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heng44
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posted 04-13-2013 02:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
 photo 442_19790308_zps27528289.jpg

March 8, 1979: Space Shuttle Columbia is moved from the Rockwell plant in Palmdale to NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, where it will be mated to the 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft for transport to KSC. A new era in space transportation was about to begin.

Ed Hengeveld

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posted 04-13-2013 07:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for APG85     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And its still hard to believe its all over. Great picture...!

mach3valkyrie
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posted 04-13-2013 05:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mach3valkyrie   Click Here to Email mach3valkyrie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There's something about the high desert and the Space Shuttle — they just seem to go together.

It all lay ahead for the program then. Still time to re-boost Skylab. OOPS! Didn't make it.

Great photo.

onesmallstep
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posted 04-15-2013 09:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What a poignant photo. The dawn of a new era - but also reflecting on the many achievements and missions of Columbia and her tragic loss.

GoesTo11
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posted 04-15-2013 09:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by mach3valkyrie:
There's something about the high desert and the Space Shuttle — they just seem to go together.

It all lay ahead for the program then.


I missed the rollouts of Columbia and Challenger, but I did turn out to watch Discovery creep through downtown Lancaster on its way to Edwards. I remember the optimism then... it seemed naive and perhaps slightly delusional after January 28, 1986, but at that time it felt very real, like we were watching a new beginning.

By the way Ed, I'd love a hi-res of this picture.

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