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Fire Haley
05-11-2009, 05:23 PM
Have we become that jaded?

I got to see one up close a couple years ago, from inside the Cape, and it's an awesome sight. If you can't feel the sense of wonder, you might as well crawl back into your caves and let the shamans tell you about the world from the shadows on the cave walls.

fire rockets into the sky - it's a boys dream

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/fe/ShuttleAtlantis_launch.jpg/436px-ShuttleAtlantis_launch.jpg


Now, I suck at math - so I quit rockets at a very early age, probably before birth


But my amazement of how chemical energy is transferred into forward motion was never diminished.

An anthropomorphic view would say that even the aliens must be impressed with our death-defying feats of flaming rocket plumes.


We will spread our seed to stars yet, you bastards.

Hammer Of The GODS
05-11-2009, 05:48 PM
Why should the media report on something of true interest when they can tell us what the new first lady is wearing?

Who wouldn't love to get shot into space on a rocket? Beam me up Scotty!

Borski
05-11-2009, 06:20 PM
Fox was reporting it, they showed only shuttle coverage from about 5 minutes before it launched til it was in space for a few minutes and released the extrenal tank.

MasterOfPuppets
05-11-2009, 09:48 PM
look at all that pollution...:shake01:

tony hipchest
05-11-2009, 10:44 PM
i hate to say this, but the shuttle program jumped the shark many years ago as far as entertainment value is concerned.

watching it launch or land is akin to watching the plumber's van drive down an icy road to go snake a neighbors toilet.

i mean, hell... the shuttle cant even land on the moon. :doh:

and look at it. its all white with a black underbelly. it just screams for giant #88 decals and sunoco fuel stickers slapped on that blank canvas.

what the shuttle program desperately needs is a trip to the moon. have a 9 minute britney spears concert while the astronauts undock, and then televise a giant mt. dew flag being planted on the surface.

be sure to have a live video feed of aerosmith playing "dont wanna close my eyes" as the 'nauts return back to earth.

:hunch: but then again, we are talkin about govt money, so we know it wont be spent practically.

fansince'76
05-11-2009, 10:46 PM
i hate to say this, but the shuttle program jumped the shark many years ago as far as entertainment value is concerned.

watching it launch or land is akin to watching the plumber's van drive down an icy road to go snake a neighbors toilet.

i mean, hell... the shuttle cant even land on the moon. :doh:

and look at it. its all white with a black underbelly. it just screams for giant #88 decals and sunoco fuel stickers slapped on that blank canvas.

what the shuttle program desperately needs is a trip to the moon. have a 9 minute britney spears concert while the astronauts undock, and then televise a giant mt. dew flag being planted on the surface.

be sure to have a live video feed of aerosmith playing "dont wanna close my eyes" as the 'nauts return back to earth.

:hunch: but then again, we are talkin about govt money, so we know it wont be spent practically.

It's still something to behold in person, though. I watched a launch in person right outside of Cape Kennedy once back in the late '90s when I was visiting relatives and it was something - the sonic boom was really cool.

tony hipchest
05-11-2009, 11:11 PM
It's still something to behold in person, though. I watched a launch in person right outside of Cape Kennedy once back in the late '90s when I was visiting relatives and it was something - the sonic boom was really cool.while i agree, i was more or less making comedic satire on modern day society.

(although with these f-22's flying around i can do w/o the sonic booms)

MasterOfPuppets
05-12-2009, 12:03 AM
while i agree, i was more or less making comedic satire on modern day society.

(although with these f-22's flying around i can do w/o the sonic booms)

i thought maybe you were smokin payote and havin visions again.....:doh:

Fire Haley
05-12-2009, 12:31 AM
I just like the purty pictures

http://imgsrc.hubblesite.org/hu/db/images/hs-2009-21-a-web.jpg

SteelersinCA
05-12-2009, 12:56 AM
I can't turn off the NASA channel while we have a shuttle in the air.

revefsreleets
05-12-2009, 07:52 AM
Saw it launch several times when I lived in Florida, even a couple night launches which is spectacular even from 50 miles away.

When I lived in Clermont the shuttle landing would break the sound barrier (slowing down) right around our house. Still the loudest thing I have ever experienced (and I have sat in row two at turn one in Bristol!)

steelreserve
05-12-2009, 10:41 AM
Who cares about the space program or science? That's not important. I want to hear more about T.O.

SteelersinCA
05-12-2009, 01:04 PM
Saw it launch several times when I lived in Florida, even a couple night launches which is spectacular even from 50 miles away.

When I lived in Clermont the shuttle landing would break the sound barrier (slowing down) right around our house. Still the loudest thing I have ever experienced (and I have sat in row two at turn one in Bristol!)

We get the unfortunate pleasure of hearing the sonic boom in San Diego whenever the shuttle lands at Edwards. I only saw unfortunate because Edwards is the back up landing. It is awesome!

Indo
05-12-2009, 01:34 PM
I have never seen it launch...

But there IS something exceedingly cool about the idea of having your @ss strapped to a hunk of metal with ignited liquid oxygen less than 50 feet away from you pushing you fast enough to break the force of gravity

I would gladly give my left (or right) 'nad to be able to do it

tony hipchest
05-12-2009, 01:40 PM
I have never seen it launch...

But there IS something exceedingly cool about the idea of having your @ss strapped to a hunk of metal with ignited liquid oxygen less than 50 feet away from you pushing you fast enough to break the force of gravity

I would gladly give my left (or right) 'nad to be able to do iti agree.

and as long as it was by a surgeon and not a tiger or chain link fence or something, i would definitely consider it.

the astronaut farmer is a pretty cool movie, and i can watch Apollo 13 over and over.

i saw the shuttle once strapped on a 747 at vandenberg afb. unfortunately i was there at the time it landed here at white sands.

we used to go to the beach all the time and watch riockets launch sattelites into space though. it is cool. many times when they would launch at night you wouldnt know if it was a rocket or mild earthquake.

SteelersinCA
05-12-2009, 01:48 PM
Yeah the sonic boom rattles the ground that's for sure.

revefsreleets
05-12-2009, 02:32 PM
I think we should scrap the space program and give the money to welfare recipients so they can buy bigger HDTV's and drink more 40's.

Seriously, anyone who thinks the space program is a waste is a waste of space themselves. The space program is DIRECTLY involved in the creation/invention of:

TV satellite dishes
Medical Imaging
Vision screening systems
Thermometers
Fire suits for firemen
Smoke detectors
Welding mask glass
Automobile design computer programs
Cordless tools
Aerodynamics on multiple applications
Thermal gloves and boots
Shock absorbing helmets
Ski boots
Fail safe flashlights
Invisible braces
Joysticks
Advanced plastics/ceramics

To name but a few things. There are hundreds more.

SteelersinCA
05-12-2009, 02:37 PM
Make sure you explain to them that satellite TV means Sunday Ticket, they'll get it then.

Fire Haley
05-12-2009, 02:38 PM
They got keyed...

http://www.spaceflightnow.com/news/images/ni0905/12obss_400.jpg

Minor tile damage found during Atlantis inspections

Engineers at the Johnson Space Center are evaluating a small area of tile damage on the forward part of the shuttle Atlantis' right wing where it joins the ship's fuselage. The nicked tiles, apparently damaged during launch by a debris impact around 106 seconds after liftoff, were spotted during an ongoing heat shield inspection by the Atlantis astronauts.

http://www.spaceflightnow.com/

TampaSteelerFan
05-12-2009, 02:45 PM
Shuttle launches are great to attend in Port Canaveral, especially the night launches which end up being like giant tailgate parties. Don't hate on the Space Shuttle!

SCSTILLER
05-12-2009, 02:49 PM
Saw it launch several times when I lived in Florida, even a couple night launches which is spectacular even from 50 miles away.[QUOTE]

Me and my girlfriend at the time were walking one night on the beach up here (from fla) in Charleston, SC and we could see the shuttle streaking into space all the way up here. It was rather impressive to see it!

[QUOTE=Killer;604968]They got keyed...

http://www.spaceflightnow.com/news/images/ni0905/12obss_400.jpg

Minor tile damage found during Atlantis inspections

Engineers at the Johnson Space Center are evaluating a small area of tile damage on the forward part of the shuttle Atlantis' right wing where it joins the ship's fuselage. The nicked tiles, apparently damaged during launch by a debris impact around 106 seconds after liftoff, were spotted during an ongoing heat shield inspection by the Atlantis astronauts.

http://www.spaceflightnow.com/

Oh, I bet there are some buttholes puckered right now. I read that they started carrying spares on board and/or ways to repair damaged tiles after the Columbia? incident, so hopefully they will be able to fix them with no problems.

SteelersinCA
05-12-2009, 03:08 PM
That's going to be lots of spacewalking, I think they are already scheduled for 5.

MasterOfPuppets
05-12-2009, 04:27 PM
i agree.

and as long as it was by a surgeon and not a tiger or chain link fence or something
:busted::busted::busted: hey hold up there pal.....aren't you the one who expressed the desire to experience being mauled by an animal ? :popcorn:

Fire Haley
05-12-2009, 07:11 PM
Saw it launch several times when I lived in Florida


I spent a month on the Cape on a berm with my unit providing radar coverage for the site's 1st launch right after 9/11.

got to get up pretty close before the launch, but it gets up there pretty fast, like a bottle rocket

http://i215.photobucket.com/albums/cc283/usagold/Image38-1.jpg

http://i215.photobucket.com/albums/cc283/usagold/Image21.jpg

http://i215.photobucket.com/albums/cc283/usagold/Image54.jpg

steelwall
05-12-2009, 07:24 PM
Our shuttle program is doing alot of reasearch in different areas, to try and learn more about living/composition of space debris' planitary composition/ dedectling solar systems and new planets, using formulas that do not require an ICBM to get people into space....

Lemmings = "I wanna know where life on mars is.... I wanna see what the moon looks like again aad I want wnna moon rock!!!! or lets go to the moon 'for real' this time....

IMO...Nasa is way underfunded.... and is an important part of America's super power status.... Cut out the pork and put our tax dollars in programs that have the potential to change the world as we know it..

steelwall
05-12-2009, 07:24 PM
I spent a month on the Cape on a berm with my unit providing radar coverage for the site's 1st launch right after 9/11.

got to get up pretty close before the launch, but it gets up there pretty fast, like a bottle rocket


http://i215.photobucket.com/albums/cc283/usagold/Image54.jpg

KIller pic man!

Fire Haley
05-12-2009, 07:48 PM
Thanks Mr. Taxpayer - we stayed at the Cocoa Beach Hilton.

http://i215.photobucket.com/albums/cc283/usagold/Image50-1.jpg

http://i215.photobucket.com/albums/cc283/usagold/Image40.jpg



Two free drinks at the bar every night and a breakfast buffet every morning.

Did I mention the strip bars and per diem?

Fire Haley
05-12-2009, 07:57 PM
Bottom line - like I said

If you don't like rockets, you aint' shit - I wish I could see a night launch

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2006/12/images/061211-shuttle-photo.jpg

beSteelmyheart
05-16-2009, 09:27 PM
Down here the shuttle is still a part of our lives & the ones who find it blase are the ones who just aren't into that sort of thing.
Even after all of these years I still like to drive to a good spot along the water for a launch & gather with other people of all kinds & dream with the human collective. :thumbsup:

Fire Haley
05-20-2009, 11:04 PM
Astronauts bid farewell to Hubble telescope after 5-day service call

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Atlantis' astronauts gingerly dropped the Hubble Space Telescope overboard Tuesday, sending the restored observatory off on a new voyage of discovery and bidding it farewell on behalf of the planet.

Hubble - considered better than new following five days of repairs and upgrades - will never be seen up close by humans again. This was NASA's last service call.

The shuttle and telescope had just crossed the Atlantic, and were soaring 560 kilometres above the coast of northwestern Africa, when astronaut Megan McArthur used a robot arm to release the snares gripping Hubble. Then the shuttle slowly backed away.

"Hubble has been released," reported commander Scott Altman. "It's safely back on its journey of exploration as we begin steps to conclude ours. Looking back on this mission, it's been an incredible journey for us as well."

Mission Control radioed congratulations: "It's wonderful to see Hubble, the most famous scientific instrument of all time, newly upgraded and ready for action thanks to you."


http://www.cbc.ca/cp/science/090519/g051906A.html

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I just love the purty pictures

http://homework.uoregon.edu/pub/hudf/hudf_object001.jpg

steelwall
05-21-2009, 12:38 AM
Bottom line - like I said

If you don't like rockets, you aint' shit - I wish I could see a night launch

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2006/12/images/061211-shuttle-photo.jpg


That is so cool! :thumbsup: