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Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Shuttle Enterprise Over New York
NASA ^ | May 09, 2012 | (see photo credit)

Posted on 05/08/2012 9:26:57 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

Explanation: What's that in the background? Two famous New York City icons stand tall in the above photo taken last week. On the left looms the Statue of Liberty, a universal symbol of freedom, while on the right rises the Empire State Building, now the second largest building in the city. What's unique about this once-in-a-lifetime photograph, though, is the third icon that appears to Lady Liberty's left. High in the air and far in the background flies the space shuttle Enterprise -- perched atop a 747 jet -- on the way to its new home. New Yorkers and visitors to the Big Apple can visit the test space shuttle at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum on the West Side of Manhattan starting July 19.

May 09, 2012

(Excerpt) Read more at 129.164.179.22 ...


TOPICS: Astronomy; Astronomy Picture of the Day; Science
KEYWORDS: apod; astronomy; enterprise; newyork; science; shuttleenterprise; spaceshuttle
[Credit: NASA, Bill Ingalls]

1 posted on 05/08/2012 9:27:11 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: brytlea; cripplecreek; decimon; bigheadfred; KoRn; Grammy; married21; steelyourfaith; Mmogamer; ...
Neptune & Vulcan Astronomy Seminar of the Week

2 posted on 05/08/2012 9:28:14 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Gee, the Astronomy pic. of the day seems less then astronomical.


3 posted on 05/08/2012 9:32:21 PM PDT by doc1019 (Romney will never get my vote!)
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To: SunkenCiv

That’s creepy. It looks like it’s going to fly up Lady Liberty’s butt!!


4 posted on 05/08/2012 9:40:54 PM PDT by timlilje
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To: SunkenCiv

That’s creepy. It looks like it’s going to fly up Lady Liberty’s butt!!


5 posted on 05/08/2012 9:41:13 PM PDT by timlilje
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To: SunkenCiv

That’s kind of surrealistic looking. Nice pic though.


6 posted on 05/08/2012 9:59:26 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: doc1019

The administration that saw fit to end NASA also saw fit to send our orbiters to blue states and snub HOUSTON.
Houston, we have a problem.


7 posted on 05/08/2012 10:02:30 PM PDT by magglepuss (Don't tread on me)
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To: SunkenCiv

Checked it out with Google Earth. You can’t acutally reproduce this image, even approximately, because GE doesn’t have a zoom capability. What they refer to as zoom is moving your POV closer, which is not the same thing as a camera zoom. Kind of ironic I guess because the name is predicated on the similarity of a camera zoom to actually “zooming” in closer, which is what GE does. When you try it though, all the angles change, as the various buidlings, and The Statue of Liberty of course, are at different distances. What you can do is “zoom” ( i.e. move, in simulation ) back, keeping the SoL in position, and in this way discover the probable camera position, which is at the end of a huge pier in Bayonne. BTW that reddish building to the right is in Brooklyn.


8 posted on 05/08/2012 10:34:16 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: SunkenCiv

Interesting photo! I like it.

Thanks very much!


9 posted on 05/08/2012 10:42:14 PM PDT by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Thanks. Interesting to think of all of the history that Lady Liberty has “seen” over the years.


10 posted on 05/08/2012 10:51:26 PM PDT by 21twelve
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To: timlilje
At least they gave proper warning for the low flyover.

OBAMA PLANE PHOTO OP STARTLES NEW YORKERS
By DAVID SEIFMAN, MURRAY WEISS and JEREMY OLSHAN
April 27, 2009

A jumbo jet being chased by a F-16 fighter jets buzzed Lower Manhattan this morning, panicking New Yorkers, many of whom were forced to evacuate their office buildings.

It was not a terrorist attack, however, but a photo opportunity for Air Force One, sources told the Post.

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OBAMA PLANE PHOTO OP STARTLES NEW YORKERS (2009)
http://www.nypost.com/seven/04272009/news/regionalnews/obama_plane_photo_op_startles_new_yorker_166470.htm

11 posted on 05/09/2012 3:03:47 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Photo not complete without tourist guy.


12 posted on 05/09/2012 4:35:06 AM PDT by Fester Chugabrew (let establishment heads explode)
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To: SunkenCiv
Wrong Enterprise being retired. Here's the real Enterprise being flown into retirement:


13 posted on 05/09/2012 6:13:59 AM PDT by NCC-1701 (In Memphis on January 20, 2009, pump price were $1.49. We all know what happened after that.)
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To: SunkenCiv

What is that white streak (spot? artifact?) above and slightly to the left of the shuttle and plane?


14 posted on 05/09/2012 8:29:04 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: TheOldLady
What is that white streak (spot? artifact?) above and slightly to the left of the shuttle and plane?

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Probably a fighter jet escort.

15 posted on 05/09/2012 2:20:44 PM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: TheOldLady
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Shuttle Enterprise's first piggyback voyage, 1977

16 posted on 05/09/2012 2:24:55 PM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: ETL

Oooh! Thanks!


17 posted on 05/09/2012 2:44:28 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: TheOldLady

Turns out there were 2 fighter jet escorts. They were very difficult to see on other pics and vids I checked.


18 posted on 05/09/2012 2:47:21 PM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: ETL

Sending two escorts must be SOP.


19 posted on 05/09/2012 3:02:18 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: TheOldLady
It appears that way.

Here's a pic of the April 2012 flyover with one of the escorts:

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/petelabrozzi/7118842279/

20 posted on 05/09/2012 3:11:08 PM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: SunkenCiv

So, NYC gets the one shuttle that never went to space? Why? Wasn’t it at Smithsonian Annex near DC?


21 posted on 05/09/2012 3:23:27 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: Cyber Liberty

NY helps elect the President, DC does not.


22 posted on 05/10/2012 4:12:29 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Oh, good point. And true.


23 posted on 05/10/2012 4:19:49 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: Cyber Liberty

Yes, the Enterprise was at the museum in Chantilly, Virginia. The Discovery shuttle will go there now. This article at Space.com tells about it...

“Space shuttle Discovery, NASA’s oldest remaining orbiter and the world’s most flown spacecraft, will be displayed by the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum at its Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center near Dulles International Airport.”

http://www.space.com/11367-nasa-space-shuttles-museums-winners.html


24 posted on 05/10/2012 6:30:59 PM PDT by deks ("...the battle of our time is the battle of liberty against the overreach of the federal government")
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