The Space Shuttle Discovery on Launch Complex 39B at Kennedy Space Center prior to its launch on mission STS-114 in July 2005. This would be the Space Shuttle Program’s return to flight following the Columbia accident in February 2003. Discovery carried out the STS-114 mission, a resupply mission to the International Space Station, without a problem This is a highly magnified view through a refracting telescope taken from Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge showing the external fuel tank and the […]
The U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony held on 30 May 2015 started at 2:00 p.m. under the Space Shuttle Orbiter Atlantis at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Being inducted were, from left to right, Kent Rominger, Rhea Seddon, Steve Lindsey, and John Grunsfeld. Also on hand for the event were a large number of astronauts gong all the way back to the beginning of the Apollo program. Unfortunately, the Atlantis exhibit, while being symbolically appropriate, is not […]
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The Lockheed Martin SR-71 Blackbird spy plane is celebrating its birthday this month. The plane first flew on 22 December 1964 and almost every flight in its long history set a record before its retirement in 1998. Able to fly at over three times the speed of sound, the Blackbird on display in the Smithsonian’s Udvar-Hazy Center flew across the Unites States from coast-to-coast in one hour, four minutes, and twenty-seconds. According to Lockheed Martin, “The Blackbird was and remains […]
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My video homage to the end of the Space Shuttle Program using audio taken from the last flights of Discovery, Endeavour, and Atlantis in addition to images I’ve taken of those flights and from various Kennedy Space Center Up-Close tours and other events to get near these incredible vehicles during their preparation and move into retirement.
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