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(ABC News)   Even NASA is on the lookout for terrorists -- Shuttle has F15 escorts   ( divider line
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2001-11-02 04:30:08 PM  
i think terrorists have better things to fly into than the flipping space shuttle.... don't we have like 3 of them?
2001-11-02 04:30:53 PM  
So you have what is labeled a "crawler" which moves at rates measured in feet per hour, and takes like a day and a half to get to the launch pad, being escorted by two jet fighters.

Right. No afterburners necessary flyboys.
2001-11-02 04:38:24 PM  
Is it too late to crash MIR into afghanistan?
2001-11-02 04:42:27 PM  
I just read about this somewhere else. What this article didn't mention was that this was the first time ever that they did not announce ahead of time that they were moving the shuttle to the launch pad. I also thought it took like a day to get it from the hanger to the launch pad, but I'm pretty sure the other article said it took only 7 hours in the middle of the night.
2001-11-02 04:46:53 PM  
We have four shuttles. And Mir is gone.
2001-11-02 04:55:01 PM  
Could have also used [image from too old to be available] or [image from too old to be available]
2001-11-02 04:56:37 PM  
I would like to see them try to 'shadow' it as it taks off!
2001-11-02 04:56:57 PM  
Not even is immune to the x-10 cam ads. I bet tehre's a scantily clad woman in that astronaut suit.
2001-11-02 04:57:03 PM  
The "cool" would derive from the flags that they are taking up. I wonder if the WTC flag is the one in the photo with the firefighters...

2001-11-02 05:12:29 PM  
I wonder how long the International Space Station can go without a resupply.
2001-11-02 05:13:36 PM  
3horn: Yeah, it is supposed to. I didn't see any confirmation of it in the article, but there have been numerous references to "The Flag" in lots of circumstances.
2001-11-02 05:14:54 PM  
Are they gonna make sure that the Astronauts don't take any nail clippers or Sweet-N-Low packets with them?
2001-11-02 06:02:45 PM  
The Taliban plan to hijack the Space Shuttle!

"Allah akbar! Take this craft to Mars!"
2001-11-02 06:24:23 PM  
i thought they always had f15 escorts

2001-11-02 06:39:10 PM  

On landing, yes. During trips to the launch pad, no.
2001-11-02 06:44:23 PM  
Actually, at landing, it's usually NASA T-38 chase planes, not Air Force F-15 escorts.

2001-11-02 07:17:38 PM has a great popup killer that will rid you of those x-10 camera ads forever. I really like it (and I don't know them or make money for telling people)
2001-11-02 09:50:17 PM  
This makes perfect sense to me. Explosion + liquid oxygen = bad.
2001-11-02 11:31:26 PM  
If the shuttle were to explode, it would be a pretty big boom, assuming that it were fully fueled at the time. However, since the launch pad is literally miles away from anywhere, it wouldn't cause much loss of life, just lots of media coverage.
2001-11-02 11:37:28 PM  
We only need to go back to 1987 to learn that fact
2001-11-02 11:58:14 PM  
They don't fuel the external tank until just before liftoff (no more than a few hours). Of course, the solid rocket boosters are already loaded up with their fuel. Interestingly enough, they're fueled (as they are reused several times) out in Utah, I believe, and then have to be transported by train to Florida. First of all, both SRBs have to be fueled from the same batch of rocket fuel, or we could have a shuttle that goes in one big arc back to Earth (two batches could have different consistencies, burn faster/slower, and you do the math). When they are transported by train, they are covered in a big Kevlar shield so that they can't be accidentally ignited by some hillbilly taking potshots at the SRBs in the backcountry of the U.S. Of course, if that happened, it would be the fastest train in the world, for at least a few seconds (old Space Camp joke).
2001-11-03 03:07:04 PM  
each hour of an F15 flight costs thousands and thousands of dollars- just for fuel. but then again, if so much money is wasted on the silly space programs, why should anybody bother?

oh, and btw,

"Endeavour will carry reminders of the terror attacks in the form of 6,000 small American flags destined for victims' families. The flag that flew over the World Trade Center will also be aboard the shuttle as it climbs into space.".
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