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heng44
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posted 02-03-2018 04:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

The external tank separates from Challenger following the launch of STS-41B on February 3, 1984.

Kite
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posted 02-03-2018 05:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kite     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
WOW. That somehow makes you realise the size of those tanks.

Philip
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posted 02-03-2018 07:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Those 50m long ETs were easily visible after separation above Europe and traveled further to burn up over the Indian Ocean, even into the Pacific Ocean I believe?

Jonnyed
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posted 02-03-2018 07:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jonnyed   Click Here to Email Jonnyed     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What a cool photo! Thanks, Ed.

Henry Heatherbank
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posted 02-03-2018 09:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Henry Heatherbank     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
On the topic of post-ET separation photos, I understand a focus of the Columbia accident search was to locate onboard photographic evidence of the ET to see if it indicated any foam shedding. Does anyone know if that imagery was ever located amongst the debris?

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