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-- Space Shuttle Discovery: Old Friend, New Neighbor http://www.spaceref.com/news/viewnews.html?id=1637



And just as I thought that we might miss it, I heard children start to scream. Suddenly, out of the south there was a rumble and then Discovery atop her 747 carrier and T-38 chase plane literally blasted into the sky mere hundreds of feet over our heads. The crowd literally went wild. Within moments Discovery had arched to the northwest, heading for a closer swing around Dulles.





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One of the amazing things about the shuttles is that the computers that made it run ran on Windows 95. It did the job and when the systems were built it was the most modern system. It was never changed simply because it worked and it would have required a lot of $$ and re-engineering to update it.

That is why you see all of the laptops cabled around the shuttle and the ISS. Just simpler to overlay a easily updated network.

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A friend of ours used to work out at the old Ellington Air Force base,now just called Ellington Field....When the shuttle was going to land here we would get a call...At the chemical plant where I worked at I have seen them coming in for landings or taking off to return to Florida....Once we got to tour the plane, not the shuttle, shucks....Yes to see them in flight is impressive to say the least, yup a lot of noise too....

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The computers used on the Apollo missions were a fraction of what the Shuttles used too.

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The computers used on the Apollo missions were a fraction of what the Shuttles used too.
There was a series of shows on the Discovery channel called "Moon Machines" that chronicled the efforts to get to the moon. It was really neat to see what went on to get our folks on the moon.....

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Oh transporting, I thought it was the new escape pod for the shuttle.

Very early in the shuttle program they did a low altitude fly by over the city of Toronto. I remember seeing this thing in the sky and it looked like it was moving so slow I thought for sure it would fall out of the sky.

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Saw this on another forum. Who says those guys and gals at Nasa don't have a sense of humor.....








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The most powerful thing I ever saw was a nightlaunch from up close. Really cool to watch and they had speakers so we could listen to the control and the commander.

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Here are some more great photos of the Shuttle. I was over in Palmdale years ago when the Shuttle always landed at Edwards and I saw them taking it back to Florida, it was great because it was still at low altitude. I wish I had a camera or someone with me to share the the moment.
http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2...flight/100281/

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