Author Topic: Year in Review Part 4: Saying Goodbye to Discovery, Atlantis, and Endeavour  (Read 3829 times)


Offline MATTBLAK

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To both Chris's: Wow!  :'(

Thank you guys, for everything.
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Fantastic, and their engines may not be forever silenced, as they they may yet rise again on an early SLS mission.  Then, fittingly, they will burn up on re-entry and we will forever remember, ie.   "Bones. what have we done?" --Capt. James T. Kirk, Star Trek IV

Cheers, and Happy New Year...

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Wonderful article guys, thanks!!

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Another great one Chris, well done!!!!!! *salute*
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It wasn't fair, it wasn't right. Not in their prime.

Find it funny though how the Shuttle was throwing unexpected surprises at the LCC and MCC right up to the very end.

But, it ended where it began, and the last flight, although only two weeks long, where some of the most beautiful.

Goodbye Enterprise, Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Endeavour, and right down to the very last orbiter, very last mission - ATLANTIS. Will be looking forward to see the orbiters in their new homes.

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« Last Edit: 12/31/2011 11:37 PM by Orbiter »
Attended space missions: STS-114, STS-124, STS-128, STS-135, Atlas V "Curiosity", Delta IV Heavy NROL-15, Atlas V MUOS-2, Delta IV Heavy NROL-37, Falcon 9 CRS-9, Falcon 9 JCSAT-16, Atlas V GOES-R, Falcon 9 SES-11, Falcon Heavy Demo.

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Fantastic, and their engines may not be forever silenced, as they they may yet rise again on an early SLS mission.  Then, fittingly, they will burn up on re-entry and we will forever remember, ie.   "Bones. what have we done?" --Capt. James T. Kirk, Star Trek IV

Cheers, and Happy New Year...

Being a Trek fan (it was III, not IV), you really got me there!  :'(

Those engines would not die in vain - for they will secure a Future...
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This wall in the VAB at KSC honors some of the people that worked on the program. I hope that it can be preserved.

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That's why this is the best space flight media site, and by a long way!

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Amazing reading through all of that and so very well put together. Orbiters, honored!

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You must read this. That's all I need to say.

By Chris Gebhardt:

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2011/12/year-in-review-p4-saying-goodbye-discovery-atlantis-endeavour/

Absolutlely Brilliant article and it broke my heart to read it.

It was beautiful. Thank you guys for writing this.  :)
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Loved reading that.

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Excellent feature!!
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great read.

Very well done.

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Being a Trek fan (it was III, not IV), you really got me there!  :'(

Those engines would not die in vain - for they will secure a Future...

Whoops! You're right, it was III!

And as usual, a great article and thanks,

jt

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Excellent article!

Very touching...
Kevin

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Truly excellent work!

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That almost brought me to tears. The planet is going to sorely miss these vehicles.

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Just read this - an emotionally charged article. Very fitting.
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Guys... that was some of the best aerospace journalism I've ever experienced.  NSF is "The Place For Space".  Thank you to every man and woman who worked shuttle: from the earliest concepts and designs to decomissioning.  Thank you to everyone who covered STS as well.  Through your eyes, pens and cameras we experienced one heck of an adventure!   
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Great overview and tribute. Passing this on to friends!

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That was such a great article to see this morning. Thank you!

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Wonderful tribute!

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Just incredibly well done!!  Thank you!!
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