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Six years ago today, on June 1, 2011, Space Shuttle Endeavour (OV-105) completed its final mission (STS-134) and landed safely at Kennedy Space Center.

 

This photo was taken at the California Science Center's Samuel Oschin Pavilion, Endeavour's home until the permanent exhibit opens in 2018 (looks like it will be awesome). Definitely need to get back there someday and visit it again.

The Space Shuttle Discovery on the Crawler-Transporter rolling out to the launchpad at Kennedy Space Center. via 500px ift.tt/2togJoe

An image of Bahrain from the space shuttle - you can just see the island behind the Shuttles rear stabiliser - taken with a Hasselblad.

 

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this is image: ISD_highres_STS101_STS101-718-27_2

Udvar-Hazy Center, National Air and Space Museum

Today was the last dark launch for the space shuttle. Only 2 launches left in the shuttle program. I had to get up at 5:30 this morning and drive up to where I could photograph this with water in front for the reflection. It launched at 6:21 am. Awesome sight to witness. I love Florida

This is about 200+ miles away from the launch site, Awesome

Endeavour atop Nasa's 747 flies over Dockweiler Beach State Park, California.

The Solid fuel rockets fall away and are collected out at sea for re-use. The Shuttle is now entering orbit and reaching 17500 mph. 90 minutes from now it will be overhead again having completed its first orbit............ I will not have left the car park.

How fast does a Space Shuttle travel? What is its altitude? How much fuel does it use?

A. Like any other object in low Earth orbit, a Shuttle must reach speeds of about 17,500 miles per hour (28,000 kilometers per hour) to remain in orbit. The exact speed depends on the Shuttles orbital altitude, which normally ranges from 190 miles to 330 miles (304 kilometers to 528 kilometers) above sea level, depending on its mission. Each of the two solid rocket boosters on the Shuttle carries more than one million pounds of solid propellant. The Shuttles large external tank is loaded with more than 500,000 gallons of supercold liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen, which are mixed and burned together to form the fuel for the Shuttles three main rocket engines.

Here's another one I did....(not)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5HMefvGXG0

  

Space Shuttle Discovery leaving Kennedy Space Center in Florida and flying to Washington DC for the final time. Discovery now rests in the Smithsonian Museum. This image was taken from atop the Vehicle Assembly Building. All rights reserved. Image cannot be used in any way without my express consent.

Penultimate Space Shuttle mission STS-134 lifts off from Kennedy Space Center, Florida.

 

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I tried this for the first time.

I ACTUALLY tried it.

 

*also from the photography trip

 

SOOC minus watermark.

The space shuttle Endeavour is seen on launch pad 39a as a storm passes by prior to the rollback of the Rotating Service Structure (RSS), Thursday, April 28, 2011, at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. During the 14-day mission, Endeavour and the STS-134 crew will deliver the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) and spare parts including two S-band communications antennas, a high-pressure gas tank and additional spare parts for Dextre. Launch is targeted for Friday, April 29 at 3:47 p.m. EDT. Photo credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

Editor's note: happy Friday, Flickr friends! While we can't all get this kind of sky view, hope you get to enjoy the waning gibbous moon in the skies over Earth this weekend.

 

This image taken by an astronaut aboard Space Shuttle mission STS-103 shows a panoramic view of Earth at moonrise.

 

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The space shuttle Atlantis lifts off Monday May 11, 2009 at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Seven astronauts are beginning a 12-day mission that includes the fifth and final servicing of the Hubble Space Telescope. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)Current world News

Penultimate Space Shuttle mission STS-134 lifts off from Kennedy Space Center, Florida.

 

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The final launch of Shuttle Atlantis STS-135. This was taken with a remote camera donated to The Last Shuttle Project by Sony. We rig the remote cameras with sound triggers that start recording when they hear the roar of the engines firing up.

This image of space shuttle Atlantis was taken shortly after the rotating service structure was rolled back at Launch Pad 39A, Thursday, July 7, 2011. Atlantis is set to liftoff today, Friday, July 8, on the final flight of the Space Shuttle Program.

The space shuttle Endeavour is seen on launch pad 39a after the rollback of the Rotating Service Structure (RSS), Sunday, May 15, 2011, at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. During the mission, Endeavour and the STS-134 crew will deliver the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) and spare parts including two S-band communications antennas, a high-pressure gas tank and additional spare parts for Dextre. Launch is targeted for Monday, May 16 at 8:56 a.m. EDT. Photo credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

A timed exposure of space shuttle Columbia at Launch Pad 39A turns the space vehicle and support facilities into a night-time fantasy of light. The new space vehicle was being prepared for its liftoff on its maiden voyage, the STS-1 mission, the first flight of the Space Shuttle Program.

On display at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center at Dulles.

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Wiki: The Space Shuttle Enterprise was the first Space Shuttle built for NASA. It was constructed without engines or a functional heat shield, and was therefore not capable of space operations; its purpose was to perform test flights in the atmosphere.

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At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, space shuttle Endeavour is powered up for one of the final times as workers continue to prepare the orbiter for display at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, CA.

 

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Underneath the Space Shuttle Enterprise at the Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum

  

The Space Shuttle Pavilion will be open to the general public beginning July 19, 2012.

 

Was quite the experience to behold this piece of history today.

   

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Thank you for all the comments and sharing this with your friends! This is the FIRST time one of my shots makes it into Explore and I am overwhelmed with the amount of interest in this photo! Thanks for enjoying this!

 

OK... so, it was my first try at this and I simply held down the bulb for 264 seconds.... Yes, it was overexposed, but I took down the exposure by 4 notches and this is the result... looks kinda cool if you ask me!

 

ENJOY!

 

f11

ISO 200

15mm

264 seconds

 

POST: exposure -4, recovery 75, clarity +50

 

Against the blue of the Atlantic Ocean, space shuttle Atlantis with its crew of seven rises majestically from Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center to start the STS-122 mission to the International Space Station. The launch is the third attempt for Atlantis since December 2007 to carry the European Space Agency's Columbus laboratory to the International Space Station. During the 11-day mission, the crew's prime objective is to attach the laboratory to the Harmony module, adding to the station's size and capabilities.

It was awesome to see this in person.

Well, since NASA is having difficulty launching Endeavour into orbit, I'll go back to March and show a scene from Discovery. I had hoped that this moment would occur. The launch was several minutes after sunset, so during the ascent, the space shuttle reentered daylight. What a view!

NASA image originally released April 12, 1981

 

S81-30498 (12 April 1981) --- After six years of silence, the thunder of manned spaceflight is heard again, as the successful launch of the first space shuttle ushers in a new concept in utilization of space. The April 12, 1981 launch, at Pad 39A, just seconds past 7 a.m., carries astronaut John Young and Robert Crippen into an Earth-orbital mission scheduled to last for 54 hours, ending with unpowered landing at Edwards Air Force Base in California. STS-1, the first in a series of shuttle vehicles planned for the Space Transportation System, utilizes reusable launch and return components.

 

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Space Shuttle Discovery final landing next to the Udvar-Hazy Center near Washington, D.C.

Space Shuttle Discovery blasts off from Kennedy Space Center's launchpad 39A on her final journey into space.

 

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Catalog #: 08_00877

Title: Space Shuttle Program

Date: 5/4-8/89

Additional Information: The Space Shuttle

Repository: San Diego Air and Space Museum Archive

On display at the Steven Udvar-Hazy annex of the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, Washington DC.

The Space Shuttle came to Los Angeles on Sept 21. One of the flbys was very close to where I was. I can't believe I chopped off a bit from the end of the best shot. Anyway, pretty cool to see it so close.

Lift-off of space shuttle Endeavour (STS-134) on May 16, 2011 at 8:56AM ET.

 

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Flight Deck of the Space Shuttle Endeavour. Powered, as on orbit, for its final days before heading to its museum.

 

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