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Paul78zephyr
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posted 03-05-2012 08:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul78zephyr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you zoom in on Pad 39A in Google Maps there is a shuttle there. Is there any way to tell which one it is and what mission?


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Paul78zephyr
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posted 03-05-2012 08:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul78zephyr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you zoom out, pan over to 39B, and zoom back in you can see that 39B is being deconstructed. So would that say that the photos are from sometime in 2009?

PeterO
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posted 03-05-2012 08:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for PeterO   Click Here to Email PeterO     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When viewed with Google Earth, the image date is Dec. 3, 2010. The image from Jan. 22, 2009 also shows a shuttle on the pad. The empty MLP is shown in several earlier images between December, 2003 and November, 2007.

To see historical images in Google Earth, select the View menu, and check Historical Imagery. The image date will be shown at the bottom left of the Google Earth window. Click the four-digit year to the right of the date to open the historical imagery slider at the top left of the screen.

cycleroadie
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posted 03-05-2012 09:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cycleroadie   Click Here to Email cycleroadie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If that date is correct, that's Discovery, STS-133, after the ET stringer tank issue crept up.

Jay Chladek
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posted 03-07-2012 04:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Given the time period in question, STS-133 would be my guess as well as the foam coloring patterns on the ET look consistent with photos of 133's ET on the pad. STS-134 had a big foam patch on it near the top and the banding color contrasts (not necessarily the colors themselves since ET foam darkens from UV exposure) seem a little different on 132's tank.

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