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Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-05-2012 01:08 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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Where last we landed: New plaque marks where space shuttle 'stopped'

"Mission complete, Houston. After serving the world for over 30 years, the space shuttle has earned its place in history. It's come to a final stop."

With those words, astronaut Christopher Ferguson signaled the end of the 135th and final shuttle mission on July 21, 2011. Almost a year later, the spot where STS-135 commander Ferguson brought space shuttle Atlantis to its "wheels stop" has been marked with a permanent plaque.

(Similar plaques were installed for the final wheel stop locations of space shuttles Discovery and Endeavour.)

Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-05-2012 01:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here are the plaques for Discovery and Endeavour (photos of the two installed, or in Endeavour's case, finished, are not yet available).

garymilgrom
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posted 07-05-2012 02:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Replicas please!

SpaceAngel
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posted 07-05-2012 06:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAngel   Click Here to Email SpaceAngel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Will NASA do the same thing for Discovery and Endeavour as well?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-05-2012 06:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As noted in the article, the plaques for Discovery's and Atlantis' final stops have already been created and installed. Photos of their plaques, prior to installation, are shown above.

dabolton
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posted 07-05-2012 09:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dabolton   Click Here to Email dabolton     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Will they create plaques for Columbia and Challenger marking their final landings at KSC?

dogcrew5369
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posted 07-05-2012 10:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dogcrew5369   Click Here to Email dogcrew5369     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Since Challenger's final wheel stop was during 61-A's landing at Edwards, the plaque would certainly have to be alot different from the recent plaques.

MrSpace86
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posted 07-06-2012 01:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MrSpace86   Click Here to Email MrSpace86     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
One commemorating Columbia would be a fantastic idea though.

Robert Pearlman
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Without taking anything away from Columbia or Challenger, neither came to their final stop on the Shuttle Landing Facility and so I would think such a marker would not be as natural a fit as marking where the shuttle program came to its end.

The only other marker I might add, and maybe more as a sign similar to the new LC-39 markers, would be a plaque identifying what shuttle flights landed at the SLF. A similar plaque could be displayed at Edwards Air Force Base. (I believe there is already a plaque marking the landing of STS-3 at White Sands.)

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posted 07-06-2012 09:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Skylon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Maybe plaques commemorating the Columbia and Challenger, and their crews at LC 39A and 39B would make more sense — the places they last left Earth from.

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posted 07-20-2012 02:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Kennedy Space Center video release

Etchings and granite pavers mark where the space shuttles' last missions came to an end.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-20-2012 02:41 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 garymilgrom:
Replicas please!
Chad Stout with C Spray Blasting contacted collectSPACE this week to let us know that a very limited series of full-size plaque replicas will be offered.
For all you space fans out there: C SPRAY will be offering 10 limited edition exact replicas of the STS-133, STS-134 and STS-135 plaques with a signed, numbered certificate of authenticity.
These replicas are identical size (16 by 28 by 2.5 inches) and the artwork layout is off the same template used for the plaques that were installed.

The plaques are $1,200 each or a set of the three orbiter plaques is available for $3,000. If interested, contact C Spray via e-mail or by phone (see their website for contact information).

Stout says that in the future, C Spray may create a smaller "souvenir" version and will keep collectSPACE updated.

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posted 07-22-2012 07:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for APG85     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Neat! I'm glad this was done. It's little things like this that go a long way toward preserving history...

garymilgrom
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posted 07-22-2012 08:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Don't forget the cost of shipping if contemplating these items. They are quite heavy, and the cost of UPS Ground from C Spray on the space coast to my home in Atlanta (about 650 miles) is around $100. It will be much more for a longer distance.

Here's some photos of my plaque which arrived Friday. The logistics of moving a 150 lb. artifact cannot be overstated - make sure you have a hand truck and some strong friends to get this into your car and home. Then you'll need a way to display it - I'm not sure how mine will wind up. Maybe a table of some sort?

The plaque itself:

Atlantis Granite 400px

The plaque reflecting an Atlantis flag:

Atlantis Granit Reflect 400px

And the bottom of the plaque showing serial number:

Atlantis Granite Serial Number 400px

The line on this image was caused by residue from the masking tape protecting the finish. I'll remove this residue with some glue cleaner.

I wonder if it would be possible to make these half the thickness (they're 2.5 inches thick) to save half the weight. I have no experience with stone, perhaps this would weaken it and risk damaging it. Anyway I'm very happy with the plaque and what it represents.

These can be ordered from Chad Stout at C Spray Glass Blasting. Robert has posted contact info above.

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posted 11-13-2012 02:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
C Spray Blasting is now offering smaller replicas of the plaques:
We are excited to announce that we will be offering a scaled replia of the plaques commemorating the Atlantis, Discovery and Endeavour shuttles, STS-133, 134, and 135. Each plaque will be 14" by 8" and 2cm thick on hand polished Absolute Black Granite.

These will retail for $150.00 each or all three orbiters for $400.00 plus shipping and handling.

We are offering an introductory offer of $125.00 plus shipping and handling if ordered before December 15, 2012. After that they will go for the price of $150.00 each plus shipping and handling.

If interested, contact C Spray via e-mail or by phone (see their website for contact information).

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posted 11-14-2012 04:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great that they are now doing smaller and cheaper versions of this nice souvenir I may buy the Atlantis one to take to KSC next summer and perhaps get some signatures on it during the dedication of the new exhibit building for Atlantis.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-10-2013 10:36 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 Robert Pearlman:
C Spray Blasting is now offering smaller replicas of the plaques...
I recently ordered and received a set of the scale plaques:

Chad Stout and the staff at C Spray Glass Blasting did a fantastic job on these. Other than being smaller, the plaques appear to be near identical to the originals.

(I should note that the acrylic stands do not come with the plaques; I found them separately at a local frame shop.)

garymilgrom
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posted 04-12-2013 04:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Those look great. Beautiful display Robert.

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