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« on: March 09, 2011, 11:24:36 AM »

I have been watching this live all week.  Quite an interesting site.
Shuttle mission is live and also the ISS

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nasa-hd-tv

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« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2011, 11:41:47 AM »

18 minutes from touchdown...over Mexico traveling at 13,000 miles per hour!  cool
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« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2011, 11:44:14 AM »

...passing Cuba now...8,000 miles per hour...
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« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2011, 11:44:56 AM »

faaaaaaaaaaaaster than a Cessna!!!
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« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2011, 11:49:43 AM »

Over Florida now...
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« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2011, 11:51:03 AM »

AWESOME AWESOME!!!
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« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2011, 11:53:39 AM »

Descending at 286 ft per second at 654 miles per hour...
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« Reply #7 on: March 09, 2011, 11:55:26 AM »

Cleared left base visual,
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« Reply #8 on: March 09, 2011, 11:58:04 AM »

And we have touchdown....beautiful!!!!
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« Reply #9 on: March 09, 2011, 11:58:37 AM »

Wheels Stop for the final time! Welcome home Discovery, and thank you!
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« Reply #10 on: March 09, 2011, 12:02:24 PM »

Thanks for the link Dan! That was completely awesome, and sad at the same time...  cool  cry
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« Reply #11 on: March 09, 2011, 12:14:42 PM »

No problem Joey.  I should have posted sooner.  I got a new monitor at work so I was watching most of the mission including the docking with the ISS, etc.  Definitely a link to keep as they do broadcast live from the ISS as well.

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« Reply #12 on: March 09, 2011, 12:17:19 PM »

So correct me if I'm wrong, but there are only two more shuttle fights remaining, one for the Atlantis, and one for the Endeavour, bringing the total to 135 missions for the Shuttle Program.
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« Reply #13 on: March 09, 2011, 12:29:05 PM »

What they have been saying all week is a max of 2 but a guarantee of 1 more.  I'm not sure what they will be replacing the shuttle with, perhaps to long awaited 787 LOL.

Since they are having lots of success, I would guess the other shuttles have less flights than the discovery so are probably good for more space travel, but I guess the $$$$ is a factor.

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« Reply #14 on: March 09, 2011, 02:20:11 PM »

but I guess the $$$$ is a factor.

For sure the Soyuz is twice as 1/2 the price of 1 spaceshuttle launch, so even the Ariana (French) is not this expensive.....  We'll see, there are unmanned mini shuttles around.. afro
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« Reply #15 on: March 09, 2011, 02:22:51 PM »

It's a good thing there are other avenues to get to space and keep the ISS going.  It will be interesting to watch if the US will want to depend on others or not.

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« Reply #16 on: March 09, 2011, 02:49:19 PM »

The only two shuttles left in active service is the Atlantis, and the Endeavour. The Endeavour made her first flight May 7, 1992. The Atlantis, on the other hand, made her first flight October 3, 1985, So she is significantly older then the Endeavour. The Enterprise was retired and is now at the Hazy center, just outside Washington D.C., and the Columbia and Challenger were lost. So out of six, two remain in service, the youngest two of the fleet. Below is a breakdown of the shuttle fleet:

Enterprise; Built in 1977, she never actually flew in space.

Columbia; First flight was April 12, 1981. She spent over 300 days in space. She was lost February 1, 2003, when she broke up on re-entry.

Challenger; First flight was April 4, 1983. She spent just over 62 days in space. She was lost January 28, 1986, at just three years old, during the launch process.

Discovery; First flight was August 30, 1984. She spent over a year in space all together. She retired today after 27 years of service.

Atlantis; First flight was October 3, 1985. She has spent over 293 days in space thus far. She is slated at this time to make the final shuttle flight this summer.

Endeavour; First flight was May 7, 1992. She has spent over 280 days in space thus far. The youngest ship in the fleet, she is slated to make the second to last shuttle flight this spring.
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« Reply #17 on: March 09, 2011, 03:05:27 PM »

Great breakdown Joey.  Thanks.

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« Reply #18 on: March 09, 2011, 03:20:43 PM »

Great breakdown Joey.  Thanks.

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No problem!  cool

Press conference with the crew of STS 133 will be held around 18:30 Eastern time. For anyone who wants to tune in, here is the website again:

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« Reply #19 on: March 09, 2011, 03:28:43 PM »

STS-133 highlight reel playing now 15:27EST
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« Reply #20 on: March 09, 2011, 05:25:21 PM »

She's at the hanger now...her career officially over.
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« Reply #21 on: March 10, 2011, 04:57:39 AM »

 cool it's good to see all went well with this flight, in the statement after landing he said that not a single system failure occurred, so they can use the instruments as spare parts.

I would have expected that the crew went around, instead of returning to earth. They could have taken the courage to park this shuttle on the moon and be hero's for ever as the first men (and woman) on the moon, since no one else ever been there...

That in my opinion would be a wish come true.
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« Reply #22 on: March 10, 2011, 01:13:14 PM »

Does anyone know why the shuttles are referred to as "she's"?
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« Reply #23 on: March 10, 2011, 02:02:54 PM »

Does anyone know why the shuttles are referred to as "she's"?

have you seen the Fat rear end of her? That's why boats, airplanes and shuttles are she's.....

I want to know what happened to that android, is it a he or a she? I need it back hmmmmm
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« Reply #24 on: March 10, 2011, 02:53:26 PM »

Thar she blows!  evil
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