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Originally posted by moxyone
Most of the military stuff goes off over at Vanderburg AFB in Cali, but of course the shuttle has been used for military missions.
As far as the shuttle crew knowing? Of course they know, and whats the big deal anyway....the pilots and flight engineers are all military for the most part, and I would imagine the entire crew is miltary on classified missions.
Originally posted by mrmulder
Alright I have a question for everyone. If this has been discussed before just let me know. Some of us here on ATS probably know or believe that some of our shuttle flights into space are military in nature and sometimes regarding the cargo they carry. Some missions are kept classified. Here are my questions:
1. Does anyone here believe this?
2. Do the astronauts flying these missions know the TRUE nature of the mission? In other words they could be just following orders without question.
3. If any of the above is true can you provide links? I regret I have not researched this much but I do believe it to be true myself. Thanks.
Originally posted by American Mad Man
It s still unconfirmed, but the Russians believed that our shuttle was a nuclear first strike weapon during the cold war (I would imagine that it was taken into consideratio )