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De-orbit burn has been carried out, they are on their way back.




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Atlantis should be hitting the atmosphere about now




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Oooh I'm just in time. 16 minutes to landing.

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Yep, doing its rolls to bleed off speed, 870 miles to go




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Watching it come in now.

Can you believe that landing in California costs 2 million to get it back to Florida!



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Tin Can wrote:Watching it come in now.

Can you believe that landing in California costs 2 million to get it back to Florida!


It is amazing, a lot is fuel for the 747 carrier, takes three days to fly acros America




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Tin Can wrote:Watching it come in now.

Can you believe that landing in California costs 2 million to get it back to Florida!


The surcharges on luggage the airlines charge are getting ridiculous. :D

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Brilliant mission, bit bumpy on the runway but fine for rest




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Martyn did you say they were going to go back to the moon? When?



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Tin Can wrote:Martyn did you say they were going to go back to the moon? When?


Back to the moon ???? did they ever really get there ? :D :D




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Tin Can wrote:Martyn did you say they were going to go back to the moon? When?


Back to the moon ???? did they ever really get there ? :D :D


oh dear lol



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Tin Can wrote:Martyn did you say they were going to go back to the moon? When?


Back to the moon ???? did they ever really get there ? :D :D


oh dear lol


yup ..I am one of "Them" :rofl: :rofl:




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Tin Can wrote:Martyn did you say they were going to go back to the moon? When?


The plan is very much under review by the new President but if they continue with the current design they will be back on the moon around 2022, there is the first test flight later this year of the new rocket design. There are other options that may get us there slightly quicker if they decide to change.




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Tin Can wrote:Martyn did you say they were going to go back to the moon? When?


Back to the moon ???? did they ever really get there ? :D :D


We did go, too many died in the quest to get there for their collegues to be happy to lie about the final result. The fact is if you are going to pull off a hoax like landing a man on the moon you only do it once, you don't take the chance of trying to pull it off 6 more times.




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Tin Can wrote:Martyn did you say they were going to go back to the moon? When?


Back to the moon ???? did they ever really get there ? :D :D


We did go, too many died in the quest to get there for their collegues to be happy to lie about the final result. The fact is if you are going to pull off a hoax like landing a man on the moon you only do it once, you don't take the chance of trying to pull it off 6 more times.


Martyn is there footage available to watch on the other moon landings ?? I dont think I have ever seen any !
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annie27 wrote:
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annie27 wrote:
Tin Can wrote:Martyn did you say they were going to go back to the moon? When?


Back to the moon ???? did they ever really get there ? :D :D


We did go, too many died in the quest to get there for their collegues to be happy to lie about the final result. The fact is if you are going to pull off a hoax like landing a man on the moon you only do it once, you don't take the chance of trying to pull it off 6 more times.


Martyn is there footage available to watch on the other moon landings ?? I dont think I have ever seen any !
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Loads at http://www.Nasa.gov

You must have see a picture of film of the guys driving around in the moon buggy

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This film is good of Apollo 17, Jack Schmitt was a scientist and he is seen walking around.



John Young and Charlie Duke Apollo 16





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What about Bing Gordyn?


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smeggypants wrote:What about Bing Gordyn?



He has always been my biggest hero in the space program, I think it was the moustache :chin:




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Atlantis Ferry Flight Could Begin Sunday

http://www.floridatoday.com/content/blogs/space/

NASA expects shuttle Atlantis to be ready by Sunday for a ferry flight home from California, but the two-day trip could begin as early as Saturday if processing work proceeds quickly.

About 100 Kennedy Space Center technicians and engineers this week will travel to Edwards Air Force Base to help prepare Atlantis for the flight atop a modified Boeing 747, joining roughly 50 more who were stationed there for the orbiter's landing Sunday morning.

All the work to return a shuttle from NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards adds about $1.8 million to the cost of a shuttle mission, according to the agency.

Here's a basic breakdown:

-- $1.15 million: Processing to "safe" the orbiter and prepare it for the ferry flight.
-- $354,000: Shuttle Carrier Aircraft and pathfinder aircraft.
-- $125,000: Civil service travel.
-- $140,000: Dryden support.

The space shuttle program budgets for the cost, which any mission could incur, but the program could use the money for other purposes if a shuttle landed at its home port, KSC.

After waiting for bad weather at KSC to clear Friday and Saturday, mission managers on Sunday finally directed Atlantis and seven astronauts to end their successful final voyage to the Hubble Space Telescope with a touchdown at Edwards.

Workers there will make sure the spaceship is safe for the upcoming cross-country flight, including drying its tanks, engines and thrusters of residual propellants, among other tasks.

The orbiter will then be raised in a gantry-like structure called the "Mate-Demate Device" prior to being attached to the jumbo jet, one of two Shuttle Carrier Aircraft NASA can use to ferry orbiters.

The trip home to KSC is expected to take two days, weather permitting.

Meanwhile, work continues at KSC to ready shuttle Endeavour for its planned Saturday morning move to launch pad 39A.

Some steps taken so Endeavour could be ready to launch quickly from pad 39B for a rescue of the Atlantis crew must now be undone, like the disconnection of explosive devices that would separate the orbiter from its mobile launcher platform, external tank and solid rocket boosters.

Endeavour is targeted to launch June 13 to the International Space Station, on a 16-day mission that will complete assembly of the Japanese Kibo lab complex.

At pad 39A, Endeavour's cargo was transferred Monday from a canister into the launch complex's Payload Changeout Room, an environmentally controlled storage facility mirroring a shuttle's payload bay.

Workers today are spraying Fondue Fyre, a flame-resistant, concrete-like material, on a 25-square-foot area of a flame trench deflector that was damaged during the May 11 launch of Atlantis.

Damaged pneumatic lines have been repaired, and the pad fixes are not expected to impact Endeavour's launch date.

Shuttle program managers are set to meet Wednesday by video conference for a preliminary review of Endeavour's readiness. An executive flight readiness review scheduled June 3 at KSC will officially set the launch date.

The seven Atlantis astronauts, led by mission commander Scott Altman, today are scheduled to participate in a 5 p.m. EDT welcome ceremony at Ellington Field near Johnson Space Center in Houston.


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Atlantis has started it's journey home to Florida, there was no live coverage of the take-off, they should make it to Texas tonight and then finish the journey tomorrow, weather permitting

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