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heng44
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posted 09-07-2013 02:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

The STS-135 crewmembers stop and pose for photographers before boarding the Astrovan that will take them to Launch Pad 39A for the launch of space shuttle Atlantis on July 8, 2011. STS-135 was the final flight of the Space Shuttle Program, a 12-day mission to the International Space Station. (Photo: NASA/Bill Ingalls)

Lasv3
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posted 09-07-2013 03:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lasv3   Click Here to Email Lasv3     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I never saw it from this angle - a very nice shot.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-07-2013 03:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In the full resolution shot, you can pick out yours truly just forward of the ladder, wearing a turquoise blue shirt.

There are also at least a half a dozen cS members in the crowd (including Jerry Ross, walking in front of the AstroVan).

garymilgrom
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posted 09-07-2013 04:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Unique angle Ed, and neat to see Robert in the crowd.

astro-nut
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posted 09-07-2013 07:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for astro-nut   Click Here to Email astro-nut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is that Astronaut Robert Curbeam or Leland Melvin in the blue flight suit in the bottom left corner walking away from the crowd?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-07-2013 08:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That is Leland Melvin.

astro-nut
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posted 09-07-2013 08:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for astro-nut   Click Here to Email astro-nut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you, Robert.

Philip
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posted 09-07-2013 09:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Indeed, uncommon shot... are female astronauts Peggy Whitson (blue overall) and Janet Kavandi (civil clothes) behind the Astrovan?

Robert Pearlman
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Yes, that's Whitson and Kavandi.

Tom
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posted 09-07-2013 09:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tom   Click Here to Email Tom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Unique shot, Ed

I've had the great opportunity to attend a couple of crew walk-outs. I remember them allowing us (media) to line up in the "yellow lined area" ...a bit closer to the astrovan.

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posted 09-07-2013 10:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ronpur   Click Here to Email Ronpur     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What a cool new angle!

I have seen this guy at the front of the bus in the flag and eagle shirt before on crew walk outs. Who is he?

And Robert, did you get any good pictures of the crew?

Robert Pearlman
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Originally posted by Ronpur:
And Robert, did you get any good pictures of the crew?

Ronpur
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posted 09-07-2013 06:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ronpur   Click Here to Email Ronpur     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That is an excellent photo considering how many people are around you trying to get a picture too!

onesmallstep
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posted 09-10-2013 09:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I noticed the security team in camos by the white car at the bottom; was the olive drab truck/armored car above the astrovan a regular feature of the caravans going out to the launch pads since 9/11?

ringo67
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posted 09-12-2013 01:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ringo67   Click Here to Email ringo67     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great shot!

If there's one of the STS-131 walkout, which I doubt, you'd be able to see me. That would be soo cool.

Of course it was about 2 a.m., so the photo would be pretty dark.

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