7.imageshack.us/img7/9982/p1010132kh.jpg (http://img7.imageshack.us/i/p1010132kh.jpg/)


http://img7.imageshack.us/img7/9982/p1010132kh.jpg (http://img7.imageshack.us/i/p1010132kh.jpg/)

I hate you.

mikey23545
02-24-2011, 04:10 PM
I hate you.

Too bad I didn't tape record that rumble...I would have posted that too.

Rausch
02-24-2011, 04:14 PM
The fact that we no longer feel a need to fund NASA does not mean that we won't be in space...

burt
02-24-2011, 04:14 PM
Too bad I didn't tape record that rumble...I would have posted that too.

The vapor trail was very faint by the time it crossed here. I wish I'd had a camara handy.

Donger
02-24-2011, 04:15 PM
The vapor trail was very faint by the time it crossed here. I wish I'd had a camara handy.

:spock:

Aren't you the Gulf coast?

Hydrae
02-24-2011, 04:15 PM
God speed and safe trip to the astronauts.

mikey23545
02-24-2011, 04:17 PM
All kidding aside, Donger, it's great to see someone else who is as excited by space travel as I am.

I've lived in Florida my whole life, and I've seen so much history...Everything from man starting off for the moon, to space probes heading for the farthest planets, to shuttles that touched the cold of space over and over...

Rausch
02-24-2011, 04:18 PM
There's at least one more launch after this.

Basically, the shuttle has become a cargo ship for ISS. While it's neat, the Russians can do it with their birds.

I really DON'T like that we have to rely on them, however, until we get our new birds ready to fly.

It's not so much that we have to as that we CAN...

mikey23545
02-24-2011, 04:31 PM
Long story short her and my uncle worked on a number of NASA projects.


I have no doubt at all that we're still very active in space exploration...:evil:

I see you're going to make me beg, huh? LMAO

Rausch
02-24-2011, 04:33 PM
I see you're going to make me beg, huh? LMAO

There won't be much to watch anymore where you're at...:evil:

mikey23545
02-24-2011, 04:35 PM
There won't be much to watch anymore where you're at...:evil:

Time to sharpen the nuthooks, I see...

mikey23545
02-24-2011, 04:35 PM
White Sands?

mikey23545
02-24-2011, 04:36 PM
Vandenberg?

Donger
02-24-2011, 04:36 PM
There won't be much to watch anymore where you're at...:evil:

I'm NOT moving to California.

mikey23545
02-24-2011, 04:39 PM
I'm NOT moving to California.

Why, is living at the Trinity test site that exciting?

Rausch
02-24-2011, 04:43 PM
Why, is living at the Trinity test site that exciting?

LMAO

Donger
02-24-2011, 04:54 PM
Why, is living at the Trinity test site that exciting?

I never need to apply self-tanner. So, I've got that going for me. Which is nice.

-King-
02-24-2011, 06:55 PM
How much would a shuttle even cost? 2 billion? More?
Posted via Mobile Device

mlyonsd
02-24-2011, 07:03 PM
I DVR'd it and just got to watch.

Did you see that giant hunk of crap come off the main fuel tank and bounce down off the bottom of the shuttle? Couldn't tell if anything hit the wings.

Donger
02-24-2011, 08:28 PM
I DVR'd it and just got to watch.

Did you see that giant hunk of crap come off the main fuel tank and bounce down off the bottom of the shuttle? Couldn't tell if anything hit the wings.

When? T+?

Donger
02-24-2011, 08:29 PM
Gerstenmaier noted, and video showed, four pieces of foam tearing apart from the shuttle about four minutes into launch. But the NASA administrator called these incidents "typical" and likely harmless, since they came off "after the area of concern" when the atmosphere was so thin to make its impact negligible.

http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/02/24/nasa.shuttle/index.html?hpt=T2

mlyonsd
02-24-2011, 09:29 PM
Gerstenmaier noted, and video showed, four pieces of foam tearing apart from the shuttle about four minutes into launch. But the NASA administrator called these incidents "typical" and likely harmless, since they came off "after the area of concern" when the atmosphere was so thin to make its impact negligible.

http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/02/24/nasa.shuttle/index.html?hpt=T2 (http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/02/24/nasa.shuttle/index.html?hpt=T2)

Sorry I missed your previous post.

I was just amazed such a chunk visibly flew off and nothing was said.

It would stand to reason if a chunk came off lower in the atmosphere it would act more like a bullet. I've just never seen it actually happen real time.

Otter
02-26-2011, 06:13 AM
Not really deserving of a new thread so posting it here:

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JBucc
02-27-2011, 02:45 PM
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Been posted?

Donger
02-28-2011, 09:13 AM
<iframe title="YouTube video player" width="640" height="390" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/GE_USPTmYXM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Been posted?

Now THAT is f*cking awesome. It's amazing how quickly she goes from vertical to chasing the Earth.

BigMeatballDave
02-28-2011, 09:16 AM
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Been posted?Holy crap, that is one of the coolest things I've ever seen. If I was on that plane, I surely wouldve JIMP.

Donger
03-09-2011, 08:38 AM
Scheduled landing today at KSC @ 11:57am EST.

mlyonsd
03-09-2011, 08:40 AM
The weather here has been crappy the entire time Discovery was undocked from the ISS. Would have been cool to see it fly over one more time. Bummer.

Donger
03-09-2011, 08:42 AM
The weather here has been crappy the entire time Discovery was undocked from the ISS. Would have been cool to see it fly over one more time. Bummer.

There are two more flights coming up this year. Endeavor flies next month, I think.

mlyonsd
03-09-2011, 08:43 AM
There are two more flights coming up this year. Endeavor flies next month, I think.

Yup....April. Being rolled out today.

Alton deFlat
03-09-2011, 08:46 AM
There are two more flights coming up this year. Endeavor flies next month, I think.

Yea, it's scheduled for the 19th. I'm making plans to go down there to see the launch.

Reerun_KC
03-09-2011, 08:48 AM
Now THAT is f*cking awesome. It's amazing how quickly she goes from vertical to chasing the Earth.

There isnt anything better than avaition... that has to be the pinnical of flight...

Donger
03-09-2011, 08:52 AM
Looks like she'll be landing on runway 15 today at the SLF. Fun fact: that runway is 15,000 feet long and almost four feet thick at the center line.

MIAdragon
03-09-2011, 09:01 AM
Yea, it's scheduled for the 19th. I'm making plans to go down there to see the launch.

Spend the money and buy causeway tickets, just make sure you get a parking pass. I was at this one but I think I will go to the next as well.

Donger
03-09-2011, 09:04 AM
Sounds like the landing is a go. One last orbit and then she'll de-orbit burn over the Pacific.

Donger
03-09-2011, 09:20 AM
30 minutes until OMS burn.

Donger
03-09-2011, 09:53 AM
Both OMS engines firing, slowing Discovery for de-orbit.

Donger
03-09-2011, 09:55 AM
Burn complete. She's coming home.

Donger
03-09-2011, 10:04 AM
20 minutes from re-entry interface. Passing over Australia right now. 53 minutes from landing.

Donger
03-09-2011, 10:26 AM
Re-entry interface. 400,000 feet. 17,000 mph.

Donger
03-09-2011, 10:28 AM
Mach 24. 65 miles up.

Alton deFlat
03-09-2011, 10:29 AM
Spend the money and buy causeway tickets, just make sure you get a parking pass. I was at this one but I think I will go to the next as well.

Thanks for the advice. We're gonna try to do that. There is also something called Gator Tours. Do you know anything about them?

Donger
03-09-2011, 10:35 AM
Beginning S-turns.

Donger
03-09-2011, 10:37 AM
21 minutes to landing. Approaching coast of Nicaragua.

http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRGaJhitU0T5lT2IvpJPq-NXwvgCyBjle2czCz77IiHfbCbqR4k

Donger
03-09-2011, 10:38 AM
14,000 mph. 40 miles up.

Donger
03-09-2011, 10:41 AM
11,700 mph. 35 miles up.

Donger
03-09-2011, 10:44 AM
Discovery passing the west coast of Cuba. 8,000 mph. Will cross the Florida coast near Tampa.

Donger
03-09-2011, 10:47 AM
Dang, 20 knot head-wind for landing.

Alton deFlat
03-09-2011, 10:47 AM
10 minutes until landing.

Donger
03-09-2011, 10:48 AM
Over Florida. 8 minutes out. 22 miles up.

Donger
03-09-2011, 10:50 AM
Still going 2,000 mph. Taking air data.

Donger
03-09-2011, 10:52 AM
On energy.

mlyonsd
03-09-2011, 10:53 AM
Pretty sad actually.

Donger
03-09-2011, 10:53 AM
Going sub-sonic.

Donger
03-09-2011, 10:54 AM
Sonic booms.

Donger
03-09-2011, 10:54 AM
On at the 180

Donger
03-09-2011, 10:55 AM
4 miles up, 450 mph.

Donger
03-09-2011, 10:57 AM
Final approach. Gear down.

Donger
03-09-2011, 10:57 AM
Main gear down.

Donger
03-09-2011, 10:57 AM
Chute deploy. Nose gear down.

Donger
03-09-2011, 10:57 AM
Welcome home, Discovery!

Alton deFlat
03-09-2011, 11:01 AM
Discovery spent a total of 365 days in space.

Alton deFlat
03-10-2011, 03:13 PM
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Donger
03-10-2011, 04:53 PM
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Damn, I'm really going to miss them fly. I love seeing "the nod" before the SRBs are released. I remember reading that up in the crew module, the ship actually pitches down something like six FEET under the power of the main engines firing but still being held on the pad.

Alton deFlat
03-21-2011, 08:58 AM
Got our tickets on Friday, to view the launch of Endeavor in April. We'll get to see it from the causeway. Can't wait.

allen_kcCard
03-21-2011, 11:24 AM
I was able to see the shuttle on vacation this past week. Went to cocoa beach and it was relly cool to see, even if from that far off.

Speaking of which, did you guys hear about the guy that fell off the launch platform and died?

http://english.ruvr.ru/2011/03/15/47414111.html

Alton deFlat
04-04-2011, 12:46 PM
Well shit, the launch has been delayed.

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/main/

My tickets to see the launch are still good, but I had to change my hotel and rental car reservations through expedia this morning. They pinched me for an extra $150.00. :cuss: Oh well! Need to make changes in my flight now.