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My Encounter With Space Shuttle Endeavor (Photo Heavy)
5/29/10 | my favorite headache

Posted on 05/29/2010 8:55:59 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache

I am not sure who would be interested in viewing these pictures but I had the tremendous honor of being escorted by a friend who works at Kennedy Space Center in late February as a mission specialist around Endeavor, the tower, the waiting room, the walk out ramp, and a number of other area's of KSC.

This was a once in a lifetime opportunity that will never happen again with the shuttles being retired. I am just getting around to loading up some of the photos and wanted to share them here.

Enjoy!



TOPICS: Astronomy; Science
KEYWORDS: endeavour; nasa; spaceshuttle
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1 posted on 05/29/2010 8:55:59 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache
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way cool...thanks for sharing...


2 posted on 05/29/2010 8:57:20 PM PDT by surfer (To err is human, to really foul things up takes a Democrat, don't expect the GOP to have the answer!)
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To: My Favorite Headache

awesome pics


3 posted on 05/29/2010 8:58:00 PM PDT by barmag25
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Wow! Great pictures! Thanks for posting !


4 posted on 05/29/2010 8:58:26 PM PDT by Batman11 (Sarah Palin: "Illegal immigrants are called illegal for a reason!")
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To: My Favorite Headache; KevinDavis

bttt


5 posted on 05/29/2010 8:59:22 PM PDT by stainlessbanner
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To: My Favorite Headache

You Lucky Bastard, Soooo Cool l!!!!!


6 posted on 05/29/2010 9:00:16 PM PDT by cmsgop ( I don't think Rick Sanchez can handle any more "Breaking News" (Credit Market Ticker))
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To: My Favorite Headache

Very cool! Thanks for sharing!


7 posted on 05/29/2010 9:01:35 PM PDT by PackerBoy (Just my opinion ....)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Excellent


8 posted on 05/29/2010 9:02:18 PM PDT by RckyRaCoCo
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To: My Favorite Headache

Thanks for taking time to post these pics. Very interesting to have such an intimate view of these incredible feats of engineering.


9 posted on 05/29/2010 9:02:20 PM PDT by Semper911 (When you want to rob Peter to pay Paul, you'll always have the support of Paul.)
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To: My Favorite Headache
We may never see this again if zero has HIS way.

Thanx.

10 posted on 05/29/2010 9:02:29 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: My Favorite Headache
Great post. Thanks.

/johnny

11 posted on 05/29/2010 9:03:02 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: cmsgop

I have to be honest...I about pissed my pants in fear being up there. It is so enormous it swallows you up.


12 posted on 05/29/2010 9:03:16 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache (Obama is Dangerclown The Manchild)
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To: My Favorite Headache

I want to add something interesting to the thread but all I can say is...thanks! These are so cool!


13 posted on 05/29/2010 9:04:23 PM PDT by Darkwolf377 ("You seem to believe that stupidity is a virtue. Why is that so?"-Flight of the Phoenix)
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To: My Favorite Headache

WONDERFUL PICS.

THX THX.


14 posted on 05/29/2010 9:04:24 PM PDT by Quix (THE PLAN of the Bosses: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2519352/posts?page=2#2)
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SPECK-TAC-ULAR!!
15 posted on 05/29/2010 9:04:56 PM PDT by redhead
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I’m crazy envious! Thanks for posting!


16 posted on 05/29/2010 9:06:36 PM PDT by TSgt (We will always be prepared, so we may always be free. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: Nailbiter

excellent photos ping


17 posted on 05/29/2010 9:07:38 PM PDT by IncPen (How can a man who won't produce his own documentation lecture the rest of us on immigration?)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Awesome opportunity, thanks for the photos.


18 posted on 05/29/2010 9:08:51 PM PDT by Armed Civilian ("Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice, moderation in pursuit of justice is no virtue.")
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To: My Favorite Headache
Thanks for sharing. In spite of its flaws and age, it is still some of the most inspiring technology in existence.

I wonder how being close to the Apollo rockets would have compared. I've seen the real ones horizontal on the ground. Honestly, I thought they would have been larger.

19 posted on 05/29/2010 9:10:09 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: My Favorite Headache

At the moment I consider you the coolest person on the planet for posting those.


20 posted on 05/29/2010 9:11:11 PM PDT by BigCinBigD (Northern flags in South winds flutter...)
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To: My Favorite Headache

WOW! What a fantastic opportunity! I’m jealous and absoulutely amazed!

I think your best shot is from underneath the launching platform looking right up the nozzles of the SSMEs...that’s about as impressive as walking underneath a Nimitz class aircraft carrier in drydock...

Well done, and great pictures!


21 posted on 05/29/2010 9:12:20 PM PDT by Bean Counter (Stout hearts...)
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To: My Favorite Headache

You’ll never know how much I appreciate this post. Thank you MFH.


22 posted on 05/29/2010 9:12:59 PM PDT by houeto (Get drinking water from your ditch - http://www.junglebucket.com/Jungle-Bucket-1.htm)
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These are excellent pictures!!!!! I hope copy right these. They are that good!!!!

Thank you so much for sharing these with us.


23 posted on 05/29/2010 9:14:38 PM PDT by waxer1 ( "The Bible is the rock on which our republic rests." -Andrew Jackson)
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Great, great shots.


24 posted on 05/29/2010 9:15:25 PM PDT by Richard Kimball (We're all criminals. They just haven't figured out what some of us have done yet.)
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To: Bean Counter

In the fire trench? That shot scared the hell out of me. All I kept thinking was...please God...nobody test anything by accident.


25 posted on 05/29/2010 9:16:28 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache (Obama is Dangerclown The Manchild)
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OMG Fantastic pic’s


26 posted on 05/29/2010 9:16:33 PM PDT by markman46 (engage brain before using keyboard!!!)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Just awesome. Ad astra!


27 posted on 05/29/2010 9:16:53 PM PDT by magellan
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Nice pics.

Will the last person at KSC please remember to turn out the lights.


28 posted on 05/29/2010 9:23:34 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( - Free Men will always be armed with the Truth. -)
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To: Bean Counter; houeto

I did the Atlantis landing as well and took a few that day. When I have some extra time and patience to crop etc..I will upload them to this thread.


29 posted on 05/29/2010 9:24:33 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache (Obama is Dangerclown The Manchild)
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WOW! Defiantly a once in a lifetime chance to see such an amazing machine up close for the last time (before it heads to a museum).


30 posted on 05/29/2010 9:26:35 PM PDT by OCC
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Exciting! I liked the shot from the fire trench too. “Please, please don’t light it up!”


31 posted on 05/29/2010 9:28:20 PM PDT by TigersEye (0basma's father was a British subject. He can't be a "natural-born" citizen.)
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Wow. great stuff.


32 posted on 05/29/2010 9:29:31 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA
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THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH! Wow...what GREAT pics!!!!


33 posted on 05/29/2010 9:31:45 PM PDT by NordP (COMMON SENSE CONSERVATIVES - Love of Country, Less Govt, Stop Spending, No Govt Run Health Care!!!)
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Wow


34 posted on 05/29/2010 9:35:37 PM PDT by existtoexcel
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I have the same feeling just looking at the photos, trying to imagine sitting in that and begin to take off. I would p____ my pants for sure.

Those are the most fantastic pictures, beautiful and historical. Thank you so much, you are the lucky one.

Give us more.

35 posted on 05/29/2010 9:37:35 PM PDT by annieokie
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To: annieokie

I guess when you need the basket, you need the basket!


36 posted on 05/29/2010 9:41:23 PM PDT by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: My Favorite Headache

It looks a lot bigger in person, huh?

wow.. Thanks for the pics!


37 posted on 05/29/2010 9:44:01 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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Absolutely fabulous shots! Thank you for sharing these with us. Got any more?


38 posted on 05/29/2010 9:45:21 PM PDT by miele man
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To: NormsRevenge

Bookmark


39 posted on 05/29/2010 9:48:08 PM PDT by Publius6961 (10% of muslims, the killer murdering radicals, are "only" 140,000,000 of 'em)
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To: Wally_Kalbacken
I'm such a coward when it comes to things like this, no way could I sit in that and feel it take off. LET ME OUT OF HERE. UH OH! too late.

Heck, I would not even have gotten on that Mayflower, no no not me, you go ahead, my feet would be planted in England still.

Then to head west, wagons, indians, unknowns. NOT ME, you just go ahead, have fun and write when you can. LOL.

My heritage was braver than I will ever be, and thank goodness for that, for now I am here. rofl.

40 posted on 05/29/2010 9:58:22 PM PDT by annieokie
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To: My Favorite Headache

NICE! Amazing opportunity - and amazing photos. Thanks for sharing them with us as we think about bidding the Shuttles farewell.

I thought you might appreciate the following video. Some really nice video (close-ups, from NASA I suppose) timed very nicely with a song.

“Excitement so thick - you can cut it with a knife.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bf-Lwct0TfE&feature=related

Again - thanks for sharing your wonderful photos with us.


41 posted on 05/29/2010 9:58:47 PM PDT by 21twelve ( UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES MY ARSE: "..now begin the work of remaking America."-Obama, 1/20/09)
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To: My Favorite Headache

I was surprised at how the underbelly of the shuttle looked. Is this normal?


42 posted on 05/29/2010 10:10:04 PM PDT by SideoutFred (B.O. Stinks...it really does)
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Thanks for the pictures ... it’s a shame that there’s nothing replacing it right now ...


43 posted on 05/29/2010 10:19:10 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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Great pics.
Thanks for sharing.


44 posted on 05/29/2010 10:23:55 PM PDT by SmokingJoe
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Great stuff.


45 posted on 05/29/2010 11:03:47 PM PDT by nevs911
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Absolutely amazing. I was looking at them and marveling at what man can do, with talent on loan from G-d. Thank you for sharing.


46 posted on 05/29/2010 11:08:54 PM PDT by Yaelle
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Thank you for sharing!!


47 posted on 05/29/2010 11:09:25 PM PDT by Leofl (I'm from Texas, we don't dial 9-11)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Mere words cannot even begin to express my jealousy. Lucky SOB!!


48 posted on 05/29/2010 11:11:47 PM PDT by MediaMole
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To: My Favorite Headache

Thanks for the great pics!


49 posted on 05/29/2010 11:17:50 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Everyone needs valid ID except illegal aliens and the President - only in America)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

You might like these.


50 posted on 05/29/2010 11:19:34 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Everyone needs valid ID except illegal aliens and the President - only in America)
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