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2011-03-28 10:04:05 PM
Chop up the shuttles into 1 billion little pieces and sell them each for $10. That's pretty much the only way the shuttles can get us to Mars.
 
2011-03-28 10:20:57 PM
Not to sound morbid, but I hope they publish a lot of pictures of the disassembly. There probably has never been a better opportunity to show off the guts of the orbiter in intricate detail.
 
2011-03-28 10:28:34 PM
2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2011-03-28 10:33:49 PM
Appropriate tag, subby. The shuttle program was such a tremendous part of my childhood. Later on it became "Oh no not another boring shuttle launch! Quick, change the channel!" But seeing this makes me a little sad.

Good find.
 
2011-03-28 11:12:02 PM
shiat... there appears to be a lot of space dust in here right now..
 
2011-03-28 11:16:04 PM
No, "Sad" would be if they didn't clean out the RCS assembly and somebody standing in front of the Shuttle at a museum got a lungful of monomethyl hydrazine.

"Sad" would also be if they didn't have 3 intact Shuttles for museums to fight over. The Orbiters did a yeoman's work these past several decades, but it's time to move on to Orion and the SpaceX Dragon.

Never having that sick feeling at the "Go at throttle up" call again will be a nice change of pace. The next generation of manned US spacecraft will have an escape system for *every* phase of flight.
 
2011-03-29 12:30:16 AM

Tr0mBoNe: Chop up the shuttles into 1 billion little pieces and sell them each for $10. That's pretty much the only way the shuttles can get us to Mars.


I like. At least one of 'em could be sacrificed, and millions of bits of cable would pay for some neat science. My vote is working on permanent lunar presence.
 
2011-03-29 12:32:29 AM

DarthBrooks: No, "Sad" would be if they didn't clean out the RCS assembly and somebody standing in front of the Shuttle at a museum got a lungful of monomethyl hydrazine.

"Sad" would also be if they didn't have 3 intact Shuttles for museums to fight over. The Orbiters did a yeoman's work these past several decades, but it's time to move on to Orion and the SpaceX Dragon.

Never having that sick feeling at the "Go at throttle up" call again will be a nice change of pace. The next generation of manned US spacecraft will have an escape system for *every* phase of flight.


Regular person: "Wow. What a gorgeous blue sky."

You: "Actually, the blue color of the sky is due to Rayleigh scattering. As light moves through the atmosphere, most of the longer wavelengths pass straight through. Little of the red, orange and yellow light is affected by the air.

However, much of the shorter wavelength light is absorbed by the gas molecules. The absorbed blue light is then radiated in different directions. It gets scattered all around the sky. Whichever direction you look, some of this scattered blue light reaches you. Since you see the blue light from everywhere overhead, the sky looks blue."

Regular person: walked away halfway through your buzz kill.
 
2011-03-29 12:57:33 AM

DarthBrooks: No, "Sad" would be if they didn't clean out the RCS assembly and somebody standing in front of the Shuttle at a museum got a lungful of monomethyl hydrazine.

"Sad" would also be if they didn't have 3 intact Shuttles for museums to fight over. The Orbiters did a yeoman's work these past several decades, but it's time to move on to Orion and the SpaceX Dragon.

Never having that sick feeling at the "Go at throttle up" call again will be a nice change of pace. The next generation of manned US spacecraft will have an escape system for *every* phase of flight.


There is always one.
 
FNG [TotalFark]
2011-03-29 01:00:20 AM
While I did a lot of cringing during the later lift-offs and re-entries, the whole program was an engineering marvel. Those pictures display that. I hope we see something to match it in our lifetimes.

hyphens
 
2011-03-29 03:34:18 AM
Not gonna look.
 
2011-03-29 04:34:47 AM
Why would they cut it up? Haven't they already got 2 shuttles in tiny little pieces?

/too soon?
 
2011-03-29 04:35:12 AM
Pfft.... The way they deconstructed Columbia was waaaaay more dramatic.....
 
paj
2011-03-29 04:49:00 AM
On a beach in Bangladesh?
 
paj
2011-03-29 04:53:22 AM
Dibs on the interocitor.
 
2011-03-29 05:08:16 AM
Goddamnitsomuch.
 
2011-03-29 05:17:00 AM
Time for america to forget the words to Off We Go Into The Wild Blue Yonder. Unless they learn to sing it in French, Russian, Chinese, or Hindi.
 
2011-03-29 05:19:47 AM
Good night, good night! parting is such
sweet sorrow,
That I shall say good night till it be morrow.
 
2011-03-29 05:24:19 AM
Stupid machine is stupid.

Hey I have an idea. Let's spend $100 trillion on some useless machine to enable the use of another useless machine. Then the other useless machine will require the first.

...meanwhile 20,000 Guatemalan kids die each year from dysentery. Good work NASA.

Why don't you just pretend you built the machine and make up all the data, like your climatologists do?
 
2011-03-29 05:39:26 AM

SevenizGud: Stupid machine is stupid.

Hey I have an idea. Let's spend $100 trillion on some useless machine to enable the use of another useless machine. Then the other useless machine will require the first.

...meanwhile 20,000 Guatemalan kids die each year from dysentery. Good work NASA.

Why don't you just pretend you built the machine and make up all the data, like your climatologists do?


0/10
 
2011-03-29 06:39:20 AM
www.spaceflightnow.com

www.spaceflightnow.com

My God, he (yellow t-shirt, front left-hand-side) just got sliced in half.
 
2011-03-29 06:47:33 AM

Noon Blue Apples: Why would they cut it up? Haven't they already got 2 shuttles in tiny little pieces?

/too soon?


I can't believe it took someone this long.....
 
2011-03-29 06:48:33 AM

SevenizGud: Stupid machine is stupid.

Hey I have an idea. Let's spend $100 trillion on some useless machine to enable the use of another useless machine. Then the other useless machine will require the first.

...meanwhile 20,000 Guatemalan kids die each year from dysentery. Good work NASA.

Why don't you just pretend you built the machine and make up all the data, like your climatologists do?



home.comcast.net
 
#2 [TotalFark]
2011-03-29 07:22:42 AM
"Better not take a dog on the space shuttle, because if he sticks his head out when you're coming home his face might burn up."

- Jack Handy

\Fun Fact: The space shuttle fare box is full of coin slugs.
 
2011-03-29 07:27:08 AM
the space shuttle program taken as a whole has been a massive failure. of course it has had successes that you can rattle off (Hubble, etc), but these have come at a wasteful cost well, well, well below its original design targets. while in some sense i'm sad to see it go, in another, it's good riddance to bad rubbish. as much as i'd like to see NASA do great things, the manned space flight parts of its are too top heavy, too political, and too inefficient, and, for all their bluster, the public has no real stomach for lean and aggressive spaceflight programs that would result in death rates greater than the 1 in 65 or so that characterize the shuttles. Let the immediate future be unmanned.
 
2011-03-29 07:28:59 AM
I wouldn't be surprised if the Chinese or Indians copied it and built their own Space Shuttle. They've done it with just about everything else.
 
2011-03-29 07:34:24 AM

SevenizGud: Stupid machine is stupid.

Hey I have an idea. Let's spend $100 trillion on some useless machine to enable the use of another useless machine. Then the other useless machine will require the first.

...meanwhile 20,000 Guatemalan kids die each year from dysentery. Good work NASA.


ummmaybe NASA needed to kill all those Guatemalan kids to use as some super secret new fuel source for the next generation of Stupid Machine.
/apparently they have been testing it near where you live, and need to work on its shielding.
 
2011-03-29 07:36:19 AM

Tr0mBoNe: Chop up the shuttles into 1 billion little pieces and sell them each for $10. That's pretty much the only way the shuttles can get us to Mars.


And what, pray tell, what we do on Mars? We already have pictures, and Mars is utterly inhospitable. Just to say we went? Whoopee.
 
2011-03-29 07:36:28 AM
The video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1gZXt0CHHU
 
2011-03-29 07:46:30 AM
If the chemicals they're cleaning are so toxic, why aren't they wearing protective masks?
 
2011-03-29 07:49:47 AM

SevenizGud:

...meanwhile 20,000 Guatemalan kids die each year from dysentery. Good work NASA.

Why don't you just pretend you built the machine and make up all the data, like your climatologists do?


No doubt you're typing this while you're taking a break from handing out packages of medicine and food in some third world hell hole, right?

farking troll.
 
2011-03-29 07:53:26 AM
Well, there goes another piece of the America that I knew as a kid.
 
2011-03-29 07:57:34 AM
I know she was an old bird, but I'm terribly sad and angry that she is being retired before her replacement (whatever that ends up being) is ready.

I can't believe the US is so short-sighted as to give up manned flight capability for the first time since May 5, 1961.

"Study STEM material, kids, and don't forget to take classes in Mandarin or Hindi while you are at it, if you want to get a job in any of those fields when you grow up."
 
2011-03-29 08:00:25 AM

Quantum Apostrophe: Tr0mBoNe: Chop up the shuttles into 1 billion little pieces and sell them each for $10. That's pretty much the only way the shuttles can get us to Mars.

And what, pray tell, what we do on Mars? We already have pictures, and Mars is utterly inhospitable. Just to say we went? Whoopee.


Because:

img829.imageshack.us

/knowledge is power
 
2011-03-29 08:02:45 AM
1. They were never designed to fly forever.

2. This is a better ending than this:

www.universetoday.com

Sad to see this day come, but look back at the incredible success the program has been! HERO tag would have worked just as well.
 
2011-03-29 08:03:42 AM
I remember Columbias launch, and the last mission. I was awed by the "Enterprise" at the 1984 Worlds Fair in New Orleans. The Challenger explosion was a landmark moment in my childhood and the Columbia disaster marked my adulthood.

Kind of sad to think my son will grow up and have no concept of the space shuttle except maybe as a chapter in science class.
 
2011-03-29 08:06:57 AM
How long before someone tries to sell a piece on Pawn Stars (no one pawns items anymore). Who will they get as a space shuttle expert to verify authenticity?
 
2011-03-29 08:15:00 AM
Seriously, this is like looking into a casket. Sad indeed.
 
2011-03-29 08:20:10 AM
It was an unsafe and dangerous design, requiring everything to work just right, though it was cool to watch. (When the Russians try to copy your design and ADD safety features you need to go take another look at the design drawings.) The whole "reusable launch vehicle" was a bad idea from the start.

Nobody wants a rocket back once it's spent because by then it's scrap metal. They are designed to work for 8 minutes and that's it. Like a top-fuel dragster they are good for one use and have to be completely rebuilt. Thus they can make them lighter and have more payload. Adding recovery equipment adds costly weight that has a compound effect on degrading the rockets performance.

Beam Me Out Of This Death Trap, Scotty - April 1980 (new window)
 
2011-03-29 08:20:58 AM

Quantum Apostrophe: Tr0mBoNe: Chop up the shuttles into 1 billion little pieces and sell them each for $10. That's pretty much the only way the shuttles can get us to Mars.

And what, pray tell, what we do on Mars? We already have pictures, and Mars is utterly inhospitable. Just to say we went? Whoopee.


Maybe we'll find the secret to eternal life there...

/no, really.
/new chemical compounds, potentially alternate forms of life, all that medical research put into sustaining astronauts, all the space related lab experiments.
/or we could stay here and invest in WAR!
 
2011-03-29 08:22:30 AM
The space shuttle is the coolest thing ever. I won't be happy until we build something cooler now.

On to Mars!
 
2011-03-29 08:22:54 AM
Sorry I'm out of the loop, but do they have a replacement for the shuttle or are we just giving up on the whole space thing?
 
2011-03-29 08:26:20 AM

MDGeist: Sorry I'm out of the loop, but do they have a replacement for the shuttle or are we just giving up on the whole space thing?


Jack. Shiat. Nothing. That's the real sad part.
 
2011-03-29 08:32:39 AM
Wow, that makes this even more sad to see.
 
2011-03-29 08:35:07 AM
There are some theoretical designs being discussed but as of the end of the space shuttle program, the United States, who you might remember from such events as the moon landing, will be unable to put humans into space. We'll still send astronauts to the ISS via Russia.
 
2011-03-29 08:38:31 AM

nekom: MDGeist: Sorry I'm out of the loop, but do they have a replacement for the shuttle or are we just giving up on the whole space thing?

Jack. Shiat. Nothing. That's the real sad part.


Its a bit more complicated than that.
What we have are private companies and the old school NGO's both salivating over the potential of being handed the next thirty year contract for a spaceship, NASA who really doesn't want to get tied down with that kind of deal again, and congress who just wants the final product built in their individual states (all of them).

Private developers have the lead at the moment but no ones really sure if they can do the job. This kind of thing is unprecedented for them.
The old school developers CAN do the job, but they'll do it at the usual high rates. Theres some hope as a few of them (Unites Space Alliance in particular) are looking to break ranks and offer competing ships to SpaceX and Orbital.

NASA itself is looking for a new mission and some kind of visionary leadership to break the stalemate, and our elected government just isn't providing it.
I think what we really need is a Kennedy-esq moment but we're stuck with a Carter, and the conservatives surrounding him simply aren't helping.

The most likely result is something "meh..." in my estimation.
 
2011-03-29 08:40:42 AM
Now all the heroic astronauts who died to "push the envelope" all died for precisely nothing.

This country is finished.

/Check please.
 
2011-03-29 08:40:51 AM

MDGeist: Sorry I'm out of the loop, but do they have a replacement for the shuttle or are we just giving up on the whole space thing?


As a matter fact they do! It is called the Russia Space Agency.

/sux
 
2011-03-29 08:43:42 AM

aearra: Time for america to forget the words to Off We Go Into The Wild Blue Yonder. Unless they learn to sing it in English.

 
2011-03-29 08:44:16 AM
Also, as someone who's company is designing the new generation of space suits, I'm getting a kick out the concept the astronauts will be all dressed up with no place to go.......
 
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