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Old 04-17-12, 02:40 PM   #1
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Discovery leaving Kennedy Space Center

OT, I know. But this is the last photo I'll ever get of the Space Shuttle Discovery at KSC. It flew out of here about 7:00 a.m., and I was at the visitor's center to see her go. The shuttle program needed to end, and it was a real drain on NASA's budget. But it's still tough to see the orbiters go.

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Was never impressed by the launches but on TV I saw the first free fall back to earth and landing. That was so graceful that I was hooked on the shuttle missions after that.
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Just saw a pic of it landing at Dulles
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The windows in my pharmacy in Titusville shook during take off so bad we were afraid to get near them. I was there for the first launch but I've been gone for 15 years
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As a Washington Capitals' fan, I have a lot of DC-area Facebook friends, and several have posted pictures of the flight around DC. I'm planning a vacation day or two when Endeavour comes home to California.
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I remember seeing the first shuttle making its way to FL from the west coast in early 1979. I was stationed at Lackland AFB and remember it was a pretty big deal when it landed at Kelly AFB. I was in awe of it then - and that never changed.
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Thanks for posting all the pictures in and around the Space Center.
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Thanks for posting all the pictures in and around the Space Center.
SpaceX's first launch of Dragon to ISS is set for the end of the month, and if it's a success it will be a huge deal. I'll be there to get some pics.
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It did two loops around the Tysons Corner, VA area (where I work) on its way to Dulles this morning. All my cellphone pics of it are crap, but it looked pretty much like this one:

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I got to watch an orbiter on the shuttle 747 come in to Eglin AFB while working at Hurlburt Field AFSOC Hq in the early 90's on its way to Kennedy Space Center. I thought watching a C-5A was neat as big as they are but the 747/orbiter combination was awesome to see myself.

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Dumb question. Is it going in the Air and Space museum? Because that place is in dire need of something new. I hadn't been there for like 15 years until recently and it hadn't changed one bit. Old and stale come to mind.
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Yes the Discovery Shuttle Orbiter is going to the National Air and Space Museum.
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It's going to the annex at Dulles. Not enough room at the downtown museum. Endeavour is going to Los Angeles and Atlantis is staying here at KSC. Endeavour is flying out in September.
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And not one will be on display in Houston? One goes to Los Angeles but not one to Houston? Come on.
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And not one will be on display in Houston? One goes to Los Angeles but not one to Houston? Come on.
Houston & Texas voted against Obama, right? And Los Angeles voted for Obama?
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Enterprise is going to the Intrepid Museum facility in New York. It's right that one should be here in LA, since Rockwell's Space Division was in Downey and the orbiters themselves were assembled up the freeway a bit in Palmdale.
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And not one will be on display in Houston? One goes to Los Angeles but not one to Houston? Come on.
It was a big deal when NASA decided to give one to us here in FL and to California and not to Houston. The decision came down the number of tourists that would be there to see it. Houston is not, I understand, a tourist mecca, unlike central Florida. So, tough luck, Houston. You have a problem.
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It's going to the annex at Dulles. Not enough room at the downtown museum. Endeavour is going to Los Angeles and Atlantis is staying here at KSC. Endeavour is flying out in September.
You got me Kurt, I neglected to include the annex. Too big a hurry typing to get things right I suppose, thanks.

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The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center near Washington Dulles International Airport is the companion facility to the Museum on the National Mall. It currently houses "Enterprise" which was built as a test orbiter and never flew in space. It is an amazing place to visit and on par with the original National Air and Space Museum downtown.
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It was a big deal when NASA decided to give one to us here in FL and to California and not to Houston. The decision came down the number of tourists that would be there to see it. Houston is not, I understand, a tourist mecca, unlike central Florida. So, tough luck, Houston. You have a problem.
Not to go against my city, but I do see Spoke's point. I was in Houston at the Johnson Center a few year's back, and that place was just awesome. If any city deserves to exhibit one of the Space Shuttle's, its Houston. Still, the Science Center at Exposition Park In LA is building a hanger to house the shuttle and its booster rockets in, so it should be a really first class display.
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Didn't NASA have cities and museums that wanted to display an orbiter submit plans on how they would fund the decommissioning of the orbiter, its transport to their location and the facilities they required for the display of one and its upkeep? No one just "got one" did they? People here wanted to know why the National Museum of Naval Aviation didn't try and have one donated. Captain Rassmussen (my CO at one time for AOCS) had to explain several times that NASA wasn't giving them away to just any museum and that we could not afford the facility and all the other costs of competing for an orbiter. We do have an Apollo Command module and some Mercury items since we had Land and Water Survival for the astronauts and housed the Chimp lab here.

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