Tethered display at the KSC is an apt visual metaphor for current stalled US manned flight operations. Surely a temporary hiatus.
A mile or more further along Cape Canaveral………
in their natural setting as it were
7 years on, I must upload more photos from the Cape, and those at the Smithsonian up in Washington DC.
Another Irish connection at NASA.
From the ground UP!
I did fly a Cessna but mercifully for all, only momentarily, on a journey from Merritt Airport over the causeways and both rivers to Cocoa Beach and then north as close a allowed to the iconic 1957-2012 Cape launch site.
I thought of the many vehicles over 50 years that rose along this corridor transonically, supersonically and hypersonically.
The reference to a bank in Tampa should be overlooked. It is not the same plane. Never went near Tampa, officer!. Honestly!
My digitalized name on a microchip
is aboard this infra.
Admittedly there are > 750,000 but < 1 million other names on this human nail size silicon chip. All are travelling with the most expensive ‘car’ ever built, in a capsule, on top of a rocket, at hypersonic speed, for 8 months!
There is the adage ‘if it ain’t broke-don’t fix it’. The people at JPL though are always looking for options and they have chosen a more complicated multi-stage landing procedure (higher chance of failure) over the previous successful landing techniques.
Good luck. ETA August 2012. UPDATE. It landed perfectly ( the tiny section on top of the rocket ) All is well. The Mars Rover is working like a beaver -(if it were a robot)
The mission as the world knows-was a complete success. Curiosity is roving away with daily scientific tasks. Mars today helps you work rest and …..stay!
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