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Shuttle Discovery retires with Washington flypast
BBC News ^ | 4/17/12 | BBC

Posted on 04/17/2012 12:05:10 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

One of Nasa's retired space shuttles has made a dramatic flypast over the centre of the US capital on the way to its final resting place in a museum.

Discovery flew over the monuments along the National Mall in Washington DC at about 10:00 EST (14:00 GMT).

Piggy-backing on a modified Boeing 747, Discovery was flying at an altitude of about 1,500ft (457m), Nasa said.

The shuttle programme ended in 2011. Discovery will be on show at the Air and Space Museum in Virginia.

After circling four times over the Washington Monument, and passing the National Mall over Capitol Hill, the shuttle landed at Dulles Airport, a few miles outside Washington DC.

From there it will be towed to the nearby Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, where it will be on permanent display.

During the flypast, onlookers lined the roofs of the capital's buildings and the route to the airport, wanting to catch a glimpse of the shuttle.

Earlier, crowds of onlookers gathered along the Florida shoreline as dawn broke on Tuesday to see the shuttle take off from Kennedy Space Center.

Cheers broke out from the estimated 2,000-strong crowd as the aircraft left the runway, the Associated Press reported.

Dozens of former shuttle workers and Nasa veterans were reported to be among the onlookers.

Discovery then passed low over a packed beach and made one final turn back over the runway at the space complex before climbing towards a cruising altitude.

The aircraft's fuselage was illuminated by the early Florida sunshine for moments before it headed out of sight on its journey up the East Coast.

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; US: District of Columbia; US: Virginia; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: discovery; flypast; retires; shuttle

1 posted on 04/17/2012 12:05:15 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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Shuttle Discovery

-Discovery was Nasa’s third operational shuttle, launched on 30 August 1984
-Carried Hubble Telescope into space in 1990
-Flew 39 missions - more than any other ship in Nasa’s fleet
-Participated in both the “Return to Flight” missions, after the Challenger and Columbia disasters
-Named after boats that undertook historic voyages of exploration, such as the vessel that discovered Hawaii and searched for the Northwest Passage

Source: Nasa


2 posted on 04/17/2012 12:08:30 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

I can’t help believe that as a country our manned capability is over


3 posted on 04/17/2012 12:12:36 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: NormsRevenge

Get a room!!


4 posted on 04/17/2012 12:14:30 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: al baby
I can’t help believe that as a country our manned capability is over

I cried today thinking the very same think.

Barack Obama is the biggest mistake ever voted into any office in this country. If there was a poster boy for abortion, it should be Barack Hussein Obama.

5 posted on 04/17/2012 12:16:19 PM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: NormsRevenge
Had the 747 been towing a banner that said "Obama: thanks for nothing"...that would have been impressive...
6 posted on 04/17/2012 12:19:49 PM PDT by NorCoGOP (Obama's approval ratings: so low that Kenyans now accuse him of being born in the USA)
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To: NormsRevenge
How appropriate for Obamaville - the Statue of Freedom on the top of the Capitol has been locked up in a cage, as our last way into space is shut down - all under the gaze of an obelisk.

Nothing to see here people, move along.


7 posted on 04/17/2012 12:20:15 PM PDT by Talisker (He who commands, must obey.)
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To: NormsRevenge

I saw the shuttle fly by my building THREE times! It was wonderful, but sad as well.

I recall very well the first shuttle flight. It was a wonderful event for science AND the nation.

Mr. Obama has imagination only for wasteful government spending.

The manned space program gave America pride and lots of useful technology.


8 posted on 04/17/2012 12:21:48 PM PDT by RexBeach (Mr. Obama Can't Count.)
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To: al baby

The Democrats and with the help of willing Republicans efforts to bankrupt our nation will make it very difficult to move forward on space travel.

It really is treason.


9 posted on 04/17/2012 12:21:55 PM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Liberty and Justice for ALL)
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To: NormsRevenge

Great view for the workers on the scaffolding!


12 posted on 04/17/2012 12:25:56 PM PDT by BinaryBoy (Anyone But Romney)
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To: NormsRevenge

As much as I love this comment, the shuttle is 40+ year old technology.


13 posted on 04/17/2012 12:45:06 PM PDT by dk88 (Occupy=Liberalism: No solutions, no responsibility and demanding free stuff from someone else)
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To: NormsRevenge

If the followup to the Apollo program had been building a base on the moon, think about what it would be like today some 40+ years later.


14 posted on 04/17/2012 12:47:58 PM PDT by dainbramaged (OMG - Obama Must Go)
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To: dk88

Yes it is old technology but it still boggles the mind that NASA didn’t not keep at least on shuttled moth-balled at Kennedy Space Center.


15 posted on 04/17/2012 12:48:58 PM PDT by Josa
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To: NormsRevenge

Tried to catch if flying up the coast, but, it was just too cloudy here.

I did see the Enterprise do a similar flyover about 30 years ago.


16 posted on 04/17/2012 12:49:20 PM PDT by Conan the Librarian (The Best in Life is to crush my enemies, see them driven before me, and the Dewey Decimal System)
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To: NormsRevenge

How awful....Never thought an Imposter would do away with our wonderful space program....Hope Romney restore’s it....


17 posted on 04/17/2012 12:52:45 PM PDT by geege
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To: NormsRevenge

We were fortunate to see it fly over today. It was thrilling and sad. The American spirit is stronger than any president.


18 posted on 04/17/2012 12:58:56 PM PDT by HokieMom (Pacepa : Can the U.S. afford a president who can't recognize anti-Americanism?)
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To: rarestia
I can’t help believe that as a country our manned capability is over
It isn't over, but it is going to be some time before an American crew leaves for the ISS from Florida, rather than Kazakhstan. Depending on how things work outover the next few weeks, that day may come sooner, rather than later
19 posted on 04/17/2012 1:13:26 PM PDT by jmcenanly ("The more corrupt the state, the more laws." Tacitus, Publius Cornelius)
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To: NormsRevenge

Cost of Shuttle program in recent years - $3 billion a year
Cost of Cash for Clunkers - $3 billion
Cost Stimulus - $787 billion

2011 expenditures - $3.36 trillion
Percent of federal budget the shuttle program would have been -0.09%

How long does it take for the feds to spend $3 billion in 2011? 8 hours


20 posted on 04/17/2012 1:14:33 PM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: RexBeach

I saw it twice from where I was ... I found the experience profoundly depressing.


21 posted on 04/17/2012 1:20:32 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: NormsRevenge; All

My husband and two year old daughter were at the Udvar Hazy Museum in Chantilly, VA (right next to Dulles Airport) early this morning to see the fly over. It flew over the first time at about 9:30am, then it did the DC fly over. About an hour later it did two more low and slow fly overs by the museum; it was amazing to see. Everyone cheered at each fly over. I got some pretty awesome pictures (I’d post them but have no idea how). Looking forward to going back on Thursday for the nose to nose ‘meeting’ of Enterprise and Discovery prior to Enterprise’s move to NY.


22 posted on 04/17/2012 1:34:10 PM PDT by EHC Southern Pride (No shoes, no shirt, no problems)
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To: All

woke the kids up early this AM to catch the take-off. The first time I saw the shuttle transported on a 747 was on a 13 inch B&W TV with an antennae. Now we watched it on a 58 inch plasma. I had to take my wife to Dulles and we got stuck in the mess around the Udvar Hazy and the airport. There were thousands and thousands of people stopped EVERYWHERE.. that never happens.
despite the complacency, people were proud of the program and this SOB shut it down. Why, so he can buy a few more votes with more welfare entitlements.

Now I have to explain to my kids that thanks to Obama, the dream of being an astronaut is all but gone. But becoming a community organizer and organizing a community that kills young men by the bushel is the new dream job.
Now NASA is a mulsim outreach program with a side job of taking temperature readings for the globull warming agenda while the russians take the lead in space.

What a disgrace.


23 posted on 04/17/2012 2:08:45 PM PDT by newnhdad (Where will you be during the Election Riots of 2012/2013?)
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To: Talisker

Irony abounds.. image is not photochopped.. lol

I had a dream once that included an obelisk or skyscraper maybe, a plane teetering on top of it with me on it .. hmmmm .. no giant ape tho. whew. It sure had me going.. One of those things you never forget..


24 posted on 04/17/2012 2:25:02 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: rarestia

You are aware that it was GWB who canceled the shuttle program? And that Constellation was never properly funded?

Yes it is sad that the shuttles are now “Hanger Queens”, but put blame where blame belongs in this case...


25 posted on 04/17/2012 3:59:01 PM PDT by ace2u_in_MD (You missed something...)
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To: rarestia
I cried today thinking the very same think.

Barack Obama is the biggest mistake ever voted into any office in this country. If there was a poster boy for abortion, it should be Barack Hussein Obama.


You should have been crying back in 2004. In January of 2004, George W. Bush issued a directive to end Shuttle flights in I think 2010. This was around the time he started talking up Orion/Constellation. Congress squeaked in one or two more Shuttle flights through appropriations.

Back in 2004, a lot of FReepers were questioning the wisdom of assigning an end date to the Shuttle program when we didn't even have a replacement truly in the works.
26 posted on 04/17/2012 7:54:34 PM PDT by af_vet_rr
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To: af_vet_rr

I WAS upset back in 2004. However, there were plans for a new category of launch and exploration vehicles. Money should’ve been appropriated to NASA for future shuttles, rovers, space exploration in general.

I’m not upset directly at Obama for the close of our manned exploration of space, I’m directly upset at Congress for scuttling appropriations. However, it is directly Obama’s fault for all of the BS he’s brought about with social this and welfare that, and Congress was left with little choice but to scuttle the shuttle in order to make ends meet.

If our tax dollars were plentiful and social programs nil, space exploration would be a natural and necessary fit for us considering our defense and communication needs. Considering, however, that Obama is drastically destroying our military and attempting to reign in and control major media, it’s really not necessary to guess as to fault for the destruction of America’s space program: it’s Obama’s fault.


27 posted on 04/18/2012 4:50:56 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: rarestia
I WAS upset back in 2004. However, there were plans for a new category of launch and exploration vehicles. Money should’ve been appropriated to NASA for future shuttles, rovers, space exploration in general.

I agree with you. When this was all being done in 2004, with an end date of 2010-2011, I have no doubt whatsoever that some of those behind this were not as concerned as they should have been. Not just President Bush, but more so the people in the Bush administration and Congress whose responsibility it was to work out replacements. When you are doing something in 2004, and you have 6 years before the results are realized, and most likely you won't be in the same job (unless your in Congress), it's very easy to just blow it off as somebody else's problem, especially if other issues come up that take up all of your time.

NASA was left hanging in the breeze and was ripe for Obama and the liberals in Congress to come in and neuter it. Don't forget that in 2004, Republicans were in charge of Congress. When Bush was signing off on this directive, and Congress was talking about a replacement, they all thought that 2010 there would be a Republican President and a Republican Congress. That all fell apart, and it didn't take much for NASA to be crippled and reliant upon the Russians.

There is some hope with private space companies. I'm still shocked that Obama allowed NASA to give Space-X approval to service the ISS. I wonder if he'll allow them to carry out manned flights, since that is what Space-X ultimately wants to do.
28 posted on 04/18/2012 3:12:35 PM PDT by af_vet_rr
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