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    Thread: April 17 - Shuttle Discovery to land at Dulles

    1. 04-17-2012 11:37 AM #51
      well we saw a rare bird that looks very similar from 8-10,000', but it wasn't the sca.



      i wasn't sure at first, but then i got back and read that the ussod left for brussels this morning.



      one e-4b leaves, another has to fly in and take it's place, cog stuff.

      bummer. will be heading to the museum again once the display opens.
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      04-17-2012 11:38 AM #52
      Awesome pictures.

      Is there a pretty good possibily that there was another aircraft pacing along to get high-quality shots from the air? I see the escort in the background of one of the ones above - just curious.

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      04-17-2012 11:41 AM #53
      Quote Originally Posted by Vince IsA Beast View Post
      Got an amazing view of it as it flew right over my building while 20 of us were on the roof.
      Was this you?


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      04-17-2012 11:49 AM #54
      Quote Originally Posted by Tornado2dr View Post
      Awesome pictures.

      Is there a pretty good possibily that there was another aircraft pacing along to get high-quality shots from the air? I see the escort in the background of one of the ones above - just curious.
      NASA T-38s, yes. Photos will be forthcoming, I'm sure.
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      04-17-2012 12:00 PM #55
      For NYC area members:

      NASA's 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) with space shuttle Enterprise mounted atop will fly at a relatively low altitude over various parts of the New York City metropolitan area on Monday, April 23.

      The Federal Aviation Administration is coordinating the flight, which is scheduled to occur between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. EDT.

      The exact route and timing of the flight depend on weather and operational constraints, including the on-time delivery of space shuttle Discovery to the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va., this week. If all goes as planned, the aircraft is expected to fly near a variety of landmarks in the metropolitan area, including the Statue of Liberty and the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. When the flyover is complete, the SCA will land at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

      During the weeks following the arrival, Enterprise will be "demated" from the 747 and placed on a barge that will be moved by tugboat up the Hudson River to the Intrepid museum in June. The shuttle will be lifted by crane and placed on the flight deck of the Intrepid, where it will be on exhibit to the public starting this summer in a temporary climate-controlled pavilion. The Intrepid continues to work on a permanent exhibit facility to showcase Enterprise that will enhance the museum's space-related exhibits and education curriculum

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      04-17-2012 12:01 PM #56
      Quote Originally Posted by Egz View Post
      Was this you?

      Yea. Different building haha, but yea we were like that.
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      04-17-2012 12:38 PM #57
      Last edited by sg207ptg; 04-17-2012 at 12:53 PM.

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      04-17-2012 01:27 PM #58
      ^^^Cool

      There are some cool photos sent in by readers on washingtonpost.com

      http://www.washingtonpost.com/nation...y.html#photo=1

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      04-17-2012 02:41 PM #59
      Amazing!

      At least one shuttle will be properly taken care of at Udvar-Hazy.

      I hope NASA got as much PR as possible from the loops around the mall. The current state of funding is debilitating, even for CCdev. Unmanned exploration and planetary science have all been completely decimated.
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      04-17-2012 02:43 PM #60
      Quote Originally Posted by KahviVW View Post
      Amazing!

      At least one shuttle will be properly taken care of at Udvar-Hazy.

      I hope NASA got as much PR as possible from the loops around the mall. The current state of funding is debilitating, even for CCdev. Unmanned exploration and planetary science have all been completely decimated.
      Should have towed a banner behind it "Like what you see? Call your Congressman to ask for more"

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      04-17-2012 07:20 PM #61
      Cool pics
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      04-17-2012 09:07 PM #62
      It was so amazing to see history like this today from the roof of the tallest building in National Harbor and being one of two allowed up

      So glad she made it home safe and sound and I can't wait to see her in person. Make's me all warm and fuzzy just saying it lol

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      04-18-2012 11:57 AM #63
      Quote Originally Posted by dubfan View Post
      NASA T-38s, yes. Photos will be forthcoming, I'm sure.
      I've seen the pics from the airborne T-38s, for the KSC departure leg only though, but they're embargoed ATM. Not sure why. They're spectacular. Some nice shots with the SCA/Discovery + the C9 Pathfinder aircraft, and some others with sun shining thru the gap between the SCA and Discovery. Will post a link when they get released.

      In the meantime, I think this is probably the best collection of ground-based photography from the KSC end:

      http://www.launchphotography.com/Dis...onian_VAB.html

      Really amazing stuff there. Not hotlinking because the quality is so amazing. I think he shot from the VAB roof.
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      04-18-2012 01:13 PM #64
      Quote Originally Posted by Tornado2dr View Post
      I really like that the shuttle is still all scarred up and dirty. I hope they all stay that way.
      My dad volunteers at Udvar-Hazy and he said it's not going to be cleaned prior to going on display. It's going in grimy and dirty.

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      04-18-2012 02:05 PM #65
      Quote Originally Posted by dubfan View Post
      Really amazing stuff there. Not hotlinking because the quality is so amazing. I think he shot from the VAB roof.
      Wow, thanks!

      I noticed in a few of the pictures from wapo.com that there appears to be scaffolding up around the statue of freedom atop the capitol building, with a couple of people up there. I'm jealous.

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      04-18-2012 08:37 PM #66


      JSC2012-E-041295 (17 April 2012) --- The space shuttle Discovery, mounted atop a NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), flies away from the Kennedy Space Center on April 17, 2012 headed to the Washington, D.C. area. The view is from a NASA T-38, piloted by Richard Clark, which flew as a chase plane for the trip. Discovery, the first orbiter retired from NASA's shuttle fleet, completed 39 missions, spent 365 days in space, orbited the Earth 5,830 times, and traveled 148,221,675 miles. NASA will transfer Discovery to the National Air and Space Museum to begin its new mission to commemorate past achievements in space and to educate and inspire future generations of explorers. Photo Credit: NASA
      Hi res: http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/...012e041295.jpg



      JSC2012-E-041320 (17 April 2012) --- The space shuttle Discovery, mounted atop a NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), leaves the Kennedy Space Center on April 17, 2012 headed to the Washington, D.C. area. A C-9 aircraft, near top, accompanies the flight. The view is from a NASA T-38, piloted by Richard Clark, which flew as a chase plane for the trip. Discovery, the first orbiter retired from NASA's shuttle fleet, completed 39 missions, spent 365 days in space, orbited the Earth 5,830 times, and traveled 148,221,675 miles. NASA will transfer Discovery to the National Air and Space Museum to begin its new mission to commemorate past achievements in space and to educate and inspire future generations of explorers. Photo Credit: NASA
      Hi res: http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/...012e041320.jpg

      There's more cool stuff but it's still under embargo ...
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      04-18-2012 11:13 PM #67
      Big thanks to dubfan for keeping me abreast on OV-103's status! It was amazing to see it for the last time in the wild.


      Space Shuttle Discovery, IAD 4/17/12 by golftango, on Flickr


      Space Shuttle Discovery, IAD 4/17/12 by golftango, on Flickr


      Space Shuttle Discovery, IAD 4/17/12 by golftango, on Flickr


      Space Shuttle Discovery, IAD 4/17/12 by golftango, on Flickr


      Space Shuttle Discovery, IAD 4/17/12 by golftango, on Flickr


      Space Shuttle Discovery, IAD 4/17/12 by golftango, on Flickr


      Space Shuttle Discovery, IAD 4/17/12 by golftango, on Flickr
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      04-19-2012 02:09 AM #68
      to GolfTango. Spectacular photos -- as good as anything I've seen from the pros. Mega-kudos.

      On Apron W, awaiting demating, scheduled to occur overnight. Will be nose-to-nose w/Enterprise at handover ceremony tomorrow @ 11am. From Ben Cooper:

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      PHOTO: I just snapped this shot of Discovery about to be demated at Dulles (shot for @collectSPACE): twitpic.com/9bh0il
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      04-19-2012 04:23 AM #69
      Getting ready to leave for the event. Not looking forward to I-95N

      Edit: of course, today has to be the day people eff up and fully shut down 95N
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      04-19-2012 10:34 AM #70
      From @Astronut099 on Twitter:













      From @NASA:





      From @RobertPearlman

      (that's Approach & Landing Test pilot Joe Engle in the flight suit):



      "Personally, I believe that 'fairness' consists in the fruits of my labor not being taken by corrupt hacks to redistribute to their cronies in exchange for votes." -- Glenn Reynolds

    21. 04-19-2012 03:29 PM #71
      Quote Originally Posted by dubfan View Post
      You guys don't even wanna know the story with Intrepid and Enterprise.

      It's too depressing.

      Bottom line: they're supposed to build something to cover & house it, but they are way, way behind in the planning and fund-raising so they're going to keep it somewhere else for a while (JFK? Laguardia? Can't remember...) and then move it when the facility is ready.

      Problem is, one of the conditions of them getting it in the first place was that they have the facility ready to go... And it looks like Intrepid knew this all along... So a lot of people (Houston, mainly) are crying foul.
      seriously, how much would a prefab steel structure over it be? They are built all the time for other stuff, its not that expensive.

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      04-19-2012 08:10 PM #72
      A couple of pictures I took from today.






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      04-20-2012 08:56 AM #73
      T-38 pics from the departure leg are up, including some massively hi-res versions. They're amazing -- the sunrise lighting and colors are just spectacular in some of the pics. Some of the nicest aviation photography I've ever seen.

      The first pic is actually a video from inside the T-38 of their taxi & takeoff roll.

      http://www.flickr.com/photos/nasa_jsc_photo/
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      04-28-2012 10:48 AM #74
      Quote Originally Posted by dubfan View Post
      Problem is, one of the conditions of them getting it in the first place was that they have the facility ready to go... And it looks like Intrepid knew this all along... So a lot of people (Houston, mainly) are crying foul.
      Don't get me started. We don't vote for the right people so this is part of our punishment. Anyone who says that politics didn't play into this is either naive or lying.
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      04-29-2012 01:32 PM #75
      Quote Originally Posted by Seabird View Post
      Don't get me started. We don't vote for the right people so this is part of our punishment. Anyone who says that politics didn't play into this is either naive or lying.
      Well I think NY had a small advantage with the amount of international tourism it gets.

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