APOD: Space Shuttle Rising (2018 Apr 15)

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APOD: Space Shuttle Rising (2018 Apr 15)

Post by APOD Robot » Sun Apr 15, 2018 4:05 am

Image Space Shuttle Rising

Explanation: What's that rising from the clouds? The space shuttle. Sometimes, if you look out the window of an airplane at just the right time and place, you see something unusual -- in this case a space shuttle launching to orbit. The featured image of Endeavour's final launch in 2011 May was captured from a NASA shuttle training aircraft. Taken well above the clouds, the image can be matched with similar images of the same shuttle plume taken below the clouds. Hot glowing gasses expelled by the engines are visible near the rising shuttle, as well as a long smoke plume. A shadow of the plume appears on the cloud deck, indicating the direction of the Sun. The US Space Shuttle program concluded in 2011, and Endeavour can now be visited at the California Science Center. Planned for tomorrow, however, is a different launch -- that of the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

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Re: APOD: Space Shuttle Rising (2018 Apr 15)

Post by heehaw » Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:44 am

How time flies! I so remember the first launch of the Space Shuttle. The plan was to have launches every few weeks! Ha ha! Now it is history. And the US of A is dependent on Russia if we want to send our astronauts into space. Who could have conceived such a situation! Someone please tell me, now, what the situation will be, say, one hundred years from now? A democratic world government, like these folks want? http://streitcouncil.org

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Re: APOD: Space Shuttle Rising (2018 Apr 15)

Post by ta152h0 » Sun Apr 15, 2018 6:13 pm

I read recently that an F4 Phantom jet was used to follow Gemini II into space. Any images of that adventure ????
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Re: APOD: Space Shuttle Rising (2018 Apr 15)

Post by neufer » Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:08 pm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinking_of_the_RMS_Titanic wrote: .

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<<RMS Titanic sank in the early morning of 15 April 1912 in the North Atlantic Ocean, four days into the ship's maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City. Titanic received six warnings of sea ice on 14 April but was travelling near her maximum speed when her lookouts sighted the iceberg. Unable to turn quickly enough, the ship suffered a glancing blow that buckled her starboard side and opened five of her sixteen compartments to the sea. Titanic had been designed to stay afloat with four of her forward compartments flooded but no more, and the crew soon realised that the ship would sink.>>

:arrow: "Sinking of the Titanic" by Willy Stöwer, 1912
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Re: APOD: Space Shuttle Rising (2018 Apr 15)

Post by Chris Peterson » Sun Apr 15, 2018 10:11 pm

ta152h0 wrote:
Sun Apr 15, 2018 6:13 pm
I read recently that an F4 Phantom jet was used to follow Gemini II into space. Any images of that adventure ????
Well, not into space! The jet photographed the transition of the Titan II rocket (Gemini 2 was unmanned) to Mach 1 at around 35,000 feet, and ultimately followed it up to about 68,000 feet (the F4's service ceiling was 50,000 feet). I've never seen the film; it would be impressive.
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Re: APOD: Space Shuttle Rising (2018 Apr 15)

Post by ta152h0 » Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:15 am

darn, lost film
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