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Space Shuttle Time Lapse

Thu 21 July 2011, 5:07pm

Stunning time lapse footage from orbit with the Space Shuttles Discovery and Atlantis foregrounding a magnificent view.  Via the NasaExplorer channel.

 

Segment 1: NASA’s Shuttle Discovery (STS131), while docked to the ISS, captured these images on April 12, 2010 as it moved from the night side of the Earth to the daytime. In the process the Aurora Borealis can be seen on the Earth’s limb. A solar panel from the ISS and a docked Soyuz module can be seen in the foreground.

Segment 2: NASA’s Shuttle Discovery (STS131), while docked to the ISS, captured these images on April 16, 2010. The sequence begins as the Shuttle emerges from darkness over the Canadian Rockies, traversing the United States southeast towards Florida. The Bahamas and Hispaniola are seen as the Shuttle continues over Venzuela, Brazil and finally the southern Atlantic ocean before returning to darkness.

Images courtesy of the NASA/JSC Gateway to Astronaut Photography http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov

Segment 3: The Sun rises behind space shuttle Atlantis in this time-lapse sequence from July 19, 2011, one of the last days of the historic final mission of the shuttle program.

And here are the final moments of the final flight of the Nasa Space Shuttle program.  Via the NasaKennedy channel.

Adds And, via the Guardian’s Adam Rutherford, here’s a great Nature video tribute - Space Shuttles united.

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  1. I’ll have to admit shedding a small tear at this morning’s landing. First concorde, now this. Both were money pits of course, but so were first-generation cars and aeroplanes. In those cases the early proofs of concept were followed by economically viable successors. There’s no sign of that in this case – the Constellation project has been sent back to the drawing board, and Skylon is in development hell.

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  2. Pete Baker (profile) says:

    Andrew

    You should definitely watch this video

    Adds And, via the Guardian’s Adam Rutherford, here’s a great Nature video tribute – Space Shuttles united.

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  3. carl marks (profile) says:

    The Shuttle gone, Half my age and out of commission.
    I remember the first one to go up,
    Will space be privatised now. in the hands of Richard Bronson and the like and would that be a good or bad thing.

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  4. carl,

    There will be government and private space operations, just as there are government and private airlines. The Chinese and Indian space programmes are still very much government-led. In the long run, diversity will be a good thing. I think the problem in the short term is that economics and technology are currently out of sync – the space age happened ahead of its time due to prideful governments throwing money at the technical problems. We’re entering a transitional era of uncertain duration now that the old superpowers have scaled back their commitments. I’m just praying that the Webb telescope will survive…

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  6. joeCanuck (profile) says:

    Carl,

    Given that NASA, temporarily at least, has no means to put men and women into low earth orbit it can’t be a bad thing if private firms can learn to do it more cheaply, but, principally, safely.

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  7. pauluk (profile) says:

    `the Constellation project has been sent back to the drawing board`

    In 2009 I was talking to an astronaut, (John McBride, I think his name was) at the KSC. He was saying how concerned they were about the future of NASA. Less than 6 months later, Obama scrapped the Constellation project (Feb 2010) which had been pushed by Bush as the follow up to the shuttle programme. As a result, American astronauts, for the foreseeable future, will need to hitch a ride into space with others.

    I presume that finances were the problem, but that didn`t stop Obama from putting the US into a debt of trillions of dollars over the past couple of years with other `wasteful` projects. Seems like America needs a new leader who can keep priorities straight.

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  8. Greenflag (profile) says:

    ‘I presume that finances were the problem’

    Yes but not much to do with the current President . More due to the fact of the rich getting richer and the poor poorer over the last decade and more as the USA ‘indulged ‘ in three wars overseas and still spends half the world’s total on armaments i.e as much as the rest of the entire world combined . And when large corporations like Bank of America and GE get to pay zero taxes and other large companies by means of ‘offshore ‘ relocations get not only to pay no taxes but get billions in dollars of ‘refunds ‘ then it should come as no surprise that there is no money in the kitty for ‘space ‘

    An American visitor told me that his ‘dog ‘ has and gets better health care than the woman who cleans his house or the lawn service employees who keep his lawn manicured what else should you expect :(

    I asked him how he could justify such a situation and his reply was it’s easy when you are a Republican (GOP) -in point of fact it’s how you know you are one :(

    BTW – but that didn`t stop Obama from putting the US into a debt of trillions of dollars over the past couple of years with other `wasteful` projects.

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  9. Greenflag (profile) says:

    Correction to above

    that last couple of lines

    ‘but that didn`t stop Obama from putting the US into a debt of trillions of dollars over the past couple of years with other `wasteful` projects.’

    Should have been deleted . They are untruths and barefaced lies both in the above and in pauluk’s original usage above at 5.43 p.m

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  10. Greenflag (profile) says:

    BTW – Great video above Pete .

    The best side of America the side that the world has always respected and admired -passing into history .

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  11. carl marks (profile) says:

    NASA seems to prefer the robot option for space exploration, private enterprise will i think be more interested in manned flights as that is where the money is.
    To the best f my knowledge at least six different private companies are competing to be the one who puts a reusable orbital mini shuttle into service, the only people left with heavy lift capability are the Russians and their economy is in even a worse state than America,
    So i fear that humans will not be leaving orbit for at least the next ten years maybe twenty, but then again both India and China could prove me wrong.

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