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In case you've ever wondered what it's like to
have a shuttle strapped to a 747 fly directly over your head, watch our
video from this morning at Udvar-Hazy. (Spoiler: It's AWESOME.) Thank
you, Discovery, for all your hard work!

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Added: Apr-17-2012 Occurred On: Apr-17-2012
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  • not an american here, but sad to see US lost its ability to send man to space(at least for now)

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    • @tuker You have to earn it by having a comment rating of 20.00

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    • @tuker You can't til you reach 20points or so.

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  • Kinda sad really. An end to an era.

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  • I saw this with my own eyes this morning, pretty cool.

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  • Sad to see America's lead in space exploration fly into the sunset. While NASA is facing massive cuts, your TSA's budget is now over 8 Billion.

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    • @Baroliche Really?....be sure to check in when NASA's next Mars rover, Curiosity (Mars Science Labratory)is scheduled to land on Mars on Aug. 6, 2012. The sunset extends all the way to Mars.

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    • @rakkasans I am following curiosity with great interest, and cannot wait for the landing (It seems pretty complex due to the size of the rover) If I am correct, that Mission was done by JPL which there were massive cuts announced for just last month.

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  • I shit you not......

    Average annual budget of NASA over its fifty year history: $15.8 billion

    Annual cost of air conditioning troops in Afghanistan and Iraq: $20.2 billion

    Science gives all yet receives nothing....

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  • To think just a little over 100 years ago we were still wading in horseshit up to our knees in city streets, totally oblivious to how huge this universe is.

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    • @cleetusawreetus


      1609 A.D.
      Italy Galileo uses telescope for astronomical purposes. He discovers 4 Jovian moons, the Moon's craters and the Milky Way galaxy.


      1675 A.D.
      France While in Paris, Danish astronomer Ole Romer measures the speed of light.


      1781 A.D.
      France Messier discovers galaxies, nebula and star clusters while looking for comets. He compiles a catalogue of these objects (Messier objects).


      1857 A.D.
      Russia Rocket pioneer Konstantin Tsiolkovskii was born. Tsiolkovsk More..

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    • @ommadawn And all this invalidates his comment how?

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    • @jeffbaustin

      Not trying to diss him at all.

      I'm a lifelong astronomy nut, and just pointing out some very serious shit was done a very long time ago.

      Like -

      Some guy in a bar tells you he's measured the speed of light.

      Pretty neat?

      Now put yourself in a drinking house back in 1675.

      What would/could/should be the equivalent today?

      No it's not -

      "I've just created an iPhone App that reads barcodes...."

      Perspective.

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    • @ommadawn

      Gosh, thanks for the history lesson!

      If you know all that, then you also know that Messier had no idea what he was looking at, and it wasn't until Edwin Hubble's observations in the early 1920s that we began to understand the true scale of the universe. Until that point, we thought the Milky Way was it.

      But you already knew that, I feel sure.

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    • @ommadawn

      Pardon my tone. I'm so used to confrontation on this site...

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  • ...cool piece of history right there...

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  • And it's... off to the Smithsonian with you. Someday I'll get there to see it. Someday.

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  • End of an era big time. I don't expect the US to successfully go through with any outer space mission unless someone tries to do it first. Sadly this bump is going to stop the imagination of many of what is out there.

    All to save a .005 on a penny. Idiots.

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  • My Sister, brother-in-law and wife worked for NASA, on the Shuttle Program. I could write a book. About a year ago, we were at the grocery store and John Young, Gemini astronaut and commander of the first shuttle launch was in line in front of us at the checkout.

    "Excuse me Commander" and he turned to us. "I'd like my daughter to meet one of my heroes." He looked 85 and stood straight and fit. For a second I thought I had pissed him off but he looked down and shook my young More..

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    • @Ramjet990 Excellent comment. 10/10.

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    • @Ramjet990

      my grandfather worked for NASA for 30 years and even contracted out for free on one of his cocoa beach condos for the astronauts for over 20...today is a sad day

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    • @Ramjet990

      That's sweet, thanks for telling, these guys had such great jobs, I envy them big time, I can imagine them sitting back in old age and thinking to them selves, not a bad old life, and I bet being remembered by people now and then makes them happy.

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    • @jfm8561 Thanks My sis just promoted to Assistant Director over something. Brother in law worked in mission control and now is an admin guy. Wife worked at Boeing on the International Space Station from beginning to end. She got laid off when Obama killed the program she was on. It broke her heart but she is okay after a few talks.

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    • @Ramjet990 and you are just... unemployed, right?

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  • Thats one big strap-on.

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  • There goes the last member of the Space Shuttle family. Awesome machine that help us advance in so many ways, gonna miss that bicolor space bird.

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    • @petergoesinya
      Oh don't even start about spending millions to ultimately kill people! Traveling into space and landing on the moon and all the other endeavors were HUGE steps for man kind brother, not to mention advancements in the sciences! I agree %110 on improving living conditions and roads etc though..

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  • Plane Porn! I like it!

    Discovery Canada just started, a story on the 'mother' plane.....should be awesome!

    Pig iron and pea gravel used in the front of the the 47!! to offer balance while hauling the orbiter....who'da thunk??

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  • Nothing to see here people, move along. Thats just a shipment of food going to my mother-in-law.

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  • planes are awesome.
    It's a shame they scare the shit out of me when I'm on them, regardless of the safety.

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  • I glad the folks got to see that.

    I am fortunate enough to have seen the shuttle,piggy back a few times.

    And from 50 miles away... I got to see a Night launch back in 1985.

    for this.. I feel very fortunate.

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  • Strapped....just like me, and the rest of America

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  • Of the many amazing things the space shuttles stands for or has accomplished, one of the lesser known things is: shutting up people from other countries that bitch about the US concerning every little thing when some of their countries have very few positive accomplishments to their credit. I know mistakes have been made that can be blamed on our country, and I am not one of those fake shit-red-white-and-blue 'patriots', but before you complain about what a bad country the US is, hold your count More..

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    • @alopias

      BRAVO! Well said my friend!

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    • @alopias

      Give yourselves a pat on the back and get over it! :P

      Seriously though, the average US citizen has had precisely fuck all input in the space program.

      I don't see how you can claim any kind of credit. Credit goes to the scientists, engineers and astronomers, and everyone else who had a hand in making it happen, all you guys really did was fund it. (Involuntarily, I might add)

      But hey, revel in your glory, what do I care. Go America! Fuck yeah!!

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    • @The_evil_one I don't deserve any credit, but somehow I seem to get a lot of blame for invading Iraq.....

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  • I want to reach 20 points so I can show my appreciation for other people's comments. Will you help me by voting this comment?

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    • @drinkwhiskey that doesn't count, and you know it, but thanks just the same

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    • @Omar Br

      upload some interresting stuff and you'll get to your 20 points

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    • @drinkwhiskey

      See, people? This is why I am a lifelong Anglophile.

      The English--and really, the Scots and Irish should get honorable mention, for they slouch not themselves--cornered the world market on humor some centuries ago. (The Welsh don't count; nobody thinks of you; ssshhhh...).

      Now I believe I'll toast my new friend and drink a whiskey. Glenmorangie, and my hat's off to you!

      (It'll have to be a virtual toast because I have no Glenmorangie. Crap.)

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    • @Omar Br. No. This could be a clever ploy to reach 20 points and then vote us all down, yeah you think you got the better of us but we're smarter than you, had me goin there too.....aww shit I've hit voted up by accident...

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  • American ingenuity on display!

    Before you say something shitty, think about what I mean by that. We are mongrels. The people who put those amazing machines together come from backgrounds all over the globe. Projects as big as those, involving that kind of math and science, are engineered by a truly diverse group of people.

    America, fuck yeah! Comin' again to save the motherfuckin' day, yeah!

    lol

    Yeah.

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  • the guy at the end sounds like Rain Man...it's definitely not landing...

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  • Damn. I'd love to see that combination, and the chase plane, in person. What a site. Leonardo Da Vinci would be gobsmacked at how far man has come with flight.

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    • @TheHandyman_Qld in less than 100 years.

      imagine what we can do in the next 100.


      mind boggling.

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    • @Ohyawellfuku

      Bloody oath. But I give more credit to the likes of Da Vinci and the Wright brothers, for example, for the work they did with the inception of heavier than air flight. What came after them was just improvements on what was already discovered. And if not for the 1st and 2nd world wars, at what phase would aeronautics be at now. So much intrigue.

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  • Awesome

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