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(CNN)   NASA's final Space Shuttle mission will carry a flag from the Texas Motor Speedway, lead to debate over whether shuttle's orbit consists of left turns or right ones   (sportsillustrated.cnn.com ) divider line 55
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2011-04-10 12:33:44 PM  
No u-turns in space.
 
2011-04-10 12:35:40 PM  
It is my understanding that, while in orbit and not maneuvering, the shuttle orients its top-side to Earth and its heat shield towards space.

Thus, all the turns are over-the-top turns. BEAT THAT, NASCAR!
 
2011-04-10 12:39:36 PM  
I didn't even realize the shuttle program was ending this summer.

Say what you want about my rock, but living under it has protected me from a lot of things over the years. You non-rock types are crazy.
 
2011-04-10 12:46:03 PM  

plausdeny: It is my understanding that, while in orbit and not maneuvering, the shuttle orients its top-side to Earth and its heat shield towards space.

Thus, all the turns are over-the-top turns. BEAT THAT, NASCAR!


Proof positive that the Space Shuttle is a Polish bomber.
It's covered in bricks, flies upside down and backwards, and has the payload bay doors on the roof.

\Love those big Snoopies. Gonna miss 'em when they're gone.
 
2011-04-10 12:49:09 PM  
There is no greater symbol of America's technological and intellectual decline than sending our last space shuttle out to carry Dale Earnhardt commemorative plates to the far reaches of the solar system. Time to cut taxes for the rich and slash NASA's budget to make up for it.

/again
 
2011-04-10 12:50:09 PM  

TuesdayClub: No u-turns in space.


i375.photobucket.com

Agrees
 
2011-04-10 12:52:27 PM  

LouDobbsAwaaaay: There is no greater symbol of America's technological and intellectual decline than sending our last space shuttle out to carry Dale Earnhardt commemorative plates to the far reaches of the solar system.


Now someone just needs to put a "GIT-R-DONE" sticker and a bunch of corporate logos all over the shuttle.
 
2011-04-10 12:53:18 PM  
I'm sure the Allstate-Penzoil-Hoosier-STP-Mothers-Viagra-Aleve-Texas Motor Speedway flag will make a fine showing in orbit.
 
2011-04-10 01:03:57 PM  
All they have to do is slap sponsorships all over the hull of Atlantis, have Darryl Waltrip announce the launch then have the Digger cam on a nearby satellite to watch Atlantis bump draft with the ISS so they can orbit faster.

/YEEHAW!
 
2011-04-10 01:04:30 PM  
www.funnypostcard.com
 
2011-04-10 01:08:53 PM  

GreenAdder: Now someone just needs to put a "GIT-R-DONE" sticker and a bunch of corporate logos all over the shuttle.


Oh, if only Larry the Cable Guy had gone up in the Challenger instead of that teacher.

/What?
//Too far?
 
2011-04-10 01:13:01 PM  
Indeed. What a waste of time, effort and resources it is to link the legacy and dignity of NASA with the mundane interests of the Texas Motor Speedway.

(wait for it ...)

Now if it had been Talladega Superspeedway, THAT would have been totally cool, and radically bad-ass!!!
 
2011-04-10 01:13:07 PM  

GreenAdder: LouDobbsAwaaaay: There is no greater symbol of America's technological and intellectual decline than sending our last space shuttle out to carry Dale Earnhardt commemorative plates to the far reaches of the solar system.

Now someone just needs to put a "GIT-R-DONE" sticker and a bunch of corporate logos all over the shuttle.


Larry was in mission control for his show "Only in America." It aired 1-2 weeks ago. I think some people were uncomfortable with him being there for fear he would place a GIT R DONE sticker on their equipment.
 
2011-04-10 01:14:35 PM  

Nem Wan:


If sponsorship gets us back to the moon and beyond, then I'm ok with it.
 
2011-04-10 01:21:27 PM  
I love the Shuttles and what they have accomplished, but LEO just isn't that great. We need to figure out ways to survive outside of Earth's awesomely protective magnetosphere.

I wish I had several trillion dollars at my disposal. I'd give SpaceX and NASA several dump trucks full of cash to develop new heavy lifting rockets en masse. I'd also offer a prize to whomever can get 500,000lbs to the Lagrange points with a single launch. I'd stimulate the economy by creating the need for a million workers nationwide to get all sort of stuff off the ground.

I envision rockets the size of the Willis Tower launching the framework for a 2001-style space station.
 
2011-04-10 01:22:54 PM  

jjwars1: GreenAdder: LouDobbsAwaaaay: There is no greater symbol of America's technological and intellectual decline than sending our last space shuttle out to carry Dale Earnhardt commemorative plates to the far reaches of the solar system.

Now someone just needs to put a "GIT-R-DONE" sticker and a bunch of corporate logos all over the shuttle.

Larry was in mission control for his show "Only in America." It aired 1-2 weeks ago. I think some people were uncomfortable with him being there for fear he would place a GIT R DONE sticker on their equipment.


Ugh, I hate when I make some facetious comment and it turns out to be true. I feel dirty now.
 
2011-04-10 01:26:53 PM  

jjwars1: Larry was in mission control for his show "Only in America." It aired 1-2 weeks ago.


Which is on, of course, the History Channel. I haven't had cable for years, but I recently moved to a place where they have cable TV in the gym, so I got a taste of what the History Channel turned into while I haven't been paying attention. Holy shiat. It's all UFOs, Revelations, and Larry the Cable Guy. At least when it was on a "12 hours about the Pyramids and 12 hours about Hitler" schedule it was actually about things that are real.
 
2011-04-10 01:29:57 PM  
Hurley said he planned to bring the flag back to the track when he comes back for the November Sprint Cup race.

He sure is optimistic. What odds are they giving in Vegas?
 
2011-04-10 01:34:34 PM  
Now, what the shuttle pilot was unclear of is if the flag will be returning to TMS in November intact or otherwise.

\window seat please.
 
X15
2011-04-10 01:45:51 PM  

LouDobbsAwaaaay: There is no greater symbol of America's technological and intellectual decline than sending our last space shuttle out to carry Dale Earnhardt commemorative plates to the far reaches of the solar system. Time to cut taxes for the rich and slash NASA's budget to make up for it.

/again


If the Shuttle actually went to the far reaches of the solar system then I'd agree with you. But seeing as how all it does is make endless circles in Earth orbit, it's quite fitting.

With Shuttle, as cool as it was, now out of the picture hopefully we can start going places again once we smack some sense into Congress.
 
2011-04-10 02:14:47 PM  

X15: If the Shuttle actually went to the far reaches of the solar system then I'd agree with you. But seeing as how all it does is make endless circles in Earth orbit, it's quite fitting.


In the words of John Kyl, "I wasn't intending to be factual".

With Shuttle, as cool as it was, now out of the picture hopefully we can start going places again once we smack some sense into Congress.

I think we'll harness the power of flying pigs and monkeys before that ever happens. NASA is going to be reduced to hitching rides on other, better space programs in the name of fiscal conservatism until Congress finally gets it down to the size where they can drown it in the bathtub.
 
2011-04-10 02:50:47 PM  
It's also carrying my name up there too! :D
 
2011-04-10 02:52:25 PM  

NuclearPenguins: I envision rockets the size of the Willis Tower launching the framework for a 2001-style space station.


With our current chemical rockets, the law of diminishing returns kicks in. It doesn't scale well.

The bottom stages end up lifting only themselves, if that.
 
2011-04-10 03:02:47 PM  
Hope it explodes.
 
2011-04-10 03:07:33 PM  

X15: once we smack some sense into Congress.


That'll be the day.
 
2011-04-10 03:23:32 PM  
I thought the last shuttle launch was about a month ago.
 
2011-04-10 03:23:46 PM  

cyclebiff: Hope it explodes.


Not funny.
 
2011-04-10 03:28:05 PM  

Gilligann: I thought the last shuttle launch was about a month ago.


The last flight for Discovery. The other two have one more flight each.
 
2011-04-10 03:36:14 PM  
Okay, serious question here.

Suppose I decide to go to http://www.n2yo.com/passes/?s=25544&tz=GMT-05:00 to see what time the International Space Station goes over my house; I then go outside to watch the little bitty point of light go overhead. I do so on the day that the shuttle approaches for docking. If I see two points of light passing over (lucky me), which one is the ISS and which is the Shuttle, i.e. which is leading and which is trailing? And does the same rule apply for when the shuttle disengages and returns to earth?
 
2011-04-10 05:37:46 PM  
They should paint over the U.S. flag with a Kenyan flag on the orbiter, sit back and watch both parties scream themselves silly.
 
2011-04-10 05:46:16 PM  

W6XRL4: Okay, serious question here.

Suppose I decide to go to http://www.n2yo.com/passes/?s=25544&tz=GMT-05:00 to see what time the International Space Station goes over my house; I then go outside to watch the little bitty point of light go overhead. I do so on the day that the shuttle approaches for docking. If I see two points of light passing over (lucky me), which one is the ISS and which is the Shuttle, i.e. which is leading and which is trailing? And does the same rule apply for when the shuttle disengages and returns to earth?


I'm not familiar with that site and what it looks like during shuttle missions. But if you go to this site while a mission is in progress, it will tell you all you need to know:

Link (new window)
 
2011-04-10 05:46:40 PM  
img.photobucket.com
 
2011-04-10 05:58:32 PM  
media.theonion.com
 
2011-04-10 06:23:26 PM  
What do a bunch of drooling NASCAR hillbillies have to do with the US Manned Space Program? If anything, these hicks probably bullied the nerdy kids who grew up to be rocket engineers.

It makes as much sense as creating a "Message Disc" to put on an interstellar probe that contains the entire Jack Chick tract library.
 
2011-04-10 06:27:58 PM  
"In November 2009, four months after guiding Shuttle Endeavour in space, Hurley drove a pace car at Texas that he drove off a Chinook helicopter that landed on the infield."

Man, the only way that could have been more IDIOCRACY-riffic was if he had a live bald eagle as a hood ornament and two Hooters girls in the back seat.
 
2011-04-10 07:02:31 PM  

LouDobbsAwaaaay: jjwars1: Larry was in mission control for his show "Only in America." It aired 1-2 weeks ago.

Which is on, of course, the History Channel. I haven't had cable for years, but I recently moved to a place where they have cable TV in the gym, so I got a taste of what the History Channel turned into while I haven't been paying attention. Holy shiat. It's all UFOs, Revelations, and Larry the Cable Guy. At least when it was on a "12 hours about the Pyramids and 12 hours about Hitler" schedule it was actually about things that are real.


Are you saying Larry the Cable Guy isn't real?
media.ticketmaster.com
 
2011-04-10 07:06:12 PM  

Worst.Fark handle. ever.: What do a bunch of drooling NASCAR hillbillies have to do with the US Manned Space Program?


They're both based in the South.
 
2011-04-10 07:09:59 PM  

Nem Wan: Worst.Fark handle. ever.: What do a bunch of drooling NASCAR hillbillies have to do with the US Manned Space Program?

They're both based in the South.


Yeah, just keep then God Damned idiot Nascar fans away from anything that can be set on fire, otherwise they will burn Florida down to the ground.

/NASCAR fans are walking mouth breathers
 
2011-04-10 07:25:00 PM  
Went looking for the Onion Radio report, came across this instead (new window). This is funnier.
 
2011-04-10 07:25:46 PM  

Scottybobotty: /NASCAR fans are walking mouth breathers


Can't be that bad. Apparently some of these walking mouth breathers can also pilot space shuttles.
 
2011-04-10 07:44:28 PM  

Scottybobotty: Yeah, just keep then God Damned idiot Nascar fans away from anything that can be set on fire, otherwise they will burn Florida down to the ground.


I thought Texas was first in line?
 
2011-04-10 07:49:05 PM  

rhiannon: Scottybobotty: /NASCAR fans are walking mouth breathers

Can't be that bad. Apparently some of these walking mouth breathers can also pilot space shuttles.


This is one reason why I refuse to go south of Joliet, IL.
 
2011-04-10 08:03:08 PM  
CO-OPed in a facility that contained a large wind tunnel, mainly used for testing military aircraft.

NASCAR teams also used it for aerodynamic testing..

Security was tighter for NASCAR
 
2011-04-10 08:20:56 PM  

Scottybobotty: rhiannon: Scottybobotty: /NASCAR fans are walking mouth breathers

Can't be that bad. Apparently some of these walking mouth breathers can also pilot space shuttles.

This is one reason why I refuse to go south of Joliet, IL.


Not going to help you. NASCAR fan/shuttle pilot in question was born in Endicott, NY, which is north of Joliet.
 
2011-04-10 10:13:00 PM  

Worst.Fark handle. ever.: What do a bunch of drooling NASCAR hillbillies have to do with the US Manned Space Program? If anything, these hicks probably bullied the nerdy kids who grew up to be rocket engineers.

It makes as much sense as creating a "Message Disc" to put on an interstellar probe that contains the entire Jack Chick tract library.


RTFA.

The pilot, Doug Hurley, is a NASCAR fan and season ticket holder at Texas Motor Speedway. He was given the flag by TMS and he decided to take it with him. Each astronaut can carry a certain amount of personal items with them. This will be part of his personal items. It's not a farking NASA payload.
 
2011-04-10 11:37:23 PM  

Nem Wan: Worst.Fark handle. ever.: What do a bunch of drooling NASCAR hillbillies have to do with the US Manned Space Program?

They're both based in the South.


But NASA is involved with mankind moving FORWARD.
 
2011-04-11 01:09:03 AM  
There has been a Husker flag in space so I'm cool with this.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clayton_Anderson

I had the pleasure of watching him lecture and got to meet him afterwards. Very humble fellow.
 
2011-04-11 07:35:34 AM  

Worst.Fark handle. ever.: Nem Wan: Worst.Fark handle. ever.: What do a bunch of drooling NASCAR hillbillies have to do with the US Manned Space Program?

They're both based in the South.

But NASA is involved with mankind moving FORWARD.


Which is why it's based in the south.

Let me tell you a short true story, in which the names have been omitted to protect the idiotic. My family went up to NYC on my kids' school Band Trip last week. This is timed to coincide with Spring Break, which happens locally during Master's Week, which is when all the Yankees in ugly pants come to Augusta, GA to fellate Tiger Woods. I was going to go as well, but being from NY, I wasn't going to waste precious vacation time going back to where it took me 20 years to get the hell out of.

Anyway, while on tour in NYC, they naturally stop at the WTC site. While there, my son made a remark to one of his fellow band members, "Welcome to Ground Zero." The tour guide, obviously a NYC native, corrected him with the typical New-Yorker air of contempt, "WE do not refer to it as 'Ground Zero' anymore, young man!"

My son wasn't having any of it.

"Well, I guess y'all have some really short attention spans around here then."
 
2011-04-11 03:01:05 PM  

HAMMERTOE: "Well, I guess y'all have some really short attention spans around here then."


Anyone who says "y'all" is an automatic idiot. No exceptions. It's like a sign that says "IDIOT!" hanging around their necks.
 
2011-04-11 08:45:52 PM  

Worst.Fark handle. ever.: HAMMERTOE: "Well, I guess y'all have some really short attention spans around here then."

Anyone who says "y'all" is an automatic idiot. No exceptions. It's like a sign that says "IDIOT!" hanging around their necks.


It's only slightly more intelligent than people who say "you-ins" or "youz."
 
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