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Beginning of the 2nd space walk

Beginning of the 2nd space walk

They’re outside right now on the second of five planned spacewalks. I’m keeping tabs on the video feed, which is pretty cool.

Murdoc’s been a huge critic of the Space Shuttle program and NASA in general, but I think the Hubble servicing missions are without a doubt the high point of post-Apollo NASA.

UPDATE: Came across this cool image taken before the launch. Notice the Endeavour on pad 39B.

NASA pilots Jack Nickel (in the jet with tail number 62) and Charles Justiz fly over for a bird\'s eye view of two shuttles on the launch pad. Shuttle Atlantis is in the foreground and Endeavour can be seen in the distance on the launch pad at NASA\'s Kennedy Space Center. The two are flying T-38 jet trainer aircraft.  Image Credit: NASA/Robert Markowitz

NASA pilots Jack Nickel (in the jet with tail number 62) and Charles Justiz fly over for a bird's eye view of two shuttles on the launch pad. Shuttle Atlantis is in the foreground and Endeavour can be seen in the distance on the launch pad at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. The two are flying T-38 jet trainer aircraft. Image Credit: NASA/Robert Markowitz


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Comments

  1. The shuttle was flawed in a number of ways. First and foremost it was an experimental craft touted to be a “commercial” transport. By definition it could never live up to its billing.

    That said, the birds flew for 20+ years and have some serious low orbit capabilities. I would seriously hope that in that time span, so serious thought has taken place to see what went wrong, and what went right, and that knowledge would be incorporated into the next generation of space craft.

    Oh wait, the next generation is the Orion. Never mind.

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