Man, just look at the condition of that thing. You'd almost think it re-entered the atmosphere like 38 times or something!
I was just thinking the same thing. I hope they at least give it a good wash!
The picture also screws with the scale of it. I was up close with the Enterprise lander at Udvar-Hazy, and I boggled at how BIG it actually is.
I'm sad to see the passing of an era, tho. The shuttles did some amazing things!
2010-09-13 07:58 pm (UTC)
Hiiii! I'm your Car Fox! Buy the shuttle; you're gonna love it!
I wonder how many people have noticed this...
The first (prototype) Space Shuttle was named Enterprise, after the Star Trek starship.
This last Space Shuttle named Discovery, shares its handle with the Jupiter probe craft in the movie "2001: A Space Odyssey".
The test shuttle's name; Enterprise was chosen by fans of the show, Star Trek in a nationwide nomination and voting project. As it was also the name of an historic exploration the later working shuttles were named after other exploration ships from History. Had production of the fleet continued, there was a movement to have one of the future shuttles named Calypso after Jacques Cousteau's flagship.
Actually, it's the next-to-last mission - Endeavour has the last one with STS-134 in February.
We'll be watching from Titusville; I'll wave goodbye for you. :)
D'oh! Thought this was the last. Guess I lost count.
Thanks for the correction. And do give it a fond wave farewell for me. :)
I will, thanks! Every geek should see monkeys being shot into space at least once.
Discovery was supposed to be the last, but STS-134 got pushed back due to the mess with the AMS package. So, you were correct up until May of this year, I think. :)
"after fixing a problem with a loose nut"
Hey, I told them I was going to leave them alone after the last time!
Probably a lot of a loose nuts at NASA. ; P
Hard to think the end of that era is so near...
....and they will be replaced by the new manned program; BAR aka 'Bum a Ride'
I got to see a shuttle land at Moffett Field. They are quite incredible vehicles that have done an amazing amount of work in space.
Whaaa? When was this? o.o I've lived at the end of Moffett's flight path all my life and never recall a shuttle landing here, when did I miss it?
Erm - perhaps my post was a little briefer than it should have been - I saw a live broadcast of the Endeavor landing via NASA TV at Moffett Field back in 2007. The closest I ever came to seeing an actual shuttle landing in person was watching at a distance when a shuttle came down at Edwards AFB.
Edited at 2010-09-17 04:11 am (UTC)
Discovery is now a FOD free zone!