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Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Space Shuttle Rising
NASA ^ | May 25, 2011 | (see photo credit)

Posted on 05/25/2011 3:58:15 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

[Credit: NASA] Explanation: What's that rising from the clouds? The space shuttle. If you looked out the window of an airplane at just the right place and time last week, you could have seen something very unusual -- the space shuttle Endeavour launching to orbit. Images of the rising shuttle and its plume became widely circulated over the web shortly after Endeavour's final launch. The above image was taken from a shuttle training aircraft and is not copyrighted. Taken well above the clouds, the image can be matched with similar images of the same shuttle plume taken below the clouds. Hot glowing gasses expelled by the engines are visible near the rising shuttle, as well as a long smoke plume. A shadow of the plume appears on the cloud deck, indicating the direction of the Sun. The shuttle Endeavour remains docked with the International Space Station and is currently scheduled to return to Earth next week.

May 25, 2011

(Excerpt) Read more at apod.nasa.gov ...


TOPICS: Astronomy; Astronomy Picture of the Day; Science
KEYWORDS: apod; astronomy; science; spaceshuttle
That's a hot ticket!

1 posted on 05/25/2011 3:58:18 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: SunkenCiv

That is beautiful!


2 posted on 05/25/2011 4:01:48 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Herman Cain 2012)
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To: SunkenCiv

Oddly enough I actually always thought the Saturn Rockets were the hot rods. I’ve read that a shuttle launch is a pretty gentle ride in comparison.

Cool pic anyway.


3 posted on 05/25/2011 4:02:02 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: cripplecreek

as a kid two friends and i cut school and drove from tampa to see a moon launch
great
but no comparison to a shuttle launch.


4 posted on 05/25/2011 4:17:07 PM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
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To: cripplecreek

as a kid two friends and i cut school and drove from tampa to see a moon launch
great
but no comparison to a shuttle launch.


5 posted on 05/25/2011 4:18:40 PM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
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To: SunkenCiv

NASA ran the videos from all of the recovered SRBs today...one of them only deployed 2 chutes and streamered the third one all the way down.


6 posted on 05/25/2011 4:19:57 PM PDT by Bean Counter (Your what hurts??)
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To: SunkenCiv

PING!


7 posted on 05/25/2011 4:33:49 PM PDT by bigheadfred (Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.)
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To: brytlea; cripplecreek; decimon; bigheadfred; KoRn; Grammy; married21; steelyourfaith; Mmogamer; ...

nice one, ping to the list, plus a one-time ping to a couple people. :')

8 posted on 05/25/2011 4:36:05 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: SunkenCiv

It’s a missile!!!!

....Or is it a contrail.

(also can’t rule out swamp gas)


9 posted on 05/25/2011 4:54:59 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: SunkenCiv

Amazing and beautiful picture, BTW.

Certainly a ‘keeper’, as most of them are.


10 posted on 05/25/2011 4:56:55 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: Joe Boucher
as a kid two friends and i cut school and drove from tampa to see a moon launch great but no comparison to a shuttle launch.

You shouldn't have cut English class ...

11 posted on 05/25/2011 4:59:50 PM PDT by SeeSac
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To: SunkenCiv

I followed the link to the NASA site and got a gander at the full-sized photo. Phew! That’s amazing! Thanks, Civ.


12 posted on 05/25/2011 5:08:26 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: SunkenCiv
My first thought on seeing that image was "I wonder who Bill Clinton's with tonight?"

"Lord please forgive me and may God bless the Pygmies in New Guinea"

13 posted on 05/25/2011 5:10:23 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: COBOL2Java

Why? Because it leans to the left?


14 posted on 05/25/2011 5:15:46 PM PDT by Gumption
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To: SeeSac

Not trying to be perfect or an ass there SeeSac


15 posted on 05/25/2011 5:48:19 PM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
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To: cripplecreek

I believe you’re right; but the Mercury flights were the hardest, if memory serves, around 5 g’s, while the Shuttle flight is under 3 g’s. Apollo’s kick in the pants got bigger with each succeeding stage. The Saturn V’s job was to lift every bit of mass needed for the entire lunar mission (there and back, including a landing and launch on the lunar surface) off the ground and get it high enough where the subsequent stages could finish the direct ascent. That was a hell of a piece of machinery.


16 posted on 05/25/2011 6:37:53 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: Bean Counter

Those are fun to watch. :’)


17 posted on 05/25/2011 6:38:09 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: KoRn

Weather balloon?


18 posted on 05/25/2011 6:41:35 PM PDT by JOPO
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To: SunkenCiv

I was lucky to have gotten to know Jim McDivitt a little when I was a kid because he had business dealings with my grandfather.. I was awestruck.

He was an early rocket jock who commanded both the Gemini 4 first space walk mission and the Apollo 9 flight in which the Lunar Module was tested for the first time in earth orbit.

He pushed me down in a chair in his office to show me what a launch was like.


19 posted on 05/25/2011 6:46:10 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: bigheadfred

The STS was never used for anything much worth a damn, and we lost lives using it, but it’s a hell of an impressive piece of machinery.


20 posted on 05/25/2011 6:47:16 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: KoRn

LOL!


21 posted on 05/25/2011 6:48:09 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: TheOldLady; KoRn

Thanks TOL, that’s a good suggestion, I hadn’t taken the time to do it before.


22 posted on 05/25/2011 6:49:05 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: COBOL2Java

LOL!


23 posted on 05/25/2011 6:49:15 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: SunkenCiv

24 posted on 05/25/2011 6:57:30 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: KoRn; SunkenCiv
Amazing and beautiful picture, BTW.

Sundial of the Gods.

25 posted on 05/25/2011 7:07:14 PM PDT by bigheadfred (Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Some video of Gemini 4 training, launch and mission. Looks like Ed white is riding a glorified floor buffer to practice his space walk.

http://videos.howstuffworks.com/discovery/7424-discovery-nasa-gemini-4-mission-launch-video.htm


26 posted on 05/25/2011 7:07:47 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: cripplecreek

One of the best launch videos ever made. An ultra slow motion video of a Saturn V launch from the platform. Good stuff, whole platform in flames bouncing up and down.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6eWeW5jj1DQ


27 posted on 05/25/2011 7:19:46 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: SunkenCiv

Beautiful as always.


28 posted on 05/25/2011 7:29:21 PM PDT by brytlea (If you don't know what APOD is you'd better find out!)
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To: JoeProBono; SunkenCiv

29 posted on 05/25/2011 8:01:53 PM PDT by bigheadfred (Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.)
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To: JoeProBono

That’s probably what we were really shooting at. The ISS is just a cover story.


30 posted on 05/25/2011 8:03:03 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: cripplecreek

Nice!


31 posted on 05/25/2011 8:06:27 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: bigheadfred; JoeProBono

LOL Tough luck, Joe. Your UFO was overruled by a higher power.


32 posted on 05/25/2011 8:36:25 PM PDT by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/15/08 and why?)
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To: bigheadfred

33 posted on 05/25/2011 9:04:07 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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