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heng44
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posted 05-26-2012 12:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

One of my favorite crew portraits of all times. The first four Space Shuttle crews pose for a group portrait in early 1983. As can be seen in the background, this was before Photoshop days.

Ed Hengeveld

Henry Heatherbank
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posted 05-26-2012 01:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Henry Heatherbank     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have never seen this before, but this one is fantastic. The timing of that photo tells us it was taken after the conclusion of the OFT missions.

Any idea why it was taken then and, say, not before? Was it because of some commemorative event? Was it because one of those eight astronauts had announced they would soon be leaving, and so time was slipping away to take such a photo at all, given that it had not been taken prior to then?

(It so, it could only really have been Lousma leaving, as the other seven astronauts were all in flight rotation at that point).

Photos are rarely taken just for the sake of it, so there must have been a purpose. Anyone?

Philip
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posted 05-26-2012 03:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What's the official NASA photo number, it holds the clue to which year it was made...

APG85
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Something tells me this isn't the "official"/final picture as it isn't cropped in. You can see the ceiling, etc. Great photo though...!

Mike Dixon
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posted 05-26-2012 06:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Dixon   Click Here to Email Mike Dixon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's S83-26746.

Fezman92
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posted 05-26-2012 06:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fezman92   Click Here to Email Fezman92     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It would be cool to see one taken with today's astronauts.

Mike Dixon
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posted 05-26-2012 07:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Dixon   Click Here to Email Mike Dixon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm (almost) certain I have a hi res of this complete with NASA (worm) border and photo ID number.

If anyone wants it, send me an email and (hopefully) I'll be able to help out.

gliderpilotuk
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posted 05-27-2012 06:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Its a great photo. Now if anyone can get Mattingly to sign, I'll have it completed...

carmelo
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posted 05-27-2012 06:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for carmelo   Click Here to Email carmelo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The white "worm" on blue, was a official insignia?

GoesTo11
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posted 05-27-2012 08:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by carmelo:
The white "worm" on blue, was a official insignia?

I've wondered about that myself. Any of our patch experts have some insight?

OV-105
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posted 05-27-2012 10:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for OV-105   Click Here to Email OV-105     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I don't think the white/silver(?) NASA worm lasted too long. Same with the dark blue flight suits. The only other time I can remember seeing it is in the STS-8 crew photo. All of the other crew photos from STS-5 on were in the light blue flight suits or the light blue flight pants/jacket or dark polo shirts. Funny there are about 5 different set ups on the flight suits here.

Henry Heatherbank
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posted 05-28-2012 02:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Henry Heatherbank     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Anyone know which launch is featured in the photo behind them? STS 1 or 2?

heng44
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posted 05-28-2012 02:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Henry Heatherbank:
Anyone know which launch is featured in the photo behind them? STS 1 or 2?

The launch is STS-2.

Apollo Redux
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posted 05-30-2012 10:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Apollo Redux   Click Here to Email Apollo Redux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Next to the others, Robert Crippen looks like he could play varsity basketball.

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