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Old 02-23-2013, 10:52 AM   #337
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Be sure to visit Enterprise and Discovery too. They're pretty close to you.
I was able to get to Enterprise when it was in the Air and Space Museum. I just found out that Discovery is there, so another trip is required
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Old 02-23-2013, 01:09 PM   #341
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I was able to get to Enterprise when it was in the Air and Space Museum. I just found out that Discovery is there, so another trip is required
Oh you HAVE to see Discovery. Not only is she the oldest surving Space Shuttle, she was used the most and did more missions than any other spacecraft in the world. She truly is a national treasure.
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Oh you HAVE to see Discovery. Not only is she the oldest surving Space Shuttle, she was used the most and did more missions than any other spacecraft in the world. She truly is a national treasure.
I'm looking forward to it now! The pictures on the website look great. Do they have fake engines installed or does it have the tail cone? Also, which is your favorite shuttle?
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I'm looking forward to it now! The pictures on the website look great. Do they have fake engines installed or does it have the tail cone? Also, which is your favorite shuttle?
Discovery's engines are replicas. NASA took all the real main engines out of the orbiters when they sent them to their museums. Some are going to museums, others are staying with NASA for SLS, NASA's next manned space program.

Discovery does not have a tail cone because the Smithsonian wanted it to look like it just landed. However, Enterprise has her tail cone installed because the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum wanted her to look like she did when she performed the Approach and Landing tests in the 70's. She had her tail cone installed for most of these tests.

I love all the orbiters like they're my own, but Space Shuttle Atlantis will forever be close to my heart. With the exception of Space Shuttle Enterprise, Atlantis was the first Space Shuttle I ever saw. The last time I saw her, she was positioned on launch pad 39A in 2011 for STS-135, the Space Shuttle Program's final mission the very next day. I still remember the thundering boom her SRBs made when they separated for the final time after launch.

She will also be the first orbiter I see in her retirement home. I'm thinking about visiting her in July, a couple days after her exhibit opens.
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Discovery's engines are replicas. NASA took all the real main engines out of the orbiters when they sent them to their museums. Some are going to museums, others are staying with NASA for SLS, NASA's next manned space program.

Discovery does not have a tail cone because the Smithsonian wanted it to look like it just landed. However, Enterprise has her tail cone installed because the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum wanted her to look like she did when she performed the Approach and Landing tests in the 70's. She had her tail cone installed for most of these tests.

I love all the orbiters like they're my own, but Space Shuttle Atlantis will forever be close to my heart. With the exception of Space Shuttle Enterprise, Atlantis was the first Space Shuttle I ever saw. The last time I saw her, she was positioned on launch pad 39A in 2011 for STS-135, the Space Shuttle Program's final mission the very next day. I still remember the thundering boom her SRBs made when they separated for the final time after launch.

She will also be the first orbiter I see in her retirement home. I'm thinking about visiting her in July, a couple days after her exhibit opens.
Great story! I wish I could have made it to the final launch. I was only able to make one launch back in 2008, I can't remember if it was STS-117 or STS-118. It was a great experience
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Great story! I wish I could have made it to the final launch. I was only able to make one launch back in 2008, I can't remember if it was STS-117 or STS-118. It was a great experience
Well both STS-117 and STS-118 were in 2007. If you can tell me what month you went, I can tell you which mission you saw.
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Well both STS-117 and STS-118 were in 2007. If you can tell me what month you went, I can tell you which mission you saw.
Yeah, it was summer 2007. I believe it was in August because the one in July landed at Edwards, and I remember watching the landing on TV at Kennedy.
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Yeah, it was summer 2007. I believe it was in August because the one in July landed at Edwards, and I remember watching the landing on TV at Kennedy.
Then it was STS-117 flown by Space Shuttle Atlantis.
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Curiosity's new picture.

So....how'd Curiosity take a picture of itself without the camera being attached?

Who else is on Mars taking a picture of the rover?

Plus, where's the shadow of the camera? You can clearly see that there's a shadow behind the rover's wheel closest to the camera indicating a light source behind the camera perspective, but then in the sky you can see the sun clearly in the opposite direction. I'm so confused...
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