ExitRow From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (13 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2101 times:
I am sitting here "burning the midnight oil" waiting to watch the Shuttle launch and remembered an old question I never had answered.
Has the (current) entire Space Shuttle fleet ever been photographed together? Have all the orbiters ever been in the same location at once? I would have suspected so during the lockdown after Challenger. I e-mailed the photo archives at Kennedy Space Center a few years ago with this question. They sent me a canned response and a (poorly done) montage image done in Photoshop.
Skymonster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (13 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2033 times:
All the current Orbiters were at KSC three weeks ago when I was there. They said that the situation was amost unique. Sadly, one was on the pad (the one due to launch around now) and the others were in the sheds, so no photographs of them together were possible.
PPGMD From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 2453 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (13 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2010 times:
I think the only time it could have been done is during the post challenger investigations. Current date and time one of the shuttles is almost always away on maintnece or such, though since the maintnece is now done at the Cape it is possible in the future though highly unlikely they would spend that much money for a photo.
ExitRow From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (13 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1920 times:
Wow. I didn't think they'd go with such a low ceiling over the Return-To-Launch-Site. Spectacular photo though
(Anita Barrett-NASA via Reuters)
I missed the launch live. Fell asleep at T-Minus 53 minutes. It was nealy 2am PST!! Oh I wish they'd opened the launch facility at Vandenberg!
As for thr group photo, I agree that during the post-Challenger shutdown would have been the only feasible time to shoot such a photograph. But at the time I think they had more important issues to deal with.