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heng44
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posted 06-14-2014 01:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Thirty years ago today, the STS-41D crew walked out of the O&C Building at KSC to participate in a practice countdown for their mission, scheduled for launch no earlier than June 22.

GoesTo11
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posted 06-14-2014 04:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
ZOO CREW!

Last mission I saw land at Edwards as a kid. Is that George Abbey, next to John Young, right behind them?

heng44
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posted 06-14-2014 04:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yep. Along with Rick Nygren and Jim Schlosser.

NavySpaceFan
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posted 06-14-2014 06:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for NavySpaceFan   Click Here to Email NavySpaceFan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
DISCOVERY's plankowners!

GoesTo11
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posted 06-14-2014 06:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Also, Ed, I really wouldn't mind if you just posted pics from 1984 this year.

heng44
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posted 06-14-2014 12:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Oh, I have a lot more in store from 1984. It was a good year, wasn't it?

GoesTo11
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posted 06-14-2014 02:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Oh, yes. That was the peak. With all due respect to the later legacy and accomplishments of the program, to me that was the shuttle at its most promising and ambitious.

My generation of space geeks grew up painfully not long after that, but I'll never forget how exhilarating that time felt.

Cozmosis22
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posted 06-14-2014 05:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cozmosis22     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Took this photo of the 41-D crew (minus Steve Hawley) during astronaut arrival, T-3 days, at the SLF.

Maybe we should have a separate thread dedicated to 1984 and the space shuttle program?

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posted 06-14-2014 05:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for OV-105   Click Here to Email OV-105     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From January 1984 to December of 1985 was a great time for Shuttle fans.

Greggy_D
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posted 06-14-2014 08:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Greggy_D   Click Here to Email Greggy_D     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I agree 100%. Those were the true "golden age" years of the shuttle.

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posted 06-17-2014 07:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hank Hartsfield was the first astronaut I ever met, before his first flight on STS-4. Later, I saw him and Ken Mattingly tour a space exhibit at the old Gimbels department store in NY. A more gracious, amiable person you could not meet, and accomodating to fellow space philatelists.

carmelo
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posted 06-17-2014 03:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for carmelo   Click Here to Email carmelo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From April 1981 to December of 1985 was a great time for Shuttle fans.

Cozmosis22
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posted 07-07-2014 08:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cozmosis22     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Recently went back to review my images taken during astronaut arrival and noticed that they all seemed to have different patches on the right shoulders of their flight suits. Mullane and Resnik wore the astronaut Class of '78 patch. Payload specialist Walker had a rectangular MacDac patch. Pilot Coats wore the official 41-D patch. Cdr Hartsfield had an STS-4 patch. And finally, mission specialist Hawley wore what appears to be an STS-7 patch, perhaps in tribute to Sally Ride.

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