posted on Jul, 22 2011 @ 10:33 PM
reply to post by anon72
Thanks for the link, and I just started to brows and noticed that the first mission landing by Columbia didn't use parachutes, and I was under the
impression the Shuttles did to slow after touchdown. But you can clearly see the air breaks of the split tail in this shot.
Just a quick Google search and we see Discovery returning from STS-116 and it has a chute, and a nice view of the tail too.
When you think of all that went into the SR-71 Blackbird's heat resistance/expansion skin traveling a mere Mach 3, one has to be impressed with the
Shuttles coming down at Mach 25!
as a fireball for over 20 minutes of reentry. Though the Shuttle's skin shows some use, that bright white is
I wish I had saved a photo of a man holding a block of the heat absorption tiles in a lab used on the Shuttle at a temperature of 2,500ºF without
getting burned. Holding a glowing hot tile in his bare hands as you can see the outer edges as black, quite the heat displacement technology there.
The spinoff technologies from the Shuttle program are staggering.
It was not a waste of time or money. One would think after Apollo, someone was going to do something like the Shuttle program, just to get the
technologies in development if nothing else. Most folks just don't understand the size of the whole contained craft is in comparison to other
spacecrafts, probably due to the piggyback transports on top of a huge 747. A co-worker ex-Rockwell guy was trying to explain to me just how large the
triple deck cockpit was in the assembly building, and two entire Soyuz spacecraft's can fit in the Shuttle cargo bay behind that cockpit before the 3
main Shuttle engines assembly.
I can talk about the Shuttles for days, but I wish this link would have a quick reference to the mission designations (STS-59 for instance, our
team's last mission support, we got commemorative mission patches the astronauts personally signed for us) and that clear list of the crews. For on
mission STS-59 Dr. Tom Jones (no really) helped to explain on FOX news why and how Columbia blew apart on reentry, he was retired by then, but I have
his autograph and watching it on TV I had to get the photo to show my now wife who watched it with me. I said to her, that guy on TV is hanging on our