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Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-06-2006 02:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

At 3:50 p.m. CDT (2050 GMT) Tuesday, Sept. 5, NASA began retracting the Rotating Service Structure at Pad 39B to reveal shuttle Atlantis for today's planned 11:29 a.m. launch of STS-115.

ejectr
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posted 09-06-2006 05:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ejectr   Click Here to Email ejectr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nice to see that Atlantis name on the wing this time.

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posted 09-06-2006 07:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by ejectr:
Nice to see that Atlantis name on the wing this time.

I probably should know that but that's the first time Atlantis has its name on the wing?
And anybody knows why the discolored texture on both wings?

Chris.

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posted 09-06-2006 09:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lunarrv15   Click Here to Email lunarrv15     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What does FOD means?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-06-2006 09:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by cspg:
I probably should know that but that's the first time Atlantis has its name on the wing?
And anybody knows why the discolored texture on both wings?

Atlantis has been printed on OV-104's wing since STS-51J in 1985, its maiden flight.

I think Bob was referencing that its been a while since we have seen Atlantis; the last time she flew was in October 2002.

[Edited by Robert Pearlman (September 06, 2006).]

Robert Pearlman
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quote:
Originally posted by lunarrv15:
What does FOD means?
Foreign Object Debris: "a substance, debris or article alien to a vehicle or system which would potentially cause damage."

[Edited by Robert Pearlman (September 06, 2006).]

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posted 09-06-2006 10:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for OV-105   Click Here to Email OV-105     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Starting with Challenger all of the shuttles had their name on the wing. Columbia was put on after its last OMD, before STS-109. FOD is for Foregin Object Debris, which is trash on the ground that can hurt planes/spacecraft.

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posted 09-06-2006 10:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ea757grrl   Click Here to Email ea757grrl     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Some of those white blotches on the wing cover where the old markings -- "USA" and the American flag to port, the NASA wurm and "Atlantis" to starboard -- were. That was done to make way for the current wing markings.

In some of the pics of Columbia atop NASA 905 flying back to the Cape after her final refit in 2001, you can see on her starboard wing the distinct outline of where her original wide-spaced "U S A" markings were.

jodie

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posted 09-07-2006 07:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by ea757grrl:
Some of those white blotches on the wing cover where the old markings -- "USA" and the American flag to port, the NASA wurm and "Atlantis" to starboard -- were. That was done to make way for the current wing markings.

In some of the pics of Columbia atop NASA 905 flying back to the Cape after her final refit in 2001, you can see on her starboard wing the distinct outline of where her original wide-spaced "U S A" markings were.

jodie



Thanks, Jodie.
Maybe NASA could have cleaned up the old markings. It doesn't look nice (ok, ok, it's not NASA's top priority, I know!) but rather shows how old the orbiter is- and hence gives ammo to the retirement of the fleet.

Chris.

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