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Space Shuttle woke me up last night

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At 2:30 am last night I was awoken by the distinctive double sonic boom of the space shuttle as it passed over my house on its way to land. It sounded like two bombs going off. It is kind of sad that this will be the last time to experience it.

 

Did everyone else in FL get your 2:30 wake up call?

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At 2:30 am last night I was awoken by the distinctive double sonic boom of the space shuttle as it passed over my house on its way to land. It sounded like two bombs going off. It is kind of sad that this will be the last time to experience it.

 

Did everyone else in FL get your 2:30 wake up call?

 

Atlantis is supposed to make it's last flight in July I believe. That'll really be sad as after that the nation that has been the leader in space exploration for over 40 years will have to depend on other countries to get to the space station. :angry:

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ESPECIALLY SO.......since the Shuttles are definately not at or near the end of their life and usefullness. Its a pure money deal. :angry: They should be leased (or in government speak...Bailed) to private industry to continue their mission. There is a group that wants to do this. How do I know all this...I helped design and build them ;)

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ESPECIALLY SO.......since the Shuttles are definately not at or near the end of their life and usefullness. Its a pure money deal. :angry: They should be leased (or in government speak...Bailed) to private industry to continue their mission. There is a group that wants to do this. How do I know all this...I helped design and build them ;)

Reckon "they" figger they have better uses for our money... :(

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Reckon "they" figger they have better uses for our money... :(

 

Thats why it makes more sense to private industry have rent/lease them and do the business at a profit/loss, their risk. ;)

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At 2:30 am last night I was awoken by the distinctive double sonic boom of the space shuttle as it passed over my house on its way to land. It sounded like two bombs going off. It is kind of sad that this will be the last time to experience it.

 

Did everyone else in FL get your 2:30 wake up call?

 

:)Yep, when I was a kid, them sonic booms was a daily occurance, courtesy from the pilots at Edwards Air Force Base. I miss them too...always thot one of them booms wood take out the big picture window in my folks livin' room, use to rattle the heck out of it.

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I'm afraid that manned space exploration may be a thing of the past. Too expensive for a government as wasteful and inefficient as this one. What a shame. Our grandchildren will only be able to watch old videos of spaceflight unless private industry can pick up the ball.

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:)Yep, when I was a kid, them sonic booms was a daily occurance, courtesy from the pilots at Edwards Air Force Base. I miss them too...always thot one of them booms wood take out the big picture window in my folks livin' room, use to rattle the heck out of it.

 

 

Grew up 5 miles from plant 42 in Palmdale, got to hear lots of sonic booms and got to see the maiden takeoffs of the XB-70 and the YF-12A (better known as the SR-71!) :blink: :blink:

Some of them booms wold rattle our sliding glass doors sumthin' fierce!! :lol::FlagAm:

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One of the people on my son's PhD panel was Sally Ride. She said that, in her opinion, the main purpose of the International Space Station was to pour billions of dollars into the Russian economy. Now that we will be totally dependent on the Russians to get to and from the ISS (at $60 million per ride), looks like her comment is even more relevant.

 

We were once the unquestioned leader in space exploration. Now we're reduced to a pedestrian standing on the side of the highway with his thumb out, hoping some Russian will give us a ride. Sad.

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I'm afraid that manned space exploration may be a thing of the past. Too expensive for a government as wasteful and inefficient as this one. What a shame. Our grandchildren will only be able to watch old videos of spaceflight unless private industry can pick up the ball.

 

It is indeed a shame. Especially when you look at all the spin offs from the space program that we now take for granted. See a short list here: http://www.thespaceplace.com/nasa/spinoffs.html

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oops. Doubled up - it looked like it hadn't posted so I hit the button again.

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At 2:30 am last night I was awoken by the distinctive double sonic boom of the space shuttle as it passed over my house on its way to land. It sounded like two bombs going off. It is kind of sad that this will be the last time to experience it.

 

Did everyone else in FL get your 2:30 wake up call?

 

I never heard a thing, usually I do. Back in the sixties, sonic booms happened on a daily basis. They were expecially numerous during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Although I don't remember anything about the Crisis, but I sure do remember the sonic booms all the time.

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:)Yep, when I was a kid, them sonic booms was a daily occurance, courtesy from the pilots at Edwards Air Force Base. I miss them too...always thot one of them booms wood take out the big picture window in my folks livin' room, use to rattle the heck out of it.

 

Bobb,

I lived in Mojave an w*#ked at Edwards AFB then too.

 

Once that double BOOM_BOOM threw me outa bed at 6am :unsure:

 

Usta watch those first 10 landings on the flight-line, as I repaired NASA's phone lines.

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Reckon "they" figger they have better uses for our money... :(

 

I heard on the radio this AM about the Feds having a Dept. of Agriculture agent go to children's birthday parties and watch for

Magicians pulling a RABBIT out of his hat. Then ask for his permit to have an unlicensed RABBIT, followed by a heavy fine.Just sayin'

 

Big Jake

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Bobb,

I lived in Mojave an w*#ked at Edwards AFB then too.

 

Once that double BOOM_BOOM threw me outa bed at 6am :unsure:

 

Usta watch those first 10 landings on the flight-line, as I repaired NASA's phone lines.

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Yeah Hal, I recall you sayin' them was yer ol' stompin' grounds...back in tha day. :D

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Breakin' tha ...

 

PACIFIC OCEAN (June 3, 2011) An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113 breaks the sound barrier during an air power demonstration over the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are underway in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Travis K. Mendoza/Released)

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