The last Shuttle flight

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  1. Fez Findie

    Fez Findie Well-Known Member

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  2. AutobotIgnition

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    I was wondering if anyone else on here would be watching the launch.
    I know that the weather's not been too good, but apparently it's improved a little, so that's good news.
    Safe journey, Atlantis.
     
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    Watching now
     
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    Trying to put Starscream to the back of my mind.

    Watching the live cams online. :(  I want more space.
     
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    That's still just so incredible to see..It's amazing.
     
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    I've been lucky enough to see two launches in person (well from a distance) at Cape Kennedy when I was a lot younger. It really is such a shame how close we are to advancing out space program, but such little funding and interest.

    I know the shuttle is being given up to go back to sectional space craft technology, but it really is such a shame. I can't believe in this day and age of mankind, people care more about celebrities and nonsense sports. It really is an absolute shame.
     
  8. grimlock1972

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    I can remember watching some of the launches on tv when i was in elementary school and beyond.
     
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    Really? So there is some new tech that's going to make it cost less than $10,000 a pound to get something into orbit? Or is it still that any option but a rocket is a fantasy or decades from being viable.

    People cared more about celebrities and sports when men walked on the moon. They cared more about celebrities and sports when the shuttle first launched. People are always going to care more about celebrities and sports. Oh and sectional space craft never stopped being used. The shuttle was just used for humans. Anything else went with sectional craft. Russia still uses them for hauling people.
     
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    Man......I'm sad now. I didn't even watch it LIVE.

    :banghead: 
     
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    Watched it today and especially enjoyed the camera attached to the shuttle. Historic event was historic.
     
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    Me, my girlfriend, her mom, and my nephew were 3 miles away from the launchpad. We were across the river from the pad, and there were 3,000 people in the area where we were alone.

    NASA expected close to a million people and I guarantee there were more than that.

    For the actual launch, we waded out into the water with 30 other people and watched it from there.

    The USAF were doing flyovers with a squadron of F-22 Raptors and another squadron of jets that I couldn't identify because they never flew over close enough to spot.

    I kept telling my girlfriend that Starscream really needed to go away.

    Peter Cullen was apparently at KSC for the launch but wasn't meeting with the public until tomorrow.

    Seeing the final launch live was amazing and gave me chills since it was my first shuttle launch ever.

    Hell, you guys would be surprised at how many cars had Autobot and Decepticon emblems on em down there for the launch. There was even a 2010 Transformers edition Camaro that was actually at KSC, a lot of people were speculating that it was a screen used ROTF Bee, which I highly doubt it. We saw the car 2 hours before the launch and it didn't scream screen used ROTF car at all, but who knows.
     
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    I'm curious as to what will happen with the astronauts already on the ISS. They can't, theoretically, get off the ISS, unless a space shuttle comes up. And besides, aren't they planning to expand the ISS anyways?
     
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    The Russians will still be sending up manned crafts, so they will be bringing home whoever is left up there.
     
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    American and other international astronauts will also be piggybacking on soviet missions for the foreseeable future.
     
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    So we'll all be going back in time? Damned sneaky of us :p 
     
  18. Aernaroth

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

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    Yeah, that's quite the freudian slip. Maybe I was thinking of Soyuz and it came through in the post? RUSSIAN missions. RUSSIAN.

    Still sort of using Soviet space technology, I guess.

    http://www.nasa.gov/missions/current/index.html

    Here's what NASA's up to now, a lot of earth ecosystem observations, which is great, and also a lot of asteroid / comet studies, which should come in very handy given NASA's future plans.
     
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    The Soyuz is basically Soviet-era tech, and the shuttles go back 30 years. It seems a sensible decision on NASA's part to retire the shuttles to free up resources and personnel to develop new vehicles.

    And DAMN, that is a long list of missions. That is an instant bookmark!

    Here's a list of some of the possible successors.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-14089297
     

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