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  STS-131: Viewing, questions, and comments (Page 2)

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Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-21-2010 11:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by blacklion1:
On NASA TV, the landing looked a little long down the runway. Can anyone say if this was true or not or unusual?
Well, just comparing wheels stop distances...

Endeavour came to a halt at the 13,000 foot mark at the end of the STS-130 mission.

On Tuesday, Discovery came to a rest 11,963 feet down the 15,000 foot runway.

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posted 04-21-2010 12:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for blacklion1   Click Here to Email blacklion1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Robert, perception is a little distorted watching the various angles presented on television. It just seemed that it took forever for the rear wheels to touch looking down Rwy 33, and even longer for the the chute to detach. I would also suspect that energy into the hac are probable consistent which each flight, having very little to do with whether the shuttle flies an ascending or descending node approach.

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posted 04-21-2010 04:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tegwilym   Click Here to Email tegwilym     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Has anyone come across any re-entry photos from across the country yet? I haven't come across any yet.

Jay Chladek
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I was hoping to see some reentry photos myself. I was set to go out and take some on the 19th until weather scrubbed the attempts that day. For the 20th, the ground tracks took Discovery either too far to the east or too far to the south for me to see anything and even then there were clouds in the way. The applet did say a sighting was possible on both passes though (with a bit of luck perhaps).

The return track for the second passes on the 19th and the 20th were very similar, so maybe somebody was enterprising enough to try. But considering the tracks for day two didn't get posted until very late on the 19th, maybe people just opted to stay in bed rather then watch.

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posted 04-22-2010 11:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for issman1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The STS-131 mission may be over but this is interesting footage of the crew leaving Houston for KSC in preparation for launch.

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posted 04-22-2010 12:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for blacklion1   Click Here to Email blacklion1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great video! Thanks for sharing. It always brings a smile to my face when I see astronauts in such settings. To a person they (Star Voyagers) would call themselves ordinary people but they do such extraordinary things. Kudos to the crew of STS-131.


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