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heng44
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posted 08-11-2012 02:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Here is the view that STS-1 astronauts John Young and Bob Crippen had of the approaching recovery convoy following their landing at Edwards AFB in April 1981. The photo was taken through Columbia's hatch window.

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posted 08-11-2012 02:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"Nice of them to bring the giant TV so we can watch the Muppets while waiting for decontamination."

dabolton
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posted 08-17-2012 06:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dabolton   Click Here to Email dabolton     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So Young and Crippen were unstrapped and on the lower deck before the recovery team arrived at the vehicle? Were they in a hurry to leave. How long were they onboard after wheels stop?

Greggy_D
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posted 08-17-2012 06:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Greggy_D   Click Here to Email Greggy_D     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You know, I had the same thought. How long did the shutdown checklist take to go through? Isn't it 10-20 minutes long?

Henry Heatherbank
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posted 08-17-2012 09:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Henry Heatherbank     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was going to suggest one of them may have needed to take a leak (on the lower deck), but even that couldn't have been the case because they would still have been suited up in the launch/entry suits.

Cozmosis22
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posted 08-18-2012 12:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cozmosis22     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Apparently they took their time after that first flight since they didn't know exactly what to expect. Things got more efficient during the next 30 years.

Don't see any "sniffers" in that photo. Could be that they were already up to the bird out of view, doing their thing.

heng44
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posted 08-18-2012 02:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I remember that Young was very impatient to go outside. Crippen was still on the radio with Mission Control while Young was already inspecting Columbia. He was very excited and finally went back inside to go get Crippen.

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