This morning Space Shuttle Endeavour has started her "piggy-back-ride" to California.
Here are some pics I snagged via NASA TV - she is going to overfly the area local to KSC (including Orlando Intl Airport and Walt Disney World) before heading off, via Mississippi and Lousiana (New Orleans) to Cali
flying over Canaveral
last Endeavour mission patch STS-134
approaching KSC for fly past
fly past at KSC, wing wrong and then gone!
I do have bigger images but thought these would work best here.
Last edited by brockenspectre; 19th Sep 2012 at 18:10.
Still think it is a shame and a waste to cut down mature trees for something like this. No matter how many more are planted it will take 50 years for them to grow to the level that the ones that are cut.
They figured out how to fly the damn thing into space and back, surely they could figure out a better way to get it 12 miles into the city. Even if they didn't want to cut it and re-assemble (why not, it's not as if it will ever fly again) they could tilt it and take it that way. No?
I am not greenie or an environmentalist, far from it, but this just seems like a huge waste.
Wow Sultan, if a post was ever worthy of a permanent banning, that one was. Taking a tribute thread, and using lives of American heros to score crass, cheap political points? Un-effing believable even by your standards.
first time I've ever seen a photo of one with a fairing over the motors
I'm just about positive that all the times the shuttles were ferried on the back of the 747, that fairing was installed. I believe that this was because of the turbulence caused by engine nozzles on the tail of the 747.
I could be wrong about that, but I think I read that on a NASA press release years ago.
I think the first few transits were sans fairing, and directional stability for the hybrid was problematic. I don't know which came first, the outriggers, or the fairing, but they were an add, I think.
"I'm just about positive that all the times the shuttles were ferried on the back of the 747, that fairing was installed. I believe that this was because of the turbulence caused by engine nozzles on the tail of the 747.
I could be wrong about that, but I think I read that on a NASA press release years ago."
I think you are correct. I was going to post something similar as I had read the same thing not long ago.