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The Flight Deck of Space Shuttle Endeavour -

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posted on Apr, 18 2012 @ 02:46 AM

What would it be like to fly a space shuttle?
Although the last of NASA's space shuttles has now been retired, it is still fun to contemplate sitting at the controls of one of the humanity's most sophisticated machines. Pictured above is the flight deck of Space Shuttle Endeavour, the youngest shuttle and the second to last ever launched. The numerous panels and displays allowed the computer-controlled orbiter to enter the top of Earth's atmosphere at greater than the speed of sound and -- just thirty minutes later -- land on a runway like an airplane. The retired space shuttles are now being sent to museums, with Endeavour being sent to California Space Center in Los Angeles, California, Atlantis to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on Merritt Island, Florida, and Discovery to the Udvar-Hazy Annex of the National Air and Space Museum in Chantilly, Virginia.
Therefore sitting in a shuttle pilot's chair and personally contemplating the thrill of human space flight may actually be in your future.

Source: APOD

Very impressive! The only other flight deck I can compare (in term of complexity) to is the one of the Eurocopter EC725...
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posted on Apr, 18 2012 @ 02:53 AM

"I will continue, aboard this ship, to speak for the Borg. While they continue, without further diversion, to Sector 001, where they will force your unconditional surrender" -- Picard

Where do I learn to fly that thing?

posted on Apr, 18 2012 @ 03:01 AM
Ooohhh.... SHINY!

Must be a pain to have only two arms each....

posted on Apr, 18 2012 @ 04:15 AM
reply to post by elevenaugust

I once wanted and yearned to be an astronaut as a child, but, doesn't every kid?

The opportunity to tour inside a shuttle would indeed be fantastic.

thank you OP.

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