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heng44
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posted 01-25-2014 01:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Thirty years ago, the US space program was full of promise. The photo shows Challenger on Launch Pad 39A as it is being prepared for STS-41B in January 1984. The mission would feature two satellite deployments and two EVAs, including the first test in space of the Manned Maneuvering Unit.

ASCAN1984
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posted 01-26-2014 03:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ASCAN1984   Click Here to Email ASCAN1984     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wasn't Challenger's tail different from that of Discovery and Atlantis and Endeavour in that the tip was black?

Tom
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posted 01-26-2014 11:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tom   Click Here to Email Tom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes... as was Columbia's tail. See here.

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Pictures of the 80s era shuttles are my favorite. It looks more "space like" with grey NASA worm text then the post 1998 look with the meatball. Plus the vehicles were fresh looking. The launch towers still had the reddish color paint from the Apollo days. For me as a young adult, it was an era of new excitement in space travel. The Young Astronauts program was on models, at McDonald's and other places too.

Yes, Columbia and Challenger had similar tails up to STS-9.

Cozmosis22
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posted 02-15-2014 11:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cozmosis22     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Which orbiter never had its name printed on its wing?

COLUMBIA ?

Robert Pearlman
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Beginning with the launch of STS-109 through its loss on STS-107, Columbia had its name on its right wing below the U.S. flag.

Cozmosis22
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posted 02-15-2014 12:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cozmosis22     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks. Recall it went from the worm to the meatball paint scheme but didn't realize they finally put her name on at the end.

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