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Robert Pearlman
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posted 06-13-2012 06:44 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 Spaceguy5:
I noticed all of the external airlocks have the APAS removed.
If I recall correctly, the APAS was removed due to safing requirements (it has ordnance embedded to free the latches if required).

As for the overall payload bay configurations, that also relied on the museums' display preferences. A real robotic arm, for example, cannot support its weight in 1G, so a replica is being used in its place for Atlantis' display (that, and there are not enough arms to go around — one went to the Smithsonian, one went back to JSC for possible future use, and the third was shipped back to Canada).

OV-105
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posted 08-22-2012 08:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for OV-105   Click Here to Email OV-105     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Any word on what will happen to the tailcone that is on Endeavour? Are they going to keep it on until it moved to the vertical display? Then where will it go once it is done with Endeavour?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-22-2012 08:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The tailcone will be removed at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), before Endeavour is moved through the city streets to the California Science Center.

It is slated as of today to then return to the Kennedy Space Center. There are some decisions being made this week that may have an effect on its final disposition.

SpaceAngel
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posted 09-20-2012 09:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAngel   Click Here to Email SpaceAngel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I noticed on NASA KSC website picture, that the payload bay doors were closed as said, "for the last time." Will the doors be open as soon as the orbiter gets to its place in the complex center?

Jim Behling
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posted 09-20-2012 09:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jim Behling   Click Here to Email Jim Behling     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
There are no plaques or name identifiers in the crew compartment.
There is a parts tag but I don't remember where it was located.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-20-2012 11:15 PM     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 SpaceAngel:
Will the doors be open as soon as the orbiter gets to its place in the complex center?
Atlantis' payload bay will opened once the orbiter is inside its new exhibit.

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posted 11-16-2012 12:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Apollo 8   Click Here to Email Apollo 8     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It might be a little offtopic here, but I think it is now time to say thank you to the staff of collectSPACE for the wonderful coverage of the final ferry flights and the retirement of the space shuttles!

For us people here in Europe, who could not watch the orbiters, the many photos on collectSPACE brought us nearer to the events, or, let's better say, they brought the events nearer to us. Having the chance to see the photos of the final ferry flights and the transportation of Enterprise, Discovery, Endeavour and Atlantis gave us once more the feeling to be part of these whole great things, that happened over the last 30 years.

Now it is over and I have the same sentimental feeling, I had, as the astronauts of Apollo 17 returned from the last flight to the moon 40 years ago. It is the end of a great era of exploration and ...maybe... again the beginning of a new one.

Thank You to collectSPACE for giving us the chance to watch the end of the space shuttle program!


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