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heng44
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posted 08-04-2012 06:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Columbia is rolled out to the launch pad on August 31, 1981, in preparation for STS-2.

Ed Hengeveld

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posted 08-04-2012 07:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for East-Frisian     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Glamour and mystic.

garymilgrom
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posted 08-04-2012 08:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Any details on the weather Ed? Looks like heavy mist or fog, perhaps rain. Would they roll out a Shuttle in the rain?

Beautiful and unusual - thanks!

GoesTo11
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posted 08-04-2012 09:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I must have a hi-res of that. Can I talk you into sending me the "biggest" version you've got, Ed?

Greggy_D
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posted 08-04-2012 10:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Greggy_D   Click Here to Email Greggy_D     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Columbia looks like a toy model next to the VAB.

Cozmosis22
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posted 08-04-2012 12:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cozmosis22     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by garymilgrom:
Would they roll out a Shuttle in the rain?

No. Can't imagine them intentionally taking that slow-motion six-hour balancing-act trek to the pad with wind and rain in the forecast. The launch schedule was not so tight as to ever require that. What we see there is probably just the usual early morning fog at the Space Coast.

Thanks for the beautiful image! The shuttle stack (for the last time dressed in full white) looks so small because it is apparently about a half hour out from the VAB and further away from our point of view.

heng44
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posted 08-04-2012 03:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by garymilgrom:
Any details on the weather Ed? Looks like heavy mist or fog, perhaps rain.

The rest of the rollout images show excellent weather, so this was probably morning fog. Not half as bad as for STS-6 rollout.

And, yes: Columbia was rolled out of the far side of the VAB from this angle. So it looks a bit small.

icarkie
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posted 08-05-2012 07:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for icarkie   Click Here to Email icarkie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great photo Ed.

I think the music from ELP, fanfare for the common man could be played along
with this image.

ringo67
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posted 08-05-2012 10:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ringo67   Click Here to Email ringo67     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey, that was my 11th birthday.

I remember seeing footage of the rollout on the evening news. It really felt like the beginning of a whole new era in spaceflight. I wish I could feel that excited now. Curiosity comes close. But, maybe I'm just getting old...

Gonzo
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posted 08-07-2012 05:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gonzo   Click Here to Email Gonzo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Kids! You were all of 11? You weren't even
born yet for the one of the greatest events of all time! Getting old? Nah! You've got a lot to see yet! Great times are just getting started!

This is a beautiful image. The fog makes it all look so "nebulous"!

All times are CT (US)

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