Skip to comments.Space Shuttle Discovery Returns to NASA Spaceport
Posted on 08/21/2005 9:03:47 AM PDT by FReepaholic
The space shuttle Discovery returned to its home spaceport Sunday, landing at NASAs Kennedy Space Center (KSC) after a weekend flight across the country.
A modified Boeing 747 jumbo jet ferried Discovery to KSCs Shuttle Landing Facility at the orbiters Cape Canaveral, Florida home, touching down at about 9:58 a.m. EDT (1358 GMT) after a 2.5-hour flight from Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana.
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It's funny, they look like a big and little brother, but which one goes into space? The young'n!
i never could believe that sight
Welcome to the moth ball fleet. While you are still of value, the pensions of those that built you are more important then you so now, you will never see space again.
Sadly the taxpayer will pay for you for the next 100 years of you doing nothing.
We can do ANYTHING!
GOD BLESS AMERICA!
I saw the shuttle once when it/they piggybacked into Dyess in Abilene, TX. It was smaller than I'd expected and very scorched and dirty.
That's right. We can even launch museum exhibits into space.
Saw that on Fox this am. Glad it landed safely. It is awesome to watch, having lived here in S. Texas about one hour drive from NASA all these years. We are so proud of our space program here in the Houston area. I wish they could either fix all the problems with the Shuttle or come up with a whole new system. We loved Skylab and all the other space missions over the years.
Check this out....http://moon.google.com/
you can see the moon upclose including the Apollo landing sights. I tried to zoom in to see the US flag on the moon, but when you try to zoom in too close it turns to a yellow cheese moon.
Ok, I'm curious about something.
I read that this little cross country flight cost NASA a million dollars. Is there some particular pressing reason why the space shuttle can't land in Florida and save us taxpayers the million dollar cross country flight, or is this just more government stupidity?
They tried, but weather forced them to California.
It's a grand sight, but how many of us know how crucial the space program is to the advancement of civilization and the health of capitalist society? The space program is often justified as either a gee wiz Star Trek adventure motivated by human curiosity and the need to explore, or as a cornicopia of spin off consumer products like Walkman, GPS, Crazy Glue, etc.
But where do we see it presented in the media that space exploration literally "drives" our economy into the future with technologies that can solve virtually all problems faced by Western Civilization. Where is it written in Time or Newsweek that the necessity for miniaturization and weight saving in the space program drove the invention of transister technology and it's paradigm defining derivative, computer technology?
Before the space program, economic and technological drivers were chiefly found in the war making industries; economic areas where tooth and nail survival was the defining motivator. For the first time in human history, we can place the core mover of technological processes upon a primarily global cooperative endeavor, the exploration of our universe being a far more perfect and extended field sublimation of the struggle for survival.
We should put the corrupt, sovereignty destroying, socialist mole operation United Nations out of business and replace it with an international counterpart to NASA.
walter alter artist - wiseguy - savant
The post was okay up until this. The recognition of private property rights is the key to civilization.
It doesn't. The transistor was invented in '47 and was used in transistor radios before the space exploration program began. The integrated circuit was invented in '58 and it was used in Air Force ballistic missile programs before it was used in space exploration.
In particular, manned space exploration, as opposed to unmanned vehicles, is unnecessary and unwarranted.
The Green Hills of Earth
Let the sweet fresh breezes heal me As they rove around the girth Of our lovely mother planet Of the cool, green hills of Earth.
We rot in the moulds of Venus, We retch at her tainted breath. Foul are her flooded jungles, Crawling with unclean death.
[ --- the harsh bright soil of Luna --- --- Saturn's rainbow rings --- --- the frozen night of Titan --- ]
We've tried each spinning space mote And reckoned its true worth: Take us back again to the homes of men On the cool, green hills of Earth.
The arching sky is calling Spacemen back to their trade. ALL HANDS! STAND BY! FREE FALLING! And the lights below us fade.
Out ride the sons of Terra, Far drives the thundering jet, Up leaps a race of Earthmen, Out, far, and onward yet ---
We pray for one last landing On the globe that gave us birth; Let us rest our eyes on the friendly skies And the cool, green hills of Earth.
-- Robert A. Heinlein
Because every word in the above statement is false.
NASA could become an international space agency that orchestrates and dovetails space exploration, space-based communications standards, research and consumer spinoff technologies. Nothing in there about property rights, which one can easily link to the notion of sovereignty which I mentioned is sacrosanct.
No, every word in your statement is false, including the period mark. Hey two can play at that game.
walter alter artist - wiseguy - savant
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