NASA successfully transported the space shuttle Discovery from Florida to Virginia yesterday on its way to the Smithsonian. But how do you get a 68,000kg space vehicle off a 70m aeroplane without dropping it?
Tagged With discovery
Since you'll probably never be an astronaut, and since the Space Shuttle program is ending, you're probably never going to see the innards of the massive machine in real life. It's OK though, this amazing 360-degree panorama lets you see every seat, switch, button, knob and thing that blasts people into space.
The Space Shuttle Discovery will make its final airborne journey tomorrow. The storied spacecraft will be ferried on the back of a Boeing 747 from Kennedy Space Center in Florida to Dulles International Airport outside Washington DC. The plane's final destination is the nearby Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. Holy sadness.
The US capital is a little uptight — particularly after 9/11, it's easy to send the calm city of lobbyists and think tank dweebs into a frenzy. Here's an idea: let's blast a space shuttle strapped to a 747 over everyone's heads.
News Corp, Viacom and Discovery issued formal complaints to Time Warner this week, demanding the cable provider remove any of the trio's channels (MTV, FX, Discovery, etc.) from their iPad app, which streams live television to cable subscribers while they're at home. Today, Time Warner caved and removed the channels.
This is how Discovery approached and landed safely on Runway 15 at the Kennedy Space Center, after successfully completing mission STS-133. Everyone loves the Space Shuttle launches, but the landings are quite exciting too - and terrifying, after the Columbia disaster. I love the pilot view with the HUD.
There's a custody war brewing between interested parties over NASA's space shuttle Discovery when it finally returns to Earth tomorrow for the final time. Houston's Johnson Space centre, New York City's Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, Seattle's History of Flight Museum, Florida's Kennedy Space centre, L.A.'s California Science centre, Dayton's Museum of the United States Air Force and D.C.'s National Air and Space Museum are among 21 institutions vying to care for the shuttle once it's retired. The cost? $US28.8 million.
NASA has released this beautiful, crystal-clear video of Discovery's launch. It was taken from an HD camera mounted on the left solid rocket booster, during the STS-133.
Guiding his 9-inch telescope by hand, amateur astronomer Rob Bullen snapped this extraordinary shot of the Space Shuttle Discovery approaching the International Space Station over Gloucestershie, England, last Saturday. Here's what he had to say.