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Old 02-03-2003, 01:09 PM   #1
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Default Dumb shuttle question

Sorry, this question is kinda dumb, and I should remember off the top of my head, but I don't.



With the loss of Columbia and Challenger, does that mean that Discovery is now the oldest shuttle in service? That would make Discovery, Atlantis, then Endeavor?



Thanks for the doublecheck,

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Old 02-03-2003, 01:27 PM   #2
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I think your correct.

Now my dumb question didnt they name one of the newest ones Voyager or Enterprise ? sorta remember them Star Trek people making a big deal of it.

I know a craft was named Voyager cant spell right now but forgot what type of craft was all.
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Old 02-03-2003, 01:30 PM   #3
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I felt guilty. Sloth is one of the seven deadly sins.

Enterprise, OV-101 (prototype/test)
Columbia, OV-102 (lost)
Challenger, OV-099 (lost)
Discovery, OV-103
Atlantis, OV-104
Endeavour, OV-105

As a note of trivia, the construction of Endeavour (OV-105) was granted by Congress in August 1, 1987 to replace Challenger, and arrived at Kennedy Space Center May 7, 1991.

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Old 02-03-2003, 01:31 PM   #4
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War Sheol,

The Voyager series were unmanned craft launched for solary system probes. They looked like radar dishes with a base and some solar panels.

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Old 02-03-2003, 01:37 PM   #5
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WarSheol..

http://seds.lpl.arizona.edu/nineplan...pacecraft.html


the picture at the top is of a voyager variety.
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Old 02-03-2003, 01:44 PM   #6
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you'd thnk after going to the Air & Space Smithsonian 20+ times id known that, thanks for reminding me.
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Old 02-03-2003, 02:51 PM   #7
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Default A little more NASA trivia

The loss of Columbia has me remembering quite a few tidbits of when I was younger. The obvious memory is the day the Challenger was lost.

But the wonder of space, the people and processes that make it happen, was an important and integral part of my youth.

I'm sure there are some of you out there who felt the same. And so, once I began traipsing around the web, reading tidbits of our history with space travel, I happened upon several little details and anecdotes; some of which I remembered, some of which I didn't.

For those of you, I'm sure you recall that in the days of the Apollo missions and the Saturn 1B/Saturn V launch vehicles, you remember that the convention of those missions was to name both the command an lunar modules.


For instance:

Apollo 11: Command module CSM-107 Columbia and Lunar Module LM-5 Eagle

Apollo 13: Command module CSM-109 Odyssey and Lunar Module LM-7 Aquarius



Well, I didn't know about this one:

Apollo 10: Command module CSM-106 Charlie Brown and Lunar Module LM-4 Snoopy



hehehehehehehehehe.

History is its own entertainment sometimes.

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Old 02-03-2003, 02:52 PM   #8
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What was the name of the baddy in Star Trek: The Movie?

Think

think


V'Ger, a Voyager probe from the wrong side of the tracks.

Real Trekkies know this.
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Old 02-03-2003, 03:09 PM   #9
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What ever happend to Space lab?
http://www.chron.com/content/interac.../20010206.html

Years ago I remember walking through a full size model of it and it was all over the news, now seems The Space Station made people forget about its older little bro
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Old 02-03-2003, 05:15 PM   #10
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You mean Skylab? It fell back to earth a while back I thought (I want to say 1979).
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Old 02-03-2003, 10:13 PM   #11
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Heh, the only reason they called it V'ger was that the rest of the letters were missing (burned or rubbed off, either way they were illegible) by the time the craft had encountered the aliens (I call them aliens because I don't know exactly what they were called; it's been ages since I've seen the movie or read the book ;/ )
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Old 02-04-2003, 02:19 AM   #12
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Default The question you should be asking yourself

Was it really us calling them by names of Star Trek ships? Or was it Star Trek naming things after old ships from the history books?
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Old 02-04-2003, 04:40 AM   #13
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Skylab crashed in australia in 1971 I think. Because of the missed aspect that as far as the atmosphere is concered the earth is not perfectly round. Solar winds will push one side of the earth away from the sun.

Space is a void there for little to no drag, meaning anything traveling in space will continue at the speed (perpetual motion) but all this can be affected by gravitational pull of spacial objects over a certain density.

Skylap was in a close orbit circular orbit at aproxx 700 miles above sea level. When solar winds pushed the earths atmosphere out on one side and skylab passed through it, the station slowed down. You need at least 15,000 miles per hour to attain an orbit around the earth or be sucked back down by gravity. So skylab went bye bye.

A lot of this info is from memory so some tidbits are from working in the space operations field and not read from a book somewhere. So there maybe inconsistencies (im getting old)
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Old 02-04-2003, 05:17 AM   #14
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Default Here Theo...

This might interest you

http://science.ksc.nasa.gov/shuttle/...nterprise.html
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Old 02-04-2003, 06:48 AM   #15
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Skylab crashed to earth in the summer of 1979. I believe it crashed into the Indian Ocean. Positive on the date on this.
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Old 02-04-2003, 09:24 AM   #16
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I knew it was 1979.

On July 11, 1979 Skylab entered the atmosphere catastrophically and had a much less controlled re-entry, spreading itself across Austrailia. None of the pieces which hit were large enough to create even the simplest crater, but they were large enough to put a scare in quite a few folks..
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