12.11.2008

Taken Yesterday

Yeah, you've seen it on the news but it's cooler when someone sends you a pic taken by a real camera by a real human being. (Not those alien TV people.) I've always been confused by the Space Shuttle. Can imagine the initial conversation?: NASA official #1: Uh, we gotta get it back to Florida somehow. NASA official #2: So fly the thing back. NASA official #1: It can't fly. NASA official #2: Whatdayamean it can't fly? NASA official #1: The Space Shuttle can't fly. NASA official #2: We can put a man on the moon but the Space Shuttle can't fly from California to Florida? NASA official #1: Nuh uh. NASA official #2: What do you propose? NASA official #1: We are going to have a 747 give it a piggy back ride. NASA official #2: You're kidding, right? NASA official #1: Nope. NASA official #2: And you call yourself a rocket scientist. (Thanks, Jarhead for the pic.)

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

about as good a use of money as installing astroturf on a Class 3A football field.

Anonymous said...

Did it hit a telephone line in the first picture? I think it did.

Anonymous said...

Kinda reminds me of BG and Jarhead during night cuddles.

Anonymous said...

In the concept stage the shuttle would have jet engines attached for the return flight home. However this would require a 40,000 foot runway for takeoff. The guy that came up with the piggy back idea was laughed at. So being an avid R/C builder/flyer he when home built a scale model took it back to NASA in Houston and flew the thing on the front artificial turf lawn.FACT

Silicone Alley said...

12:21... Who do you think is top and who's bottom?

I say BG bottom...Jar top

;)

Anonymous said...

Mzcrap - Please verify the above post. (Since you know every frickin thing)

Anonymous said...

Was ther when it took off today...pretty cool...

Anonymous said...

Those turf fields are so tuff you could land that thing on it.

Anonymous said...

The original reason for piggy backing it on a 747 was for test flight and landing. I believe they always intended to land at Kennedy, but the runway wasn't ready for the initial missions. Thus the need to ferry the shuttle from Edwards to Florida.

Anonymous said...

That is an amazing photo.

Thanks for posting it Barry.

Anonymous said...

Is this how little space shuttles are made?

Anonymous said...

I wonder how they got that on top of the 747?

Anonymous said...

The space shuttle needs a piggyback ride wherever it goes, not just when it's being moved from CA to FL.

Anonymous said...

4:03

They use a crane, and super glue.

Double Fake Mythbusters

Anonymous said...

Space shuttle = a big, ginormous metal and carbon fiber hole in space into which is pissed away gazillions of dollars.

(it costs 500 million dollars per 'mission')

Anonymous said...

3:01, go to the Rift Valley in Africa and lie down in a bush and hide from sabre tooth lions. If not for man's curiousity and the investment of time, energy and resources into the process of discovery, that's where you'd be. Don't like the space program and its results? Well please stop using your computer, cell phone, weather radar, GPS, HD TV, and a whole bunch of other everyday conveniences that came from it or were enhanced by it. You'd be the one standing next to Queen Isabella whispering "don't give him the money"....

Albert Einstein in drag said...

A lot of people probably thought Columbus was some kind of money-wasting wayfarer who was banging the queen. Well, what if he was?

Anonymous said...

"Post hoc ergo propter hoc' look this one up for starters 9:55 -idiot.

Then turn up your Kool Aid glass.

You have no idea what you're talking about.

chupacabra said...

While I'd rather be a little more tactful than 5:21,few things could prove a persons ignorance of science like defending the shuttle, the ISS or another trip to the moon.