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What's up Region 6? I hope all is well and everyone is doing good. I'm still in the Pacific Northwest. The weather has started to improve which is great but as most of you know, this region stays overcast cold and rainy most of the year.

I watched the new last Tuesday (04-17-12) as I was getting ready for work and saw where Space Shuttle Discovery was getting ready to make it's last voyage to it's final destination. It made a final pass by the Space Coast and Space Center then headed to north.

It wasn't long before the pics started to hit my inbox from some of the few coworkers left at the Space Center, Some from Califnornia, and Houston. It was a great program. i got to meet and work with alot of amazing people. Best of all I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of 25 years working on that program. Enjoy the pics...









 

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I'm glad it will be on display for everyone to see I made a trip to dc about ten years ago and plan on going back when my kids get a lil older thanks for sharing
 

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I was fortunate to be in an area where they did the flybys around DC. Awesome sight.

I posted a thread with pictures.
http://www.elcaminocentral.com/showthread.php?t=49521

Post #15 has a link to NASA's Flickr page with lots of really cool shots from the chase planes.


The Enterprise is now loaded onboard the 747 SCA for its flight to New York. However... weather has delayed that trip.
 

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Thanks for the pics you all! I love the shuttle!! We just missed a landing at Edwards AFB Ca, one year,, missed it by 30 minutes,, we flew over the long runway and looked at the shuttle on the hammer head at Edwards,, we flew to Palmdale and waited and another shuttle on the 747 showed up for depot work,, that was a 2 for one special!!! I wish I could of seen one blast off!!!!!!!!!!! I was surprised the Air Force museum at Wright-Patt did not get one,,, well we have the only XB-70 left,, matty man
 

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I was surprised the Air Force museum at Wright-Patt did not get one,,, well we have the only XB-70 left,, matty man
Well, it is more of an Air Force/Military facility. I would think NASA wanted them to go to homes where the focus was education. Could also be that WP didn't want to pay out the 28.8 million NASA required as costs to prep and transport.

Of the 4 survivors:

Discovery - we already know - Smithonian Institution.
Enterprise will be put up on display on the Intrepid Sea Air and Space Museum in New York.
Endeavour goes to the California Science Center in LA.
Atlantis stays at the Cape.
 

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Yes Matty...Wright Patterson is Awesome! They have one of everything since the beggining of flight. One of the Shuttles should be there too!
 

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Part of the stipulation was to display the vehicles at locations that had the most public access. Here's a few more. They keep coming.... LOL





This one was in my inbox when I got to work this afternoon. It is of Discovery and Enterprise nose to nose, eye to eye. LOL..

 

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How would you like to go this fast ? :nanawrench::nanawrench::nanawrench:



Q. How fast does a Space Shuttle travel? What is its altitude? How much fuel does it use? A. Like any other object in low Earth orbit, a Shuttle must reach speeds of about 17,500 miles per hour (28,000 kilometers per hour) to remain in orbit. The exact speed depends on the Shuttles orbital altitude, which normally ranges from 190 miles to 330 miles (304 kilometers to 528 kilometers) above sea level, depending on its mission. Each of the two solid rocket boosters on the Shuttle carries more than one million pounds of solid propellant. The Shuttles large external tank is loaded with more than 500,000 gallons of supercold liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen, which are mixed and burned together to form the fuel for the Shuttles three main rocket engines
 

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82 Elco , Thanks for the photos and good to hear you are well . Must admit I am a little envious of the job you have had with the shuttle efforts for these years . Great Job !! I know it must put a lump in your throat seeing it fly by again ! I always ask for more photos so why not indulge us ? How about that great nighttime photo you put up before . I think it was the " Endeavor " , sitting on the launch pad ? This effort is certainly something this country has a right to be pround of . :You_Rock:
 

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You guys be sure and come to Houston and see the Shuttle that we got as part of the program. Since Johnson Space Center was the hub of all manned space flight for NASA , we had our pick of the litter.!! WAIT !! WHAT??? Houston didn't get a Shuttle??:let_it_all_out: I think I might remember that on Nov. 6th..:texas:
 

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Hey Jarhead,I feel for you man,I think Houston should have got a shuttle.Should have been 1. Cape Canaveral,2.Houston,3.Smithsonian,4.Wright-Patterson AFB,Ohio,I can't believe we actually got one here in Brevard county,Fl. even though every space shuttle took off from here,present politics being what they are.No idea what NY & Calif. had to do with it.
 

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I'm with you on New York but.... California built it. I was part of that too. :cool4:
 

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82 Elco , Thanks for the photos and good to hear you are well . Must admit I am a little envious of the job you have had with the shuttle efforts for these years . Great Job !! I know it must put a lump in your throat seeing it fly by again ! I always ask for more photos so why not indulge us ? How about that great nighttime photo you put up before . I think it was the " Endeavor " , sitting on the launch pad ? This effort is certainly something this country has a right to be pround of . :You_Rock:

Yeup, it was one great ride. Glad to have been a part of it.









 

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You da man ! The photo of the shuttle sitting on the launch pad at night belongs in a magazine !
 

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You da man ! The photo of the shuttle sitting on the launch pad at night belongs in a magazine !

All of them are publish-worthy. (Is that a word?)(Who cares!)

Great pics.
 

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Enterprise arrives in NYC

Pretty inevitible I guess. I received a handful of Enterprise arriving in NYC late last week. Enjoy the pics..













Next up? California in Mid to late September. Enjoy the pics...
 
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