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Space Shuttle Discovery Returns to NASA Spaceport
space.com ^ | 8/21/05 | Tariq Malik

Posted on 08/21/2005 9:03:47 AM PDT by FReepaholic

The space shuttle Discovery returned to its home spaceport Sunday, landing at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) after a weekend flight across the country.

A modified Boeing 747 jumbo jet ferried Discovery to KSC’s Shuttle Landing Facility at the orbiter’s 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.

(Excerpt) Read more at space.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: 747; discovery; ksc; nasa; shuttle
Welcome home Discovery!


1 posted on 08/21/2005 9:03:47 AM PDT by FReepaholic
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To: tscislaw

It's funny, they look like a big and little brother, but which one goes into space? The young'n!


2 posted on 08/21/2005 9:08:10 AM PDT by DefiantZERO
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To: tscislaw

i never could believe that sight


3 posted on 08/21/2005 9:09:37 AM PDT by jneesy (certified southern right wing hillbilly nutjob)
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To: tscislaw

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.


4 posted on 08/21/2005 9:10:07 AM PDT by edcoil (Reality doesn't say much - doesn't need too)
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To: tscislaw
I have seen this many times, but still has to be the strangest looking thing in the sky!

We can do ANYTHING!

GOD BLESS AMERICA!

5 posted on 08/21/2005 9:10:09 AM PDT by JOE6PAK (Make somebody happy. Mind your own business.)
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To: tscislaw
Big deal. The space shuttle has turned into the little yellow diversity bus...."Hey, we just put the first mentally disabled paraplegic minority in space!" Wow! How about doing something inventive like Burt Rutan and Co.? The shuttle program was great, but like all government bureaucratic programs...it is now alive, just because it provides jobs and money to congressional districts...nothing more....welcome to government...
6 posted on 08/21/2005 9:11:16 AM PDT by There You Go Again
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To: tscislaw

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.


7 posted on 08/21/2005 9:12:12 AM PDT by mtbopfuyn (Legality does not dictate morality... Lavin)
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To: JOE6PAK
We can do ANYTHING!

That's right. We can even launch museum exhibits into space.

8 posted on 08/21/2005 9:13:16 AM PDT by RightWhale (Withdraw from the 1967 UN Outer Space Treaty and open the Land Office)
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To: tscislaw

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.


9 posted on 08/21/2005 9:23:48 AM PDT by buffyt (America will never seek a permission slip to defend the security of our people. Pres. George Bush)
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To: RightWhale

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.


10 posted on 08/21/2005 9:25:25 AM PDT by buffyt (America will never seek a permission slip to defend the security of our people. Pres. George Bush)
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To: tscislaw; All

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?

Anyone?


11 posted on 08/21/2005 9:25:56 AM PDT by Publius Valerius
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To: Publius Valerius
Is there some particular pressing reason why the space shuttle can't land in Florida

They tried, but weather forced them to California.

12 posted on 08/21/2005 9:29:10 AM PDT by RightWhale (Withdraw from the 1967 UN Outer Space Treaty and open the Land Office)
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To: tscislaw

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

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13 posted on 08/21/2005 9:34:21 AM PDT by Yollopoliuhqui (Science Driver)
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To: Yollopoliuhqui
We should put the corrupt, sovereignty destroying, socialist mole operation United Nations out of business and replace it with an international counterpart to NASA.

The post was okay up until this. The recognition of private property rights is the key to civilization.

14 posted on 08/21/2005 9:37:36 AM PDT by RightWhale (Withdraw from the 1967 UN Outer Space Treaty and open the Land Office)
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To: Yollopoliuhqui
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?

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.

15 posted on 08/21/2005 11:09:52 AM PDT by Lessismore
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To: DefiantZERO
Seeing this pic of Discovery surrounded by so much green made me recall a classic work........

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

16 posted on 08/21/2005 12:16:34 PM PDT by Names Ash Housewares
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To: JOE6PAK
Even the Russian can do it!


17 posted on 08/21/2005 1:49:44 PM PDT by Tommyjo
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To: Yollopoliuhqui
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?

Nowhere.

Because every word in the above statement is false.

18 posted on 08/21/2005 2:41:39 PM PDT by Republic If You Can Keep It
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To: RightWhale

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.

Walter


19 posted on 08/22/2005 9:46:47 AM PDT by Yollopoliuhqui (Science Driver)
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To: Republic If You Can Keep It

No, every word in your statement is false, including the period mark. Hey two can play at that game.

Walter

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20 posted on 08/22/2005 9:48:39 AM PDT by Yollopoliuhqui (Science Driver)
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To: Tommyjo
It's an amazing job of copying. They even copied the piggyback part. Never let it be said that the Russkies are not good at imitating the creativity of others.
21 posted on 08/22/2005 9:53:31 AM PDT by chimera
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To: Lessismore

Sniping at details does not make the essential point invalid- the space program is the greatest single concept peacetime science driver the planet has ever known. NASA is now the primary basic research institution in the country, bigger than MIT or Stanford or Los Alamos, etc. It has an entire devision dedicated to offering newly discovered technology and manufacturing processes to industry. Manned space exploration is crucial to the future of humanity, even if it's a hole card against cometary armageddon.

Walter

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22 posted on 08/22/2005 9:53:57 AM PDT by Yollopoliuhqui (Science Driver)
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To: Yollopoliuhqui

The trick is to think in terms of space development. Gov't will never do this. The State would if its institutions were properly organized.


23 posted on 08/22/2005 10:38:17 AM PDT by RightWhale (Withdraw from the 1967 UN Outer Space Treaty and open the Land Office)
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To: tscislaw
The space shuttle Discovery returned to its home spaceport Sunday,

NEVER TO FLY AGAIN

Geez Louize! What a fricking albatros!

What sort of viable space plane requires it's own private 747 to get around? How many million is that? How much per hour to fly the 747? Of course the 747 has absolutely no other function in life. How much to maintin this single use once every couple years 747? AND .... AND .... AND ...Its unsafe to fly.

24 posted on 08/22/2005 11:41:08 AM PDT by mercy (never again a patsy for Bill Gates - spyware and viri free for over TWO YEARS now)
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