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STS-135: Final Space Shuttle Touchdown 'The End'  
User currently offlineZKNCL From New Zealand, joined Oct 2010, 281 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 8363 times:

Well it's a big day for everyone. Sad to see this come but it was a great landing. I wish I could see one of these in real life guess I didn't get to   But I did watch this landing on TV and it was a big moment for all.

Now It's time for Russia to pick up the Space Power position. I also heard that 2,000 people will be laid off tomorrow  

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User currently offlineDazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5489 posts, RR: 51
Reply 1, posted (3 years 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 8350 times:

From my front yard in Orlando. I'm going to miss this sound...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNc5HoR9hxM


User currently onlineKPDX From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 2729 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (3 years 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 8340 times:

Bittersweet day to state it mildly!

I will miss the shuttle program, regardless of it's cost, safety, etc.  



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User currently offlineSpringbok747 From Australia, joined Nov 2004, 4387 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (3 years 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 8305 times:

A sad day indeed..I will miss the Space Shuttle...so long Atlantis, Endeavor and Discovery!  


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User currently offlineCadet985 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 1551 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (3 years 1 week 2 days ago) and read 8225 times:

Good-bye American space program. The likes of JFK, Alan Shepard, and the 16 US and 1 Israeli astronaut are rolling in their graves. Now we are depending on a country for space transportation that in all honesty, I will never trust. Might as well tell your kids not to want to be astronauts anymore.

Marc


User currently offlineB738FlyUIA From Switzerland, joined Dec 2009, 547 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 8182 times:
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Quoting Springbok747 (Reply 3):
A sad day indeed..I will miss the Space Shuttle...so long Atlantis, Endeavor and Discovery!

I have been watching it since I woke up at 6am in Europe... Sad to see the last landing... still a special day to keep in rememberance all time!!!



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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10889 posts, RR: 37
Reply 6, posted (3 years 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 8113 times:

Quoting Dazed767 (Reply 1):
From my front yard in Orlando. I'm going to miss this sound...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNc5H...R9hxM

Best Space Shuttle landing double sonic boom I have heard in a long while.

  

i was about glued to NASA TV since early morning my time until after the astronauts press conference and the employee appreciation event.

Fantastic picture of Atlantis on its way home taken by Exp 28 crew Mike Fossum from the space station.
http://t.co/DK6v0Cw

I am going to miss the Space Shuttles. They are being retired way too early.

Everybody seems to be looking foward to commercial space flights. I am not one of these people. It will be the ones with the most money who will get to Space - not the ones who have/need to be there.

You will have multiple Dennis Tito, Ansaris, Laiberté, those with the Millions of Euros taking the places of those who really have to be in the Station.

Just imagine. The mega-rich will be able to outbid astronauts and researchers for the seats. Private means the one who puts down the most money wins. I will certainly not be excited to see Mr or Mrs Mega-Millions and their friends get on board a commercial space flight.

This is what getting Space flight to go commercial is all about. The same as I am not thrilled about the idea of having Monsanto or another Big Pharma Corp. hijacking parts of the ISS for some private research only because they can pay.

I am for Space staying in the public domain and being run by government agencies such as JAXA, NASA and ESA.

I am for Space exploration being used for the benefit of all.

I don't want to see space flights going private.

        

[Edited 2011-07-21 11:54:12]


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User currently onlineKPDX From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 2729 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (3 years 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 8100 times:

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 6):
Fantastic picture of Atlantis on its way home taken by Exp 28 crew Mike Fossum from the space station.
http://t.co/DK6v0Cw

Incredible photo!   



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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10889 posts, RR: 37
Reply 8, posted (3 years 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 8093 times:

Tribute to the Space Shuttle from the European astronauts

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9VXeqzqqss&feature=player_embedded

To Ariane 6 and a brilliant future for ESA!

     



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User currently offlineEPA001 From Netherlands, joined Sep 2006, 4705 posts, RR: 38
Reply 9, posted (3 years 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 8090 times:
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Quoting KPDX (Reply 2):
Bittersweet day to state it mildly!

I will miss the shuttle program, regardless of it's cost, safety, etc.

So will I. Luckily I was fortunate enough to watch two launches live at KSC. Two unforgettable experiences.  .


User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7943 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (3 years 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 8075 times:

I can't believe I missed NSA's live feed!   

Some more pictures:

http://blogs.sacbee.com/photos/2011/...to-final-s.html#mi_rss=The%20Frame



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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10889 posts, RR: 37
Reply 11, posted (3 years 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 8069 times:

NASA Engineer friend just posted this text on his FB page along with a picture of his team posing with Atlantis.

This is Atlantis, OV-104, on the runway after its' final flight and the final flight of the space shuttle program. Our Runway Measurement Team of two NASA, two Boeing, and four USA engineers along with a retired astronaut performed all our normal work measuring all the touchdown data and checking all the landing gear/tire systems prior to towing the vehicle back to the VAB. It is a sad thing after working on this for 32 years to see the end and to see this group of excellent engineers and technicians let go. Who knows when the US will put a man in space again themselves.

       



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User currently offlineZANL188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3503 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (3 years 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 7978 times:
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Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 6):
Fantastic picture of Atlantis on its way home taken by Exp 28 crew Mike Fossum from the space station.
http://t.co/DK6v0Cw

Poor fake. Entire reeentry was during a night time pass, earth was not sunlit.

edit: Apparently this pix is also on the NASA website. Sure looks fake and unlikely to me though.

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 6):
Everybody seems to be looking foward to commercial space flights. I am not one of these people. It will be the ones with the most money who will get to Space - not the ones who have/need to be there.

You can't buy a seat at all now, which means ordinary folks will NEVER get to go under the present scheme. Imagine if airmail had remained with the gov't, planes were crashing right & left with NO passengers - had that continued we would not have the commercial airlines we have today.

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 6):
Just imagine. The mega-rich will be able to outbid astronauts and researchers for the seats. Private means the one who puts down the most money wins. I will certainly not be excited to see Mr or Mrs Mega-Millions and their friends get on board a commercial space flight.

Bidding for seats to space? Where is this occuring?

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 6):
This is what getting Space flight to go commercial is all about. The same as I am not thrilled about the idea of having Monsanto or another Big Pharma Corp. hijacking parts of the ISS for some private research only because they can pay.

You'd rather let it go unused? Oh and check your shuttle history... same thing happened with shuttle...

[Edited 2011-07-21 17:33:04]


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User currently offlineaal151heavy From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 99 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (3 years 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 7955 times:
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I have never seen a landing up close before - and never at night. It was a powerful experience. I wish I could re-create the experience for you. We couldn't see the shuttle and the only warning we got (besides the sonic boom-boom) was the swooshing getting louder and louder. Our eyes were searching the runway threshold...it was so loud, yet we don't see it...there was so much anticipation...where to aim and point the camera? And then the shuttle appeared suddenly. It was so loud and so low to the runway. And remember the shuttle is an unpowered glider! The xenon beams lit it up so brightly, it was like a magic act appearing out of nowhere. IMHO, the landing was just as incredible as the launch, but unique and special in its own way.

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User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7943 posts, RR: 12
Reply 14, posted (3 years 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 7921 times:

Quoting ZANL188 (Reply 12):
Poor fake. Entire reeentry was during a night time pass, earth was not sunlit.

The part of Earth you see in the pic is *not* sunlit.
Compare the picture above with this one:

http://outsidetheinbox.freedombloggi.../493889main_iss025e009858_full.jpg



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User currently offlineJoeCanuck From Canada, joined Dec 2005, 5405 posts, RR: 30
Reply 15, posted (3 years 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 7899 times:

The end of an era and a sad day.


What the...?
User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10889 posts, RR: 37
Reply 16, posted (3 years 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 7877 times:

Quoting ZANL188 (Reply 12):
You can't buy a seat at all now, which means ordinary folks will NEVER get to go under the present scheme.

That will change. NASA will have no more monopoly of US human flight to Space. Commercial means what it means. Buy and sell. They will not restrict it to a certain type.
Whoever pays the price tag and puts the money on the table will go.

All in the future. We don't know when.

Roscosmos are the winners.

Russia declares 'era of Soyuz' after shuttle

Moscow on Thursday declared it is now "the era of the Soyuz" after the US shuttle's last flight left the Russian system as the sole means for delivering astronauts to the International Space Station.

http://news.yahoo.com/russia-declares-era-soyuz-shuttle-133921047.html

  



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User currently offlineMax Q From United States of America, joined May 2001, 4375 posts, RR: 19
Reply 17, posted (3 years 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 7867 times:

The shutdown of the space shuttle program and the consequent loss of the United State's ability to independently send its own Astronauts into space is an unparalleled national tragedy.


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User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13517 posts, RR: 62
Reply 18, posted (3 years 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 7854 times:
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Quoting Max Q (Reply 17):
The shutdown of the space shuttle program and the consequent loss of the United State's ability to independently send its own Astronauts into space is an unparalleled national tragedy.

Absolutely, positively well-said.



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User currently offlineB738FlyUIA From Switzerland, joined Dec 2009, 547 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (3 years 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 7845 times:
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Quoting NoUFO (Reply 14):
Quoting ZANL188 (Reply 12):
Poor fake. Entire reeentry was during a night time pass, earth was not sunlit.

The part of Earth you see in the pic is *not* sunlit.
Compare the picture above with this one:

http://outsidetheinbox.freedombloggi...l.jpg

Wonderful... I guess it's Cairo, Egypt  



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User currently offlineeksath From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1295 posts, RR: 25
Reply 20, posted (3 years 1 week 1 day ago) and read 7784 times:
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Quoting aal151heavy (Reply 13):
It was a powerful experience. I wish I could re-create the experience for you.

Ben, I agree. It is the most memorable STS experiences for me i.e. night landings. There is nothing like a screaming orbiter coming at you in the dark! Lovely shot! Well done! I am sorry we could not spend more time together out there. Hope to see you when the Dream Chaser or something else goes up,too!



This video below says it all for me. My time with the orbiters is not done but it moves into a new phase. Uncharted territory for me but as one of my dear NASA team members told me as I pulled out of the parking lot at KSC post mission yesterday : " This is not the end but a new beginning!" Mark those words, we wont let the STS program down.

http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/video...lery/index.html?media_id=100262181

[Edited 2011-07-22 06:34:53]


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User currently offlinewolverine From Germany, joined Aug 2006, 411 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (3 years 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 7757 times:

This is a very sad day! I always wanted to see a launch, someday. I've been at KSC in spring 2001, but unfortunately, there was no launch during my stay. After I never had enough money for another vacation in Florida, but I never gave up the hope, that someday I'd get the chance to see a launch... Now this hope was killed...

Also I loved the shuttles as a part of incredible machinery, I loved their look, you could say, I'm a real fan, owning Shirts, models and other collectibles.

I don't think, I will ever go to see them in the museums. It is so damn sad to see them heading to museums to rust in peace (I really mean rust). They should continue doing, what they are build for, taking humans to space.

I feel like I lost a close friend....Might sound melodramatic, but I feel this way..



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User currently offlineJoeCanuck From Canada, joined Dec 2005, 5405 posts, RR: 30
Reply 22, posted (3 years 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 7694 times:

Quoting wolverine (Reply 21):
I feel like I lost a close friend....Might sound melodramatic, but I feel this way..

That's not even a little melodramatic...something as truly amazing as the ability to put people into space should be lost without feeling some sadness.



What the...?
User currently offlineZANL188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3503 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (3 years 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 7689 times:
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Quoting NoUFO (Reply 14):
The part of Earth you see in the pic is *not* sunlit.
Compare the picture above with this one:

Absolutley correct... which leaves one wondering what lit the terrain while at the same time keeping the exposure short enough to avoid from blurring the shot.....

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 16):
That will change. NASA will have no more monopoly of US human flight to Space. Commercial means what it means. Buy and sell. They will not restrict it to a certain type.
Whoever pays the price tag and puts the money on the table will go.

Which is a good thing as it means that eventually you and I (or people very similiar) get to go... Ordinary people, Macauliffe aside, were never going to ride shuttle...

It bears repeating... if airmail had been left to the gov't you would not have the commercial airlines we see today.

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 16):
All in the future. We don't know when.

Same uncertainties existed after Mercury, Gemini, & Apollo. We accomplished far more than the "other guy" who stayed with the same booster, a very similiar spacecraft, and no program shutdowns in 50 years. Our Chinese friends are today where the US was in 1964...

Quoting Max Q (Reply 17):
The shutdown of the space shuttle program and the consequent loss of the United State's ability to independently send its own Astronauts into space is an unparalleled national tragedy.

Given the history of US human spaceflight I would submit that the occasional shutdown and rethink of the program is a good thing.

I will also note that very few of the individuals who cry for the end of the shuttle program have offered any worthwhile missions for it to do were it to continue. Iss is complete. Shuttle is too small & too expensive for human spaceflight beyond earth orbit. It has no mission, let it die.



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User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7943 posts, RR: 12
Reply 24, posted (3 years 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 7682 times:

Quoting ZANL188 (Reply 23):
Absolutley correct... which leaves one wondering what lit the terrain while at the same time keeping the exposure short enough to avoid from blurring the shot.....

It seems to me that the shot is in fact blurred. Look at the clouds.

Quoting B738FlyUIA (Reply 19):
Wonderful... I guess it's Cairo, Egypt

Hm, I thought it was Cairo, Egypt.  



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25 ZANL188 : Not as much as it should be. It will interesting to hear how the pix was taken.
26 Max Q : ISS will need to be resupplied over many more years and, occasionally with parts too large or heavy to be brought up by the Russians. As a result of
27 Mir : Moonlight? -Mir
28 Post contains links mke717spotter : So now that the Shuttle Program is over, what happens to the Landing Facility? Has it been used for anything else other than Space Shuttle landings? H
29 Max Q : Thats a very sad sight
30 Bennett123 : Cadet985 What Israeli astronaut?.
31 Max Q : There was an Israeli Astronaut on Columbia.
32 connies4ever : The ESA have already sent 2 ATVs to ISS. These can carry several thousand pounds of supplies, plus racks for experiments, etc. They can off-load equi
33 Post contains links ZANL188 : Convienently leaving out the European & Japanese cargo spacecraft both of which have already flown to the station. The Japanese spacecraft has a
34 ZANL188 : What is the significant difference? Shuttle was certainly on the drawing boards at the end of Apollo, ISS however was no where in sight. Apollo flew
35 Post contains links and images eksath : The STS program ends 30 days from wheels stop but there is a new sun just beneath the horizon. ISS pass over the KSC. It was really cool to the ISS do
36 starrion : Let's hope so, but for the next several years we have a whole lot of nothing.
37 eksath : That is not so. Space X's Falcon rocket will be doing delivery to the ISS in Nov. The next step in man/woman rating it. Watchout for that. Next frida
38 Post contains links B727LVR : Here is a lnk to 360 view of inside Disovers Cockpit a friend shared with me. I know its not Atlantis, but I dont imagine there are many differences,
39 StuckInCA : Oh come on! It's sad. It sucks. It's disappointing, etc. But an unparalleled national tragedy? Worse than any war we've ever been in? Hardly. It's no
40 Post contains links ZANL188 : ... and as it happens we do.... http://www.spacex.com/updates.php First cargo Dragon going to ISS no earlier than 30 Nov.
41 Post contains links oykie : With the Soyuz crash, are there any possibilities of a STS-136? Or is the Space Shuttle program so completely shut down, there is no way of another co
42 rwessel : With the usual caveat that with a sufficient infusion of cash, pretty much anything is possible, but no, there won't be an STS-136. Not least, there'
43 oykie : Thanks for some info on the state of the production line. It seems as though you are right. It is too late for a STS-136. I hope the impact on ISS use
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