Posts: 3166 From: Netherlands Registered: Nov 2001
posted 02-03-2018 04:11 AM
The external tank separates from Challenger following the launch of STS-41B on February 3, 1984.
Posts: 691 From: Northampton UK Registered: Nov 2009
posted 02-03-2018 05:26 AM
WOW. That somehow makes you realise the size of those tanks.
Posts: 5674 From: Brussels, Belgium Registered: Jan 2001
posted 02-03-2018 07:08 AM
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?
Posts: 195 From: Dumfries, VA, USA Registered: Aug 2014
posted 02-03-2018 07:29 PM
What a cool photo! Thanks, Ed.
Henry Heatherbank Member
Posts: 197 From: Adelaide, South Australia Registered: Apr 2005
posted 02-03-2018 09:59 PM
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?