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Last Journey of Discovery

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Last Journey of Discovery

The space shuttle Discovery makes it's last trip on Tuesday.  It will be piggybacked on a special 747 from Kennedy Space Centre to the Smithsonian in Virginia where it will go on display.
Final Voyage
A live feed will be available on Tuesday for the flight.
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Sad isn't it. Another great icon of progress and technological development being scrapped from service. America is the one place you expect the great stuff to continue and grow but now it seems like they're slowly taking the same direction as the UK  Sad
Still on a positive note, at least the shuttles are going into museums, here in the UK whoever has the biggest and fastest angle grinder or crusher gets the kit.
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Still on a positive note, at least the shuttles are going into museums, here in the UK whoever has the biggest and fastest angle grinder or crusher gets the kit.

Concord is still on display!
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As is Concorde! That was my immediate thought - probably the nearest equivalent we've got.
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See: http://www.aviation-links.co.uk/museums_uk.html#UK
We're not too bad really.
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There are non as blind...... Wink Wink
I thought of Concorde as well.  Pity it was continued.
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The shuttle is all ready for 'launch' Smiley Smiley Latest update:
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saw one just like that at Stansted, didnt have to go to Florida
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Yes I have seen Concorde albeit one of the test planes over at an air museum near bath (can't remember the name of the place). I was a bit gutted though as it was one of the early test versions, not one of the passenger planes. Still, I can't really complain about that I suppose - at least I've been on A concorde!
Yes we do preserve some stuff but very little. How many slam door trains have been preserved for instance? - even though they were 40 years old when taken out of service and incredibly reliable. I can think of ONE and thats it. AFAIK the rest were sent to some place down Portsmouth way for scrapping.
Weirdly though the PMs recent trip to Burma (is that spelt right?) has seen an agreement about a load of old buried spitfires we dumped there being dug up and restored - about 20 of them apparently. That for once is WONDERFUL news but I just wish we did MORE preservation of our wonderful engineering heritage.
Back to the shuttle.. It'll be a shame it ends service but what an icon it's been to so many of us over the years. Incredible stuff it's done, even inspiring a bond film. I hope NASA have plans for something to replace it at some point..
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didnt have to go to Florida

Thank You  Grin Grin
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This is what happened to the various shuttles:
Atlantis at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida
Endeavour, at the California Science Center in Los Angeles
Enterprise, at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York
Discovery, at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia
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I have split off a number of posts which have nothing to do with the topic - old trains - which is now here http://community.plus.net/forum/index.php/topic,104056.0.html
For the life of me I totally fail to see what it has to do with the main topic of the thread.
I know that we are fairly relaxed about off topic posts in Chit Chat but let's try to at least stay somewhere near the original subject on the first page
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Come on OldJim, you know what I'm like about engineering stuff. You post anything here thats big and iconic and you know its asking for trouble - just like the ignore threads hehe Crazy
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Takeoff scheduled for 7.06am.
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Live Link:  http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html
dick:green Link made into hyperlink..