STS133 - Discovery's Final Flight

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  1. CyrDraconis

    CyrDraconis Well-Known Member

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  2. Aernaroth

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    An amazing legacy of scientific discovery, especially when you think most people would scrap their cars at half the age of the shuttle.
     
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    Salute, Discovery.

    The greatest achievement of mankind, I believe, is space flight. The shuttle program was a huge chapter in that achievement and we all owe the brave men and women a debt of gratitude.

    As said above, Godspeed Discovery, return safely.


    On a side note Boeing's museum of flight in Seattle is attempting to get a shuttle. I really hope they get Discovery.
     
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    Have a safe journey and a return safely.
     
  5. Pravus Prime

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    I still think it's quite odd that we're more or less abandoning the Orbital Vehicles. That we'll be essentially without any spacecraft for 5 years or so is also just wrong IMHO.

    While the Orion Spacecraft will be capable, it still won't be the same.
     
  6. mineraljane

    mineraljane Gravity Hugger

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    I miss the days when people were excited by science, rather than resistant because the process often reveals uncomfortable truths.

    If they had only stayed with Project Orion instead...
     
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    It was sad to see her lift off for the last time. Discovery is my favourite Shuttle.
    Wonderful to see that they got up there safely, though. I did notice something break away from the tank (foam?) and strike the shuttle, but I don't think it caused any damage. Haven't had a chance to see a replay yet.
    Hope the mission is successful and they have a safe landing.

    Some of you may find these links interesting (if you don't already know about them):
    Human Space Flight (HSF) - Orbital Tracking - Tracks the position of the ISS and the Shuttle
    Heavens-Above Home Page - Put your location in and it will tell you when the Shuttle, ISS or other satellites are visible from your location.
     
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    Final Flight. :(  Good luck, Discovery.
     
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    Godspeed, Discovery. Godspeed.
     
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    the should get all the astronauts off at the space station and then send the discovery off in a deep space trajectory. One last trip into space.......
     
  11. Aernaroth

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    but... but then how would they get home?
     
  12. ArmadaJetfire

    ArmadaJetfire <b><font color=blue>I voted for Super_Megatron and

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    Via the teleporter arrays DUH!
     
  13. Titanic X

    Titanic X Believe in the future!

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    Discovery... What an amazing shuttle. That thing's been a huge asset to the whole shuttle fleet. It's lived up to its name in a way. I mean, back in the 1980s, right after Challenger blew up, it was named the "Return to Flight" shuttle. Same thing right after Columbia disintegrated. And new problems were uncovered each time and remedied. New safety procedures were put into place as a result of that shuttle.

    Plus, it's kinda sad for me and my sister. We were born on the same day it was launched: August 30th, 1984. It was seven years old when we were born. Kinda ironic, really, having a B-day shuttle. :p  :3
     
  14. Aaron

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    I'm melancholy that I haven't gotten a chance to see a Shuttle Launch yet.
     
  15. Pravus Prime

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    Having seen both a launch and a return from many miles away, I'd say as an experience you're really missing out. As a sight, a return is not quite so impressive really, though a launch is cool even at a distance where the rockets are about the size of a childs thumb.
     
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    A shuttle launch is actually on my imaginary bucket list. The sound alone would be amazing.

    Godspeed, Discovery. RIP, Shuttle Program.
     
  17. Eric

    Eric RIP AND TEAR!!!

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    Wait...this is the last flight of Discovery? So that means no more people going into space?

    :(  Dammit, NASA.
     
  18. Aernaroth

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    It means no more people going into space for the foreseeable future using NASA craft. The russians will probably still send up astronauts and I imagine NASA will piggyback some people on their missions.
     
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    I suppose the problem is age coupled with safety. The shuttles are 30 years old. Although immaculately maintained and cared for, the shuttles can't last forever. I don't think the retiring of the shuttles is a failure. After their track record, the shuttle programme is a huge success. I think the absence of the shuttles should be a much needed kick in the pants for the American congress to start funding space flight seriously again.

    The process of discovery is beautiful. We need it to keep our minds fresh. It's too easy to get complaciant and live in the bubble just because it's scary out there.

    Well, there are talks of extending the the shuttle flights, but nothing yet. Like I said above, the primary problem is money. Though a huge success, the shuttle programme suffered big cuts from what was originally intended. The American legislature needs to start funding space flight seriously again.

    But the Russians can still get people into space. There's also SpaceX's Dragon Capsule, which had a successful unmanned test launch and re-entry. So it's not a total road closure into space.
     
  20. Autovolt 127

    Autovolt 127 Get In The Titan, Prime!

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    And here's to a end of a era.

    :drunk :
     

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