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Author:  David Frydman [ Wed Mar 30, 2011 8:15 pm ]
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Dear Tim,
I looked at a photo of the Intrepid and there woyuld definitely be room on the aircraft carrier for the Shuttle if it is an up to date photo without losing any current exhibits.
Some of these are hard to see because of the shadow of the bridge on the deck as it is a slightly oblique photo.

It would be nice to see it there. If not this Shuttle then anothee retired Shuttle.


Author:  Tim Chamberlain [ Wed Apr 06, 2011 10:53 am ]
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I feel rather foolish as I found the original news article I was referring to ... It wasn't on the BBC at all, but in our very own 'Popular Astronomy' magazine (last issue)!! :lol:

Author:  Tim Chamberlain [ Tue Apr 12, 2011 8:12 pm ]
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I just saw this posted on the ISS Fan Club website, re: the Space Shuttle fleet's final homes (The Intrepid Museum will get a Shuttle):

After 30 years of spaceflight, more than 130 missions, and numerous science and technology firsts, NASA's space shuttle fleet will retire and be on display at institutions across the country to inspire the next generation of explorers and engineers.

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on Tuesday announced the facilities where four shuttle orbiters will be displayed permanently at the conclusion of the Space Shuttle Program.

Shuttle Enterprise, the first orbiter built, will move from the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York.
The Udvar-Hazy Center will become the new home for shuttle Discovery, which retired after completing its 39th mission in March.
Shuttle Endeavour, which is preparing for its final flight at the end of the month will go to the California Science Center in Los Angeles.
Shuttle Atlantis, which will fly the last planned shuttle mission in June, will be displayed at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor’s Complex in Florida.

Author:  David Frydman [ Tue Apr 12, 2011 8:20 pm ]
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Should be nice to see for visitors to New York.
If it had been there when I visited I would have probably spent two days going around the aircraft carrier.

Regards, David

Author:  brian livesey [ Wed Apr 13, 2011 9:13 am ]
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The shuttle boosters are recovered, but what happens to the fuel tank? Is it left to litter the ocean floor, or retrieved for scrap?

Author:  Davej [ Wed Apr 13, 2011 9:31 am ]
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brian livesey wrote:
The shuttle boosters are recovered, but what happens to the fuel tank? Is it left to litter the ocean floor, or retrieved for scrap?

Hi Brian,
I don't think they are retrieved (although I did read somewhere that Nasa were once considering recovering them and recycling them for further space use).
They break up and land in the Pacific (or Indian) ocean away from known shipping lanes.
All the best

Author:  stella [ Wed Apr 13, 2011 9:34 am ]
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The external tanks have not been re-used. They break up before impact in the Indian Ocean (or Pacific Ocean in the case of direct-insertion launch trajectories) away from known shipping lanes. The tanks are not recovered.

Since the solid rocket boosters are no longer needed for shuttle launches,
they could be used for fireworks parties on the night of the Royal Wedding.

Author:  brian livesey [ Wed Apr 13, 2011 9:40 am ]
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One booster for the royal wedding and the other booster for the royal divorce. :wink:

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