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(Space.com)   Did you know there were TWO shuttles never meant to go to space? One, of course, was the "Enterprise". The second? A wooden mockup, named "Inspiration"   (space.com) divider line
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2022-05-23 11:41:09 AM  
I was thinking "Challenger" and "Columbia", bit only on specific dates.
 
2022-05-23 11:54:49 AM  

ArcadianRefugee: I was thinking "Challenger" and "Columbia", bit only on specific dates.

Columbia

made it to space.  It just didn't make it home intact.
 
2022-05-23 11:57:23 AM  
 
2022-05-23 12:03:16 PM  
They never got on the long road, getting from there to here.
 
2022-05-23 12:06:32 PM  

wage0048: ArcadianRefugee: I was thinking "Challenger" and "Columbia", bit only on specific dates.

Columbia made it to space.  It just didn't make it home intact.


Well, yeah. So maybe it shouldn't have gone to space.

/ but I will concede your point.
/ :-P
 
2022-05-23 12:07:31 PM  
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2022-05-23 12:08:07 PM  
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2022-05-23 12:08:37 PM  
Chicago - You're the Inspiration (Official Music Video)
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/Got nuthin'
 
2022-05-23 12:38:30 PM  

Ivo Shandor: I've visited the one in Seattle.
http://www.collectspace.com/news/news-110912a.html


Is it still there?

My brother lives in Seattle...I just may have to pay him a visit again, and go see this.
 
2022-05-23 12:38:59 PM  
And in the Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. there's is a duplicate Skylab, never used.

Ditto, a (was) fully functional moon rocket in the Johnson Space Center. As if you bought a Rolls Royce and parked it because you were too cheap to buy a tank of gas.
 
2022-05-23 12:47:42 PM  

kb7rky: Ivo Shandor: I've visited the one in Seattle.
http://www.collectspace.com/news/news-110912a.html

Is it still there?

My brother lives in Seattle...I just may have to pay him a visit again, and go see this.


https://www.museumofflight.org/Plan-Your-Visit/Tours-and-Experiences/Shuttle-Trainer-Tours

**Shuttle Trainer Tours are currently suspended. We anticipate restarting them in Spring, 2022**
 
2022-05-23 1:00:20 PM  
No love for Pathfinder (OV-095)?
 
2022-05-23 1:06:20 PM  

natazha: And in the Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. there's is a duplicate Skylab, never used.

Ditto, a (was) fully functional moon rocket in the Johnson Space Center. As if you bought a Rolls Royce and parked it because you were too cheap to buy a tank of gas.


Might be missing the command module fuel stage.  Pretty sure they used an extra for the Skylab, and as far as I know the Smithsonian Skylab is from a real one as well.

It was weird to learn that by the Shuttle era, that it would be easier to build a new rocket from scratch than to try to refurbish and launch the old rocket.  Not so much the damage, as opposed to trying to re-learn exactly what has to be done during the countdown.  It wasn't like they didn't keep proper records, but there was only so much you could write down (and don't ask about the CM issues about all the hand written notes about "do this then", and trying to figure out what it meant to the guy doing it).
 
2022-05-23 1:32:05 PM  
I once knew a girl whose inspiration involved a lot of wood...
 
2022-05-23 2:02:31 PM  

Ivo Shandor: kb7rky: Ivo Shandor: I've visited the one in Seattle.
http://www.collectspace.com/news/news-110912a.html

Is it still there?

My brother lives in Seattle...I just may have to pay him a visit again, and go see this.

https://www.museumofflight.org/Plan-Your-Visit/Tours-and-Experiences/Shuttle-Trainer-Tours

**Shuttle Trainer Tours are currently suspended. We anticipate restarting them in Spring, 2022**


Damn...gonna have to check into that. Once they restart, I'm definitely taking a weekend trip over to Seattle.
 
2022-05-23 2:08:27 PM  
A Bit of Trivia: there was a massive right in campaign by Star Trek fans  that at least in part lead to NASA choosing to name the testing shuttle Enterprise.  They even had cast members on hand for the reveal of it.
 
2022-05-23 2:27:17 PM  

sprag: No love for Pathfinder (OV-095)?


Isn't that the one in Alabama? I remember when I did Space Academy back in like 1991 they had a complete full size STS on display.

Got to do my simulator mission on Atlantis, which also the movie prop from the Space Camp movie. Cool that it was the movie set, but kind of bummed because it wasn't one of the fancy sims that moved.

And that multi axis trainer thing is awesome. (Yet, I'm still not a huge fan of roller coasters. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
 
2022-05-23 2:57:27 PM  

jclaggett: sprag: No love for Pathfinder (OV-095)?

Isn't that the one in Alabama? I remember when I did Space Academy back in like 1991 they had a complete full size STS on display.

Got to do my simulator mission on Atlantis, which also the movie prop from the Space Camp movie. Cool that it was the movie set, but kind of bummed because it wasn't one of the fancy sims that moved.

And that multi axis trainer thing is awesome. (Yet, I'm still not a huge fan of roller coasters. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


Yes, that's the one.
 
2022-05-23 3:18:51 PM  
Actually, Enterprise was meant to go to space (OV-101) and Challenger was meant to be a static test article (STA-099). The bean counters ran out of everything and realized the refurbishment needed for Enterprise was more like a rebuild, and Challenger was cheaper to fix up even though it was heavier (payload being EVERYTHING for Shuttle guys after they overpromised and the USAF wanted to line them against a wall)

Challenger became OV-099 and Enterprise remained on Earth... it was so complicated to rebuild that NASA built Endeavour from the ground up instead of rebuilding Enterprise.
 
2022-05-23 7:10:55 PM  
As a kid I conned my Grandpa into taking us to see The Enterprise ride the 747. It was the second such test with no release scheduled and none happened. That was pretty awesome in itself but the USAF had to show off to all of the people. They decided to have a brand new all-white B-1 bomber perform a low-altitude supersonic flyby. Us folks on the ground got no warning. That thing zipped past at mach-1 plus dragging a shockwave behind it. The sonic boom it was trailing proceeded to blast out the windows of numerous cars. People were kind of pissed off by that.

/ I remember Air Force personal showing up to check on people and were met by a lot of angry white guys who just had their station wagons de-windowed.
// Our Ford LTD was invincible -- no damage.
 
2022-05-23 8:56:43 PM  
 
2022-05-23 10:15:15 PM  
CSB: I visited the wooden shuttle in 1976 at the Rockwell/Boeing plant in Downey as some sort of college field trip. I remember walking around it and not being very impressed. I thought, "This thing is made of wood. It will burn up on re-entry". But I kept my concerns silent.
 
2022-05-24 2:49:11 PM  

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/Got nuthin'


jesus, the audio they have for this is awful, they upconvert from a cassette?
wobbles and all!
 
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