airplanes are like people.

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    at its prime, this thing was orbiting the earth at 25x speed of sound. now it's retiring at the old age of 25 and it has to ride on something that can barely do 0.8x. it must be how old people feel like when they are stuck on a wheelchair.

    <3 NASA

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    1. BlueFairlane 19 months ago | reply

      Oh, that's pretty. I really wish they'd flown one of these over Chicago.

    2. CHUCKage 19 months ago | reply

      As a space nerd that grew up in the 80s, I sort of identify myself as the "space shuttle generation"...but sadly this is the first time and last time I will ever see a space shuttle in the air....

      I don't know how realistic it is, but I wish they would tour and stop at major cities for a couple days before going to the retirement homes, so the public can get to see up close (whereas now, only people in a few cities have the chance to do that)

    3. bongarang 19 months ago | reply

      I like the thoughts in your caption. :) This was also my first and last viewing, and it's sad I never got to see one launch.

    4. Pixel-Pusher 19 months ago | reply

      Nice shot.
      I looks like the postponement allowed all of the fog to clear.
      The extra hour also gave me more time to get my act together at LAX

    5. BlueFairlane 19 months ago | reply

      I, too, was an '80s space nerd. I watched the first launch, the last launch, and many in between. I was outside the Cape once when one of them was sitting on the launchpad, but I didn't have time to take the tour until a week later, after it had already launched. I've never seen one close. I was lucky once and saw one pass over in orbit, but that's as close as I ever came. I hate to see them go.

    6. Ken'sKam 19 months ago | reply

      They made a circle around Houston two days in a row and I just missed both of them, which is too bad as I had a good vantage point from my office building downtown. A couple of my co-workers showed me their iPhone photos and videos. I did get a glimpse when it was far in the distance heading westward on the day it departed Houston.

      This is a great shot that you got.

    7. *bdjs* [deleted] 19 months ago | reply

      I didn't know until the night before that it was going to fly over a city 2 hours south of me and it was too late for me to make plans to miss work and drive down. This is an amazing photo.

    8. Shamrockah 19 months ago | reply

      Outstanding capture, congrats!

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