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Major Stains
07-08-2011, 02:03 PM
...N.A.S.A

Congratulations for the final launch of one of the finest crafts ever developed by humankind. Atlantis.
I've mentioned it before, but it is an awesome achievement and one all Americans should be proud of **==
To think that on Sunday, the craft will dock with the International Space Station (enter crude text here) which is the size of two football pitches, way up there.
Mind blowing @-)
It has to be one of our greatest feats as a race. Heres to our childrens future, I just hope it involves more amazing exploration of our limits.

Here is a link thats well worth a good browse http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/main/index.html

(I'm sorry to start a new thread just for this, but it is worthy and it could always be a generic topic for things we think are worth a tip of the hat.)

P.S. Nate, are you anywhere near it? As I would have loved to have seen one of those birds fly. Jealous if you did [-(

Psalm
07-08-2011, 02:39 PM
I agree...amazing. The problem is that it is just costing WAAAAAYYYY too much money to fly them....
They will be working on a new ship now.
On to Mars I hope!!!

Borlaxx
07-08-2011, 02:43 PM
I live about half an hours drive from the space center. Unfortunately, was at work today. I have never gone to the coast to see it up close, but you can still see it from where I live.

Trez
07-08-2011, 04:00 PM
I agree...amazing. The problem is that it is just costing WAAAAAYYYY too much money to fly them....
They will be working on a new ship now.
On to Mars I hope!!!
True.

I did see in the Nightly News last night a debate between John Glenn and the NBC correspondent who, if I remember correctly, had covered every single space launch.

Anyhow Glenn was saddened and thought it was the wrong move. On the flip side the correspondent said it was now the era for commercial space flight and private companies leading the way.

I personally like this approach. Just like any business the competition will help drive down the cost and up the innovation. It may be a long process but at least it's not being abandoned altogether.

johnboy
07-08-2011, 04:44 PM
I agree...amazing. The problem is that it is just costing WAAAAAYYYY too much money to fly them....
They will be working on a new ship now.
On to Mars I hope!!!

What about them using bio fuel? I've got some old vegetable oil I could send them if it would help? There's only about 500ml, but it's a start! What about you guys all help out too? They could have a new shuttle launch using TeamMP bio fuel.

LandShark
07-08-2011, 05:14 PM
I agree...amazing. The problem is that it is just costing WAAAAAYYYY too much money to fly them....
They will be working on a new ship now.
On to Mars I hope!!!
True.

I did see in the Nightly News last night a debate between John Glenn and the NBC correspondent who, if I remember correctly, had covered every single space launch.

Anyhow Glenn was saddened and thought it was the wrong move. On the flip side the correspondent said it was now the era for commercial space flight and private companies leading the way.

I personally like this approach. Just like any business the competition will help drive down the cost and up the innovation. It may be a long process but at least it's not being abandoned altogether.

TRUE for almost anything cept defence

RATA MUERTA
07-08-2011, 06:02 PM
I have been many times to see the launches. It's a bit of a drive to the other coast and there are always thousands of people (and cars, the traffic leaving is horrendous!!) but it is absolutely worth it to see one go up. The night launches are spectacular, it is so bright it becomes daylite for a few seconds as the shuttle launches and the earth rumbles! You can have it decribed to you but it is nothing like experiencing it for yourself! Very sad that this won't be happening anymore for the foreseeable? future.

Major Stains
07-13-2011, 03:01 AM
@Rata. I am very envious, that would be an amazing spectacle.

Here is as interesting job... window cleaner wanted, must be good with heights :))
[attachment=0:3m37yttt]I can see my house....jpg[/attachment:3m37yttt]

Major Stains
07-13-2011, 03:03 AM
...Sgt Scott Moore.

Hats off to the luckiest Marine in the world :applause:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/14121925

dadafett
07-13-2011, 05:59 AM
...SFC Leroy Petry -- living Medal of Honor recipient

http://www.army.mil/medalofhonor/petry/

Major Stains
07-13-2011, 08:05 AM
...SFC Leroy Petry -- living Medal of Honor recipient

http://www.army.mil/medalofhonor/petry/

Wow. That level of bravery and fearlessness is mindblowing.
Every man & woman whom has or is serving across the globe has my upmost respect and gratitude.

TonkaToys
03-16-2012, 05:02 AM
Well this was the only topic that looked remotely relevant, so here's a couple of :-o @-) videos created by NASA.

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Major Stains
09-29-2012, 03:29 PM
Amongst countless others that have returned from serving their country (both sides of the pond).
Receiving honours this week, one man caught my eye.

Corporal Sean Jones (http://www.army.mod.uk/news/24462.aspx).

Who led a bayonet charge across 80 metres of open ground through enemy fire and foiled an ambush, is to be awarded the Military Cross (MC).

An unimaginable turn of events that deserves all of my respect, as does every man and woman that has served to protect our Western freedoms.

dadafett
09-29-2012, 03:45 PM
Amongst countless others that have returned from serving their country (both sides of the pond).
Receiving honours this week, one man caught my eye.

Corporal Sean Jones (http://www.army.mod.uk/news/24462.aspx).


An unimaginable turn of events that deserves all of my respect, as does every man and woman that has served to protect our Western freedoms.

Certified Stud. :clap: