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heng44
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posted 01-18-2014 02:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

The coming twelve months will see the 30th anniversary of some of my all-time favorite Space Shuttle missions. The year 1984 was a very exciting year for space history and nothing seemed impossible. Here is the crew for STS-41B during their countdown test at the Kennedy Space Center: Vance Brand, Hoot Gibson, Bruce McCandless, Ron McNair and Bob Stewart.

GoesTo11
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posted 01-18-2014 04:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
30 years. Geez, like I needed to feel older.

J/K, thanks for posting these Ed, and I'm looking forward to what you have this year. It's sort of the 30th anniversary of what I felt like as a kid watching the Shuttle before Challenger.

dabolton
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posted 01-18-2014 06:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for dabolton   Click Here to Email dabolton     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I love seeing cross-over crews that still contained Apollo astronauts. Very much turning over the keys to the kingdom.

cspg
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posted 01-18-2014 02:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And the weather looks a lot like Geneva during winter...

cspg
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posted 01-18-2014 02:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by GoesTo11:
It's sort of the 30th anniversary of what I felt like as a kid watching the Shuttle before Challenger.
And afterwards, did you grow up faster than planned too? Challenger was an eye-opener to me.

GoesTo11
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posted 01-18-2014 10:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Oh, yes.

I've spoken to this in a couple other discussions here, but the post-Challenger hiatus coincided with what you might call my "formative" adolescent years. Aside from the life changes we all go through at that stage, by the time the Shuttle flew again I was no longer a space-struck kid. I still followed the program, and I still admired the people who built and flew those machines...but my eyes were a lot clearer about the technical limitations of the Shuttle and the political realities--inside and outside NASA--that simultaneously drove and undermined it.

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