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The World Trade Center and Space Shuttle…..June 2012….

The Space Shuttle passes One World Trade Center -- which recently became the tallest building in New York City -- on its way to the Intrepid Air & Space Museum, where it will be on permanent display.

photo…The Port Authority of NY and NJ…..

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June 17, 2012 Posted by | Aircraft, Blogs, Boats, Government, Media, Other Things, Space, Updates | , , | Leave a comment

The Space Shuttle Atlantis lifts off on it last voyage?…….

What a beautiful picture!

As the United States moves out of the manned space business…

Hopefully the private guys will work up their spacecraft……

The space shuttle Atlantis, carrying a crew of six, a Russian docking module and critical spare parts, vaulted into orbit Friday on a 12-day space station assembly mission, the orbiter’s 32nd and final planned flight after a quarter century of service.

With NASA bracing for the looming retirement of the shuttle fleet after a final three missions, Atlantis roared to life and rocketed away from its seaside pad at 2:20 p.m. Eastern time. The eight-and-a-half-minute ascent appeared normal as the spacecraft climbed through a partly cloudy sky, putting on a familiar, soon-to-be-missed show for area residents and tourists who turned out in droves to catch a glimpse of Atlantis’s final launching.

A camera mounted on the shuttle’s external tank provided dramatic views of the climb to space with no obvious signs of foam insulation or other debris that might have caused any damage.

Strapped in on Atlantis’s flight deck were Capt. Kenneth T. Ham of the Navy, the commander; Cmdr. Dominic A. Antonelli, also of the Navy, the pilot; the flight engineer, Michael T. Good, a retired Air Force colonel; and Garrett E. Reisman, veteran of a three-month stay aboard the space station in 2008.

Seated on the shuttle’s lower deck were Capt. Stephen G. Bowen of the Navy, a former submariner, and Piers J. Sellers, a British-born astronaut who arranged to carry a piece of bark from Isaac Newton’s apple tree into the weightlessness of space. All six astronauts are shuttle veterans.

If all goes well, Captain Ham will guide Atlantis to a docking with the forward port of the International Space Station early Sunday, kicking off a busy week of assembly work.

The day after docking, Captain Bowen and Mr. Reisman plan to stage a six-and-a-half-hour spacewalk to install a spare Ku-band dish antenna and to mount an equipment stowage platform on a Canadian robot arm extension. The next day, Mr. Reisman, operating the station arm from inside the station’s new multiwindow cupola, will attach the 17,760-pound Rassvetmodule to the Earth-facing port of the central Russian Zarya module.

The new compartment will serve as an extended docking compartment, providing needed clearance between the Russian segment’s forward port and an American storage module scheduled for installation on the next shuttle mission later this year. The new module was loaded with 1.5 tons of American supplies and equipment for launch aboard Atlantis.

The day after the Rassvet installation, Captain Bowen and Mr. Good will stage a spacewalk to begin replacing six 375-pound batteries in the station’s far left set of solar arrays. A final spacewalk with Mr. Reisman and Mr. Good is planned to finish up the work.

Atlantis is scheduled to undock from the space station May 23 and land back at the Kennedy Space Center around 8:44 a.m. on May 26.

More……..

Note……NASA is trying to possibly wring one more flight out of Atlantis as a last supply mission for the International Space Station sometime later this year…..

Here is a quick link to a final farewell…

http://www.space.com/common/media/video/player.php?videoRef=SP_100514_AtlantisLegacy

Thanks BDog!

May 16, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Space, Travel, Updates, Women | , | 4 Comments

The Space Shuttle program starts it’s shutdown……

Ah, I’m not happy……

Not at all…….This is wrong….


The Sierra Nevada people need to kick their program into HIGH…..

The shuttle Atlantis is poised for its final scheduled mission—the delivery of a compact Russian docking and laboratory module to the International Space Station.

Liftoff from Kennedy Space Center is set for May 14 at 2:20 p.m. EDT initiating a 12-day flight.

The spacecraft’s six-man crew has trained to deliver Rassvet, or “Dawn,” a 23-ft.-long compartment that will open a fourth docking port on the orbiting lab for the Russian Soyuz and Progress capsules that will continue to come and go long after Atlantis, then orbiters Discovery and finally Endeavour, complete their final flights by year-end.

During three spacewalks, the crew also will overhaul the station’s oldest solar-power module with new storage batteries and install a backup high-data-rate communications antenna. Other supplies delivered by Atlantis and upgrades planned by the astronauts will prepare the orbital outpost for operations well beyond the shuttle’s retirement.

“It’s a soul-searching moment right now,” says astronaut Ken Ham, the U.S. Navy captain who will command the 25-year-old winged orbiter on its 32nd space voyage.

In a harbinger of things to come as the program winds down, last week shuttle contractors shed 800 workers from hardware production, launch and landing support, as well as the spare parts depot, shrinking the national shuttle workforce to 10,700, according to John Shannon, NASA shuttle program manager.

Once Atlantis returns to Earth, only two scheduled missions remain, both of them still angling to pin down their departure dates. Discovery is tentatively slated to lift off on Sept. 16 on an eight-day flight to the ISS that will deliver an Italian Multi-Purpose Logistics Module upgraded as a permanent supply compartment. Endeavour, recently bumped to a tentative Nov. 27 launch date from late July, will deliver the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, an external observatory with 16 national sponsors for the study of cosmic rays and space particles……

More……..

May 13, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Space, Updates, Women | , | 3 Comments

The Space Shuttle program starts it's shutdown……

Ah, I’m not happy……

Not at all…….This is wrong….


The Sierra Nevada people need to kick their program into HIGH…..

The shuttle Atlantis is poised for its final scheduled mission—the delivery of a compact Russian docking and laboratory module to the International Space Station.

Liftoff from Kennedy Space Center is set for May 14 at 2:20 p.m. EDT initiating a 12-day flight.

The spacecraft’s six-man crew has trained to deliver Rassvet, or “Dawn,” a 23-ft.-long compartment that will open a fourth docking port on the orbiting lab for the Russian Soyuz and Progress capsules that will continue to come and go long after Atlantis, then orbiters Discovery and finally Endeavour, complete their final flights by year-end.

During three spacewalks, the crew also will overhaul the station’s oldest solar-power module with new storage batteries and install a backup high-data-rate communications antenna. Other supplies delivered by Atlantis and upgrades planned by the astronauts will prepare the orbital outpost for operations well beyond the shuttle’s retirement.

“It’s a soul-searching moment right now,” says astronaut Ken Ham, the U.S. Navy captain who will command the 25-year-old winged orbiter on its 32nd space voyage.

In a harbinger of things to come as the program winds down, last week shuttle contractors shed 800 workers from hardware production, launch and landing support, as well as the spare parts depot, shrinking the national shuttle workforce to 10,700, according to John Shannon, NASA shuttle program manager.

Once Atlantis returns to Earth, only two scheduled missions remain, both of them still angling to pin down their departure dates. Discovery is tentatively slated to lift off on Sept. 16 on an eight-day flight to the ISS that will deliver an Italian Multi-Purpose Logistics Module upgraded as a permanent supply compartment. Endeavour, recently bumped to a tentative Nov. 27 launch date from late July, will deliver the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, an external observatory with 16 national sponsors for the study of cosmic rays and space particles……

More……..

May 13, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Space, Updates, Women | , | 3 Comments

The Nation’s Space Program is a mess……..

[ The Space Shuttle and Orion ‘Phone Booth’ Capsule ]

President Obama stung by a huge pushback on his idea to give a good part of NASA manned space travel mission to private entranuers…..will give a speech tomorrow in which he will try to ‘jawbone’ his way into the hearts of his critics……

The Space program in general …and NASA in particular is still jobs and money…..

Most of us would gladly cut the balls out of the space program…..

Really, why would you spend money going to the Moon?

While it has been done….and is a great technical achievement…..

It’s spending billions to fly to a rock in space….period!

So Obama listening to hisn heart and suggestion proposed a few months ago to slow down  if not  scrap the ‘ telephone booth’ space capsule meant to replace the Space Shuttle……

The Air Force quickly resurrected their own version of the shuttle the X-37B and will get it rolling…thus lokkin over their shoulders at NASA getting out the manned flight business…while private companies jump in…

Obama is supposed to do this…..

In an announcement to be made at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the president will personally talk for the first time about the sweeping upheaval of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s human spaceflight program outlined in his 2011 budget request: canceling the current program that is to send astronauts back to the Moon, investing in commercial companies to provide transportation to orbit and developing new space technologies.

and this …….

Mr. Obama’s budget request called for the cancellation of Orion crew capsule, which was to be used to carry astronauts to the International Space Station and then to the Moon, as well as other components of the current program known as Constellation.

The president will propose that a simpler version of the Orion be used as a lifeboat for the space station. Russian Soyuz capsules currently provide that function. Because the Orion lifeboat would not carry astronauts to the space station, it could be launched on existing rockets.

The official said Mr. Obama would also announce that he would commit to deciding in 2015 on a design of a heavy-lift rocket for NASA. “This means major work on the heavy-lift rocket at least two years earlier than Constellation,” the official said. Astronauts would leave Earth orbit in the early 2020s, the official said, destined for the Moon, asteroids and eventually Mars.

Mr. Obama will also announce $40 million devoted to helping Florida adjust economically after the retirement of the space shuttles, scheduled for this year.

More……..

I just read that all the money spend on the Orion was for nothing but a striped down version to be used as a life boat for the International Space Station.

I happen to think that the Shuttle should not be taken out of business..but should updated…..

If the president can ride in 30 year old Marine One helo’s….. why not retro fit the Shuttles’?

Oh, yea…..look for a BIG Frigging fight from Congress on this…….

April 14, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Space, The Economy, Travel, Updates, Women | , , , , | 1 Comment

The Nation's Space Program is a mess……..

[ The Space Shuttle and Orion ‘Phone Booth’ Capsule ]

President Obama stung by a huge pushback on his idea to give a good part of NASA manned space travel mission to private entranuers…..will give a speech tomorrow in which he will try to ‘jawbone’ his way into the hearts of his critics……

The Space program in general …and NASA in particular is still jobs and money…..

Most of us would gladly cut the balls out of the space program…..

Really, why would you spend money going to the Moon?

While it has been done….and is a great technical achievement…..

It’s spending billions to fly to a rock in space….period!

So Obama listening to hisn heart and suggestion proposed a few months ago to slow down  if not  scrap the ‘ telephone booth’ space capsule meant to replace the Space Shuttle……

The Air Force quickly resurrected their own version of the shuttle the X-37B and will get it rolling…thus lokkin over their shoulders at NASA getting out the manned flight business…while private companies jump in…

Obama is supposed to do this…..

In an announcement to be made at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the president will personally talk for the first time about the sweeping upheaval of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s human spaceflight program outlined in his 2011 budget request: canceling the current program that is to send astronauts back to the Moon, investing in commercial companies to provide transportation to orbit and developing new space technologies.

and this …….

Mr. Obama’s budget request called for the cancellation of Orion crew capsule, which was to be used to carry astronauts to the International Space Station and then to the Moon, as well as other components of the current program known as Constellation.

The president will propose that a simpler version of the Orion be used as a lifeboat for the space station. Russian Soyuz capsules currently provide that function. Because the Orion lifeboat would not carry astronauts to the space station, it could be launched on existing rockets.

The official said Mr. Obama would also announce that he would commit to deciding in 2015 on a design of a heavy-lift rocket for NASA. “This means major work on the heavy-lift rocket at least two years earlier than Constellation,” the official said. Astronauts would leave Earth orbit in the early 2020s, the official said, destined for the Moon, asteroids and eventually Mars.

Mr. Obama will also announce $40 million devoted to helping Florida adjust economically after the retirement of the space shuttles, scheduled for this year.

More……..

I just read that all the money spend on the Orion was for nothing but a striped down version to be used as a life boat for the International Space Station.

I happen to think that the Shuttle should not be taken out of business..but should updated…..

If the president can ride in 30 year old Marine One helo’s….. why not retro fit the Shuttles’?

Oh, yea…..look for a BIG Frigging fight from Congress on this…….

April 14, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Space, The Economy, Travel, Updates, Women | , , , , | 1 Comment